“Melissa did an awesome job on our photos. She showed up on time, was very understanding when I had to change some plans, understood and acknowledged some of my insecurities when it came to being photographed and helped both of us feel comfortable during the session. I also really love that she used a lot of different backgrounds from the same area instead of keeping us standing still in the same spot. There is a lot of variety in the photos because of this which I love, especially because the venue was so beautiful. Melissa was also very cute and peppy and you could tell she gets excited about her job. She seems to truly love the exchange of energy between herself and her clients as well as being a part of those special moments. Again, GOREGOUS pics with amazing variety in poses, backdrops, and editing. Can’t wait to have them printed.”

-Tatiana W.M.

ENGAGEMENT photos: Harrah's Hotel + Casino

Tatiana W. M.

“Melissa is fantastic! Besides her great energy she really searches for the right background, lighting and know exactly how to nail the shots! So fun work with and she’s very professional!”

-Juliana D.


Juliana D.

“Thank you Melissa!! You truly connected with my son and captured such amazing moments!! We will treasure these photos.”

Gisele B.

LIFESTYLE: Senior Portraits, Del Mar Beach

Gisele B.

“An absolute pleasure to work with! She handled the photoshoot with a balance of professionalism and warmth, and she has a great aesthetic eye and taste! Furthermore, I was working on a tight schedule near the days of the shoot, and Melissa made an active effort to get my photos ready when I needed them. The fee is also very reasonable relative to other photographers I’ve looked that. Definitely recommended!”

-Darren D.


Darren D.

“Melissa is the absolute best! She showed up early, stayed late just so she could make sure we were happy and got all the shots we wanted. She got all of me and my now husbands best angles and was very receptive to everything we wanted! Our pictures turned out so amazing and Im so thankful for her! Now we get to cherish our perfect day forever!!!”

-Grace S.

“I am a professional destination wedding planner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and have worked with many amazing photographers over my 14 year career. However, when my own daughter decided to get married in Coronado, California, I wanted to hire a local photographer who knew the area and would have tips for us for this specific location. After careful review, we selected Melissa Montoya and it was the best decision! She is amazing!!!! Her energy is so positive and creative. From the beginning she understood my daughter Grace’s vision. She and her fiancé, Caleb, wanted a more moody, editorial look for their wedding photos, with more focus on their couple’s photos than group shot type photos. They got exactly what they wanted, and the photos are gorgeous, romantic, sexy, and truly lovely! Every photo reflects the deep love Grace & Caleb have for each other. Not only was Melissa’s attitude amazing, but her knowledge of local venues for the type of shots that the couple wanted helped us out so much! She is a truly creative professional who reflected Grace & Caleb’s wedding day in a truly beautiful way.”

-Katie T.

WEDDING photos: North Coronado Beach

Grace S. & Katie T.

“Friendly, dependable and talented. Took way more photos than expected. Guests also commented on how friendly she was. Melissa was referred to us from our venue at Bali Hai and we are so happy we took the recommendation!”

Roxanne S.

WEDDING photos: Bali Hai, San Diego

Roxanne S.

“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

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