Testimonials

“Melissa was kind enough to find the perfect location and face time us while she was there since we were across the country. She was able to help us devise a plan to have the perfect surprise proposal! I would recommend Melissa to anyone who wants to have a perfect proposal with even more perfect pictures to top it off! She really went above and beyond and was able to make our moment the center of attention for our special day. “

-Rohan P.

Rohan P.

“Melissa is a very talented photographer that has the gifting of making the photoshoot become a fun and exciting event. Here style of working is very uniqe and made me feel extremely comfitable and the result was far beyond my expectations. If you are looking for a photographer that can bring out a natural and relax look Melissa is the choice. I recommend Melissa Montoya highly.”

-Daniel M.

Daniel M.

“Big time thank you to Melissa for capturing beautiful beach-side photos of my mother-in-law and father-in-law with all 6 of their grandchildren! It is no easy feat to get 6 kids (ages 2 yrs-10 yrs) all together let alone looking and happy and then you throw in sun, wind, water, and sand! Melissa got so many gorgeous shots that we will cherish forever and had our gallery ready to view in 1 day!! Unheard of! Will continue to use Melissa as our family photographer, she is so easy to work with and such a great eye for the light. “

-Colleen S.

Colleen S.

“Melissa was amazing! She was able to direct and be creative throughout the shoot. I am not a model and just need photos for social and my website and she really as able to get a large variety in just an hour and a half. The lighting was beautiful, and the editing brought it to the next level.

-Jessa B

Jessa B.

“Absolutely Amazing! She is so professional and knows what she is doing. Engagement shoot, wedding day were both excellent! i cannot recommend her enough to everyone. you will not be disappointed.”

-Daniela P.

“We met Melissa at the San Diego Bridal Bazarr 2019. She was very engaging to talk with and we had no doubt she would be perfect for us. We wanted to confirm this by having a full interview with no other distractions. We met for coffee and began to go into everything we were imagining for our wedding. Melissa was able to walk us through the process of how she would operate and even created the timeline for our day right there. took into account everything from the ceremony, family photos, dancing, cake cutting, etc. we had the whole plan laid out for us to start working off of. this was amazing! Our engagement photo shoot is where we fell in love with her. not knowing what to expect we asked for advice on clothing and she help us create outfits that fit the locations we requested. she is a woman who has a lot of energy and brought the very best out of us and the photos reflected it. Seeing the final product and having the experience with her, my wife had absolute relief and appreciation that she was going there on our wedding day. We were both so nervous and taking photos was almost something you don’t want as your mind is racing through so many items. Melissa was able to get us focused and remember that we are doing this for each other and memories for our future selves. Having scouted the area prior to the wedding day, she had a well thought out plan on when and where to do our photos. She worked so well with our videographer and created such a wonderful environment of calmness and beauty for us. I couldn’t believe how incredible the pictures came out until we saw them. my wife had tears in her eyes seeing one with her and her mother, father, and sister. the sunset photos were an amazing idea and truly were magical. A friendship was formed and one that will certainly last. after all, just because the wedding is over doesn’t mean the adventure is. Expectancy photos, baby photos, family portraits will be in the future. And we have no doubt she will help be a part of those moments in our lives as well.”

-Alex T.

Daniela P. + Alex T.

“Working with Melissa for our maternity photos was fun and easy, and we absolutely love our photos! She was attentive and helpful from the beginning, offering lots of ideas for locations and even helping pick my outfit! Her energy and enthusiasm while taking our photos was infectious. We had a blast during our shoot and felt like we could be ourselves. She helped me feel beautiful, even with a growing belly. At the end of our shoot, Melissa was covered in dust, dirt, and sand from making sure she got all the right shots/ angles. We are so thankful we booked Melissa and would recommend her to anyone! “

-Leigh S.

Leigh S.

“Melissa Montoya is the best maternity photographer in San Diego! Not just her photography but also her knowledge of San Diego’s best photo spots is amazing. We were lucky to have found her. Sharing one of the many photos she clicked for my wife. Thank you again Melissa! I give her a score of 10/10.”

-Harjinder K.

Harjinder K.

“Melissa was so amazing to work with for our wedding photos. She had such a passion for her craft. She is a truly gifted photographer. I warned her in advance that I am not a photogenic person at all so was nervous about my pictures turning out. Of all days I wanted my pictures to be beautiful for my wedding. Boy did she deliver. Not only was she a joy to work with but she made me feel so comfortable, special and even beautiful. I would highly recommend working with Melissa. She will make you feel so special on your special day and beautiful when you need it most. Thanks again Melissa! “

-Shari S.

Shari S.

“I was super nervous because I’ve never done a photo shoot before, but Melissa set me right at ease from the very beginning. She is professional but so personable, and makes the shoot just fly by. The pictures turned out beautifully too, and we had them within 24 hours! We can’t wait to shoot with her again. Thank you!!”
– Kelli A.

“Our experience with Melissa felt personal, professional and thoughtful. We didn’t know how to pose for the camera or what positions would look best, but Melissa guided us through the whole experience and the outcome was phenomenal! Professional, timely and hard working. Melissa went above and beyond to satisfy our needs! We loved our experience with Melissa. Melissa is a Rock Star! Plain and simple. She picked the location, guided our awkward selves through the whole experience and delivered the photos insanely quick. It couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Thank you Melissa!!”
– George H.

Kelli A.+ George H.

“I adore our engagement photos!! Melissa has been an amazing photographer. She arrived bursting with energy, ready, prepared, professional and she literarly got the best out of us. There is no way in the world any other photographer would make us feel so good and relaxed and take these amazing pictures. She gave great directions such as how to turn, where to look and tips for great poses. She was very creative with the background so our photos looks like we took a trip around the world! 

I can hardly pick my favorite one. Thanks to Melissa we have these beautiful engagement photos to look back at with a smile remembering what a great time we had taking them.”

-Daniela P.

Daniela P.