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"Hire her! You won't regret it! Let me start off by saying Melissa is amazing! She is such a vibrant and social photographer. We hired her to do our simple courthouse elopement with our family. She made everyone feel so good and gave such good feedback (while taking pictures) to ensure the best angles and photos. My family even commented about how much they enjoyed and appreciated her personality after the wedding. The pictures turned out amazingly beautiful and the best part was the quick turnaround. We got sneak peek photos within a few days and the rest of our photos were delivered shortly after. She is also very organized ensuring the process goes smoothly and easing the stress of the process. HIGHLY recommend her for your special day!"
"Melissa is THE BEST! My husband and I hosted a 50 person microwedding in Downtown San Diego. Melissa was incredibly communicative from day one. She was so accommodating as we had several vision changes for our big day. We also received our beautiful photos within a week of the wedding which is unheard of. Super bubbly personality and she is an absolute joy to work with. I 100% recommend her for your special day."
"I met Melissa at a bridal convention back in the beginning of 2020. We exchanged conversation and planned everything out, then the pandemic hit. Unfortunately we had to postpone our 2020 Summer wedding and Melissa was so considerate and understanding. Fast forward to Fall 2021, and we were finally able to have our wedding. Melissa never made me feel forgotten even after the postponement and always checked on how things are going. She is easy to talk to and plan with. Having her as our photographer made our day even more special. She’s fun to be around and made us comfortable in front of the camera. The photos came out so beautifully. I especially loved how the photos during the speeches came out. You can really feel the emotion in them, and that’s something I will never forget and cherish forever. Melissa, thank you so much for everything.
I truly am grateful we connected and I can’t wait for you to photograph our future life events."
— Claudia M.
— Andrea C.
— Michelle L.
"We had a maternity shoot with Melissa and she made us feel comfortable instantly. Before our photoshoot she let me know that she could look over our outfit ideas and make suggestions on what would look best. We were staying at Coronado Island and she came to our location and suggested different places to take pictures so we could get a variety of scenic backgrounds. Our photos turned out amazing, it was a quick turn around to get our final edited photos. I would highly recommend Melissa as your photographer for your next photoshoot!"
"Melissa was amazing from first email to final edit of our pictures! She responded quickly and we were able to plan something right away. She was knowledgeable of locations and suggested a great spot for us. Once we arrived at location for our pictures, we felt like we had known her forever. She was so easy to work with and had my 2 year old daughter constantly smiling. She also suggested a great ice cream spot near by (we had bribed our daughter with ice cream). We’ve worked with a lot of photographers before and she definitely had the best suggestions for poses. TAT for pictures was so fast and we got to choose the pictures we wanted edited. Can’t wait to work with Melissa again next holiday season!"
"Melissa has done not just one but two amazing photo shoots for us! The first was right in the start of COVID when anxiety was high! We had to change our wedding to a short notice courthouse wedding and while it wasn't the wedding I imagined, you would never know it from the beautiful pictures Melissa captured. She turned a stressful day into an amazing experience and to this day I look at the photos in my house with pure adoration. We used Melissa again recently for family portraits of our uniquely blended family and again was in pure awe of her work! Her professionalism, attention to detail and amazing personality make her truly the best. She even took the time to edit out the porta potty's from a marathon taking place the day of our photos from the background. We will continue to call on Melissa for any future photos! 100% recommend!"
— Maria A.
— Leigh G.
— Billie Jo S.
"Melissa is the bomb! I needed profile pictures and she was all over it. From the initial consult brainstorming locations, to the attire selection/consultation, the shoot, she was prompt and responsive every step of the way. Once the final pics were chosen, editing was fast and she even followed up to make sure my downloads went smooth. I highly recommend Melissa."
"Melissa was super helpful and patient throughout the process. she is a great communicator and so fun to work with. I won't hesitate to work with her again!"
— Austen C.
— Diane K.
— Scott C.
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"Melissa is an amazing photographer! She did a great job at making us feel comfortable and allowed us to be ourselves in the moment. Family and friends loved her energy and she made the experience fun for everyone. Melissa processed the photos the same weekend and they are incredible beautiful! Thank you Melissa!"
