“We had the best time at our engagement photo shoot and I can truly say that Melissa went above and beyond to make our engagement photos perfect.  We loved our engagement photo session so much we asked Melissa to come to our engagement party to take photos too!  We are so happy with our pictures from both our engagement photo session and engagement party and couldn’t be happier with the overall experience.”

-Taylor B.

ENGAGEMENT photos: Scripps Beach

Taylor B.

“We’ve done family photos with Melissa for three years running and are so happy each time! Melissa is so flexible with scheduling that setting a time and place is always a breeze, which is such a relief. Our kids usually don’t like taking pictures and she always makes them feel so comfortable, which in the end makes for amazing photos that we’re so excited to share with friends and family. Highly recommend! Have had friends and coworkers go with Melissa as well, and all have been so glad that they did.”

Robin F.

FAMILY photos: Scripps Beach

Robin F.

“Melissa did the photos for my family (including my 1.5 year old). After considering a few photographers I went with Melissa because I’ve seen her photos and always appreciated that they were a bit different and more interesting than the standard photos I’ve seen. She completely delivered and I’m amazed at the photos she got of us! She made us feel comfortable, gave us great direction, and recommended the perfect spot for the photos. She gave us tips during the photo shoot and helped my daughter focus on her and smile. We had a great time and I am so happy we went with her!”

-Allison S.


Allison S.

“Melissa is an incredible photographer with the right background to bring all shoots to life. She is easy to work with and is able to make almost any setting work as a studio. She came out to Dogs Beach in Del Mar and worked with us for hours, getting amazing shots of dogs in action and in portrait settings as well. She followed the dogs back to our Dirty Dogs location in Solana Beach and continued with the shoot in and around our store. We had the edited photos back in just a few days, with links to give to our customers who allowed their animals to participate. This was an amazing experience for us and we cant wait to do it again. She is truly incredible and should be considered for any type of photo shoot in the future.”

“Melissa is very friendly and professional and not to mention a great photographer! She is great working with both indoor and outdoor lighting, and does a fantastic job editing! I would definitely recommend her if you are looking for a professional photo shoot of any kind.”

“Very professional. Extremely creative. Well priced. Dirty Dogs will be utilizing Melissa Montoya Photography again…”

-Dirty Dogs

COMMERCIAL photos: Dirty Dogs Solana Beach

Dirty Dogs

“I’m so grateful to my friend for recommending Melissa for our family photo shoot! I can’t get over how much she nailed the look and style I was looking (cacti and afternoon sun flares) for not to mention doing whatever necessary to get a smile out of our 11 month old! She is professional yet fun and I really appreciated her eye for the light and direction she gave to us camera shy folks.”

-Colleen S.


Colleen + Colin S.

“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.