“Melissa is an absolute dream to work with. She is very professional and captures the magic of the moment with creative direction and beautiful lighting! She is very high energy and knows exactly what to do and say to capture the perfect shots! I couldn’t be happier and highly recommend her for all of your photos!”

-Tarin Sirena Jewelry

Tarin Sirena Jewelry

“Padrisimas sus fotos! Ya van dos años que nos tomamos fotos con Melissa y siempre quedamos encantados! Aparte super linda hace reír a cualquier niño! Looking forward to the next one!”

-Denisse J.


Denisse J.

” I loved working with Melissa. Great photographer! Has a vision and can execute very well. Recommended all of the locations and worked out so well! The best part was the direction she gave, she was able to share what she saw and give me feedback for the best pictures. She is also a very positive person, made it easy to work with!!”

-Amal H.


Amal H.

“Melissa was an excellent photographer for my family photos and individual shots. She took so many great photos of my toddler smiling and looking at the camera! She really knows how to work with lighting and outdoor locations. I recommend her!”

-Alix A.

MATERNITY+FAMILY photos: Scripps Beach Boardwalk

Alix +Dion

“She was absolutely the best! She knew exactly what I wanted and how to help me get the best pictures possible. She may be small but her talent is huge! She was attentive and a great eye for detail. She is also really easy to communicate with and anybody would be truly happy to have her as their photographer!”

-Amanda E.


Amanda E.

“We had an amazing time working with Melissa and her team and the end result was an incredible set of photos! Melissa was super accommodating to our timeline, listened attentively to all of our requests and made us feel instantly comfortable in front of the camera. We wanted our photos not to feel too staged and to capture the memorable candid moments of the night, and that’s exactly what she produced in end. Can’t recommend her enough!”

-Rachel S.

WEDDING photos: San Diego Private Home

Rachel + Ignacio

“You need a picture? Melissa Montoya is the only place to go. She’s the best. She makes you feel so comfortable in front of the camera and she makes it so much fun. Just call her and book it.”

-Melissa B.


Melissa B.

“Love Melissa! We have used her on multiple occasions now and highly recommend. We will definitely use her in the future :)”

-Vidi H.


Vidi H.

“Melissa shot our pregnancy pictures and she was amazing. She had tons of ideas for posing, scenary… It was a fun experience and she was always making sure that I was ok. The pictures came out beautiful, definitly some of the best pregnancy photos I have seen!”

-Virginia D.

“Melissa Gracias!! thank you very much for your great work. My wife, myself, and daughter will thank you for years to come. The pictures came out amazing. Thank you and I recommend you to everyone, increibles las fotos!”

-James D.



Virginia + Jimmy

“Shooting with Melissa was an absolute pleasure. I was in need of new professional headshots, and having really liked Melissa’s portfolio, I reached out to work with her. From start to finish, I could not have been more pleased with Melissa and her work! I find shooting with some photographers to be unnatural, but Melissa made me feel totally comfortable, which I think made all the difference in getting great shots. I was able to relax which allowed my personality to shine through in the photos, something so important in getting a good headshot. Melissa had me laughing a lot of the time, so what could have been a boring day with bad results ended up being a super fun day with exactly the results I was looking for. So impressed as well with Melissa’s editing skills as well, as the final photos I received had the exact tone and feel that I was looking for. I recommend hiring Melissa 100% and would absolutely use her for photos again in the future.”

-Christian E.


Christian E.