"Melissa was wonderful to work with and she did an outstanding job shooting our wedding photos! She is very organized punctual and made our photo shoot lots of fun! We are very happy with the quality of photos that she captured and would highly recommend Melissa to anyone looking to capture special moments."
— Jacob C.
— Iliana T.
— Michael M.
"Melissa is the photographer to hire. If you are trying to find someone that will create amazing memories, then look no further. Her attention to detail is second to none. The entire process was very smooth, you realize within a few minutes that she is a true professional. Follow up and editing is also amazing. 10/10 highly recommend."
"Melissa was the perfect photographer for our elopement at Balboa Park! Ever since the first time I reached out to her 6 months ago, Melissa has always replied super fast, was on top of everything, and made everything so easy. My husband and I tend to feel awkward in front of the camera, but Melissa told us exactly how to pose and hyped us up! She has an amazing eye for detail and is able to take the prettiest pictures in spots you would never think of. My family loved her energy and appreciated how detail-oriented she was. I also appreciated how she walked us through Balboa Park a couple days in advance so we could have a clear plan for the photoshoot. I would highly recommend working with her for any type of pictures!"
— Minh W.
— Simranjit S.
— Natalie L.
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"We recently worked with Melissa for our engagement shoot and were SO happy we went with her! She got back to me right away after I submitted an online inquiry and made the process of planning and scheduling a breeze. I loved her energy during the shoot- she made my fiancé and I feel at ease throughout the entire process. Now for the best part - the photos. They came out STUNNING! I loved that we could pick 100 from the raw files, then she edited that (quite large) subset. We are so happy with how they came out, and have gotten so many compliments from friends and family. I'd highly recommend Melissa to anyone in the San Diego (and beyond) area!"
"My Fiancé and I don't like having our pictures taken, so we were both nervous going into this photoshoot. However, Melissa made it a really fun experience and eased both of our nerves. We did our Engagement with her and the pictures turned out better than we could imagined. She also gave us a wide variety of pictures to choose from which is great. Highly recommend and will definitely hire her for future photoshoots."
"Melissa is THE BEST. She helped me plan my surprise engagement photoshoot and was beyond helpful with recommendations and working around my plan. She is passionate, full of energy and super quick to deliver the finished products! I would 1000% recommend her for any occasion and look forward to working with her again...thank you Melissa!!"
— Michael W.
— Cassie V.
— Nicole L.
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"Beyond just being incredibly professional, experienced, and knowledgeable, Melissa is also extraordinarily kind. If you're like me and find yourself feeling rather shy and awkward in front of the camera, have no fear -- Melissa will save the day! Throughout our entire session she made sure to provide clear instructions on how to pose as well as shout out affirmations that will simply fill anyone with the most confidence. At the beginning of our session, I clued her in on some insecurities of mine, and she made sure to showcase me in my best light! She even offered me lovely advice on my chosen outfits for the day:)
From the very beginning, Melissa was very responsive. She replied to all my messages in a very timely manner. She arrived at our agreed location early so that she could scope the area out ahead of time and find the best spots with proper lighting. This meant that when I arrived, we were immediately able to step right in and get some great shots! Finally, she 100% honors her 10 day turnaround time for edited photos.
I'm a first generation college student, and Melissa has provided me with grad photos that beautifully and permanently mark this meaningful accomplishment for me and my family."
"I spontaneously decided to do a maternity photoshoot while visiting La Jolla. My heart was set on Scripps Pier as the location. I was lucky to be able to connect with Melissa 2 weeks prior to us visiting. She made the booking and preparation process very smooth. She was a pleasure to work with and kept me safe walking up and down to and from the beach. I brought some props that she incorporated into the pictures. She had great visions where and how to take pictures. She communicated well, especially with the bad weather potentially coming up for our photoshoot. She is a great person and a great photographer, I can not recommend her enough!"
"Melissa was an amazing photographer! Her service was fantastic throughout the entire process, even when I was just first asking questions. Her response time was quick, I had first emailed her after hours 2-3 weeks out from the ceremony, and had gotten a response 3 hours later that night. Melissa eased the stress and worries about what we had to do on our ceremony day; she gave us a walkthrough inside the San Diego administration building on what to expect the day before, and showed us where our shots would be taken around the building. The day of the ceremony, she took pictures at every possible moment and guided us on how to pose. She queued our families when it was their turn to take group photos and took lots of photos of us with them within the 30 minutes before our portrait shots. When it came to our shots together, it was honestly a fun time and Melissa made the time go by an instant. My husband and I made a request when we had first emailed to get shots taken at the Midway statue, and with the last 15-20 minutes with her, she drove us down to the Midway and took amazing shots of us. We loved the service we got from Melissa and we definitely loved all the photos that she took of us. I would 100% recommend Melissa to photograph your special day!
— Mareike B.
— Aliza M.
— Sara K.
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"Melissa was absolutely wonderful to work with. I was impressed by her prompt responses to my questions pre-shoot. During the shoot, she was organized, professional, fun, and created a relaxed environment for the shoot. Turn-around time for the photos was very quick and my husband and I were very impressed by the quality of Melissa's photos. I would definitely hire Melissa again to capture life's special moments :) "
"We are so happy we went with Melissa for our wedding photos! We did a civil ceremony at the San Diego County Administration Building and the photos turned out amazing and helped make our “courthouse” wedding feel very special.
Melissa met with us ahead of time to walk around the area and showed us where we would be taking pictures, and also where we would for the paperwork and ceremony. It was very helpful for us to get an idea of what to expect for the actual wedding day and it’s clear she’s an expert on all the best spots around the building. She was incredibly efficient with all our group photos, noticed all the little details, and made us feel very comfortable throughout the process. Plus, her turnaround time to send us the photos was very quick!"
"Melissa was excellent to work with! My partner and I did an engagement photoshoot with her, and we are so happy about how the photos turned out! We were in San Diego for only a short period of time and had hoped to do a sunset photoshoot - Melissa noticed that the weather was forecasted to be cloudy and she was very accommodating in changing the time for the shoot on the day of so that we still got good lighting. Commutating with her was easy and she always replied to emails promptly. She was also very enthusiastic during the shoot and made us feel at ease. We would love to work with her again in the future!"
— Molly B.
— Eren F.
— Kelli M.
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"My husband and I hired Melissa for our small courthouse wedding and let me tell you, she’s AMAZING! She made it a point to meet with us a couple weeks before our big day to go over the best photoshoot locations so we could get a better idea of how things would flow the day of. Melissa is super personable and very talented at her craft. She has loads of experience and knows exactly the perfect angles and positions for beautiful and flattering shots. We highly recommend her!"
"The day of our ceremony, she arrived early and had already scouted where she wanted some of the bridal portraits. We began shooting and I, unfortunately, had a moment of feeling incredibly overwhelmed. Melissa paused shooting for a few minutes while she grabbed me water, fixed my makeup and helped center myself before we moved on. Her kindness and attention to my mental well-being throughout the day made a huge difference and I am so appreciative. Throughout the night, she helped direct some of the timing so we could stay on schedule and continued to capture amazing photos. I am so pleased with the end result and cannot thank her enough. If you are looking to find a photographer who goes above and beyond, please choose Melissa!"
"It was such a JOY to work with Melissa! We had our wedding at the County Administration Center in San Diego, but just by looking at our pictures, you would not even believe that we were at a government building. Melissa met with us the day before our wedding and walked us through the entire process and around the building. Her knowledge of just the courthouse wedding process put us at ease, but it was truly her creativity in seeing/explaining her shots that blew us away.
Melissa produces BEAUTIFUL pictures and we are obsessed. The turn around for our sneak peaks and our full gallery was so quick and well within her quoted time.
I cannot recommend Melissa Montoya Photography enough. Thank you so much, Melissa, for helping make our little courthouse wedding feel so magical."
— Mayra H.
— Lauren R.
— Gabrielle L.
"Words can't describe how excited/happy my fiance and I were after we saw the edited photos done by Melissa. Overall, are experience from inquiry to day of session was easy, Melissa was very responsive given that we were coming from Austin, Texas to San Diego, California. Melissa made us super comfortable during the session, coaching us prior and during the shoot to get our best sides and best photos possible. We highly recommend booking your time with Melissa. Again, big hugs and THANK YOU to you Melissa!"
"Melissa is truly an expert and artist when it comes to capturing the perfect lifestyle/branding photos! She was very skillful in optimizing sunlight and framing shots nicely with tasteful depth of field. Melissa was super personable, making you comfortable and looking your best for each shot! She was punctual to my photo session and had a fast turnaround time for the edited photos. If you want guaranteed quality and satisfaction of professional photos, I'd highly recommend Melissa!"
“Absolutely stunning! Choosing Melissa for our engagement photos was the best decision. Not only is she an incredibly gifted photographer, but she’s super friendly and a pleasure to work with. Throughout the process she was quick to respond and more than accommodating in her recommendations. During the shoot, she was patient and thorough so that we could have the best photos possible. I would 100% work with her again and can’t recommend her enough!”
— Jacob S.
— Isabella B.
— Ellen T.
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"Melissa is fantastic! She completely put us at ease and felt like an old friend, while being incredibly professional and with a keen eye for detail. Melissa shot our elopement photos and later our son's 1 year photos. For both shoots, she had already scoped out prime spots within our location and was careful to consider lighting and angles. It takes a truly talented photographer to make their clients feel comfortable enough to let their personalities shine through and you definitely get that with Melissa."
"Melissa is amazing! As a person, she is warm, energetic, and funny. As someone who doesn't love getting her photo taken, Melissa made the process so easy and kept me laughing and relaxed; when you are a stressing bride this means a lot! Melissa has an amazing sense of setting and light; her artistic eye made our photos phenomenal. Melissa truly is an exceptional photographer. Hire her; You will not be disappointed."
"Melissa is AMAZING!! We did a couple’s photo shoot and we are more than happy with our results. She was very helpful in finding a location that was right for us. During the shoot she was easy to work with and made us feel at home. We have never had so much fun with a photo shoot!!! We highly recommend Melissa if you are looking for photographer."
— Justine Y.
— Brooke C.
— Kelly S.
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"Melissa completely surpassed all of our expectations and I'm absolutely thankful that we found her!! She was so much fun to work with and made us feel comfortable during our photo shoot. She went above a beyond in every way possible; including the recommendations on the location and the best time of day to correlate with what we wanted, and spending extra time to get the most perfect photos. If you need any kind of professional photos taken, hands down, I recommend Melissa!"
"Selecting Melissa Montoya Photography for our Maternity photos was the best decision! Melissa surpassed our expectations of a photographer in every way. From initially reaching out she was awesome to work with- a great communicator, very timely and responsive. We felt so comfortable with her during the shoot. She gives great direction to bring out the best photos. Her energy makes for a fun shoot with many shots to choose from- she is so efficient to capture the most moments possible. We were blown away by how quickly she returned our photos, and we absolutely loved the photos. Melissa is very talented and we would 1000% recommend her to friends and work with her again."
"We hired Melissa for a corporate photoshoot. It was a last-minute hire and on a very tight timeline. Not only did she make herself available immediately, she was also so easy to work with and delivered incredible photos.
Bottom line: Talented and delightful to work with!
— Sydney S.
— Tara N.
— Trisha D., Fiverr
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"Melissa was absolutely AMAZING! Amazing response time to any and all my questions. Amazing photographer and an amazing person. We are a shy family but had a blast shooting with her and got the most gorgeous photos! Her artistic eye in how to pose and capture beautiful photos is unmatched! I will remember this experience forever and am so happy we hired Melissa to capture our family moments :DHire her! You won't be disappointed!"
— Allison P.
— Hannah H.
— Alexix S.
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"Melissa was great! She has a bubbly personality and a great sense of humor, so I was relaxed and having fun for the entire session. She has a great eye for lighting and angles, and the photos came out just as I was hoping. Since she has so many ideas for poses and backgrounds I had tons of options to choose from for my final selection. I would highly recommend working with her!"
"Hiring Melissa to capture our intimate elopement was the best decision ever! From the first time we met her for our venue walk-through, she was extremely friendly, professional, and passionate. On the big day, she provided fantastic creative direction and made my husband and I feel very comfortable. Her energy and passion for her work are undeniable, and we were absolutely thrilled with the pictures and special moments she captured on our big day. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer for their elopement/wedding!"
"Melissa is absolutely Amazing! I'm so happy that I booked her for our maternity/family photos. I love how personable and friendly she is, you will definitely feel comfortable and beautiful (especially being pregnant lol). You can tell she is very passionate about photography and very knowledgeable about locations, angles, poses, and lighting! I love how our pictures came out! I can't thank her enough!"
— Alexandria G.
— Nik C.
— Lilly K.
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"I have had the privilege to work with Melissa in multiple occasions and we knew she would be our photographer for our wedding day. She still continues to surprise me with her ability to catch the most breathtaking lighting and intimate little moments of the day. I am able to look back at these photographs and feel the amount of love that was present that day. It is so special to have someone like Melissa being there in your most important days of lives. Moments that you want to relive everyday. I wouldn't trust anyone else to capture those moments. Melissa, you have a client for life!"
"Melissa does it again! This time, it was for a day I will never forget, my wedding day. She captured the love that was shared that day with our family and friends. Moments that I will forever look back on and for that I am so grateful for Melissa. She captures incredible lighting, delivers the photos in excellent time and surpasses expectations. Gives AMAZING direction!! She scouts the bests locations and knows the time of day that will give you the results you want. You can tell Melissa loves what she does for a living, very I evolved and high energy!! Melissa, you have a client for life!!!"
"Melissa is amazing!! I'm so happy for the family photoshoot she did for us she is kind and fun, so passionate about her job. I won't doubt to recommend her and obviously call her for more photoshoots in the future. Thank you so much Meli!!!"
"We met Melissa during the recent San Diego Bridal Bazaar. When we left we were the most impressed with Melissa’s photos and felt she really would do our wedding justice, but we were still open. Luckily we won an engagement shoot with Melissa and could use that opportunity to truly understand her work and process. Not only were the images amazing but Melissa has exemplary responsiveness. She booked the session immediately. She sent the unedited images within a few hours and when we selected images to edit she also sent those completed within a day! That alone was so reassuring and an important element we want for our wedding vendor team. From even the unedited images we had no doubts about booking Melissa for our wedding. Very excited to work with her again!"
— Carolina V.
— Bianca M.
— Verina O.
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"I love Melissa. She is very energetic and inspiring. It was our first time doing the photoshoot and she made it seems so easy for us. Her work turned out amazing. Within 2 weeks, we have already got our photos. Thank you so much Melissa! Definitely see you soon!"
"I was so impressed with Melissa and would recommend her to anyone! She responded to my questions within an hour each time we emailed/texted and was very prompt. The hardest thing for me was determining a schedule of events (we had an unconventional wedding at the courthouse and wanted pictures in a few locations) and Melissa planned the whole day seamlessly, even giving me multiple options to choose from. My pictures were ready much faster than I had expected and I've already gotten SO many compliments on them from friends and family. We have a perfect mix of posed and casual shots, with everyone's happiness perfectly captured. She even managed to wrangle my dog in the photos. She made everyone feel really comfortable in the photos; my fiancé and I were nervous at being the centers of attention and she really put us at ease. 10/10!"
"Melissa is fantastic! I hired her to take professional photos for my business and she exceeded all of my expectations. She is professional, on time and made the process super fun. She has a great eye for light and surrounding textures making for some incredible photos. I am already hiring her again for my family photos and more!"
— Tram N.
— Melissa J.
— Emily F.
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"Melissa was extremely helpful with my surprise proposal and photo shoot. She helped me plan out a location that would be better setting and for better lighting, as well as got there early and helped me plan out ideal locations for the proposal. She was very professional and took some amazing pictures that we will remember forever. Not to mention she was able to provide our edited photos back in less than a day! Highly recommend Melissa for any photo shoots you may need."
"Melissa is such a gem and extremely talented! Photos are what I treasure most and when we started searching for a wedding photographer, it became more daunting than fun. Everyone we had talked to just felt like another business transaction but Melissa made it so personal from the beginning. She wanted to setup a call and asked questions to get to know us and our story. My husband and I are both in customer service and the moment we talked to her, we could tell she truly cared and we did not hesitate to book her. First, we did our engagement photos with Melissa and I was blown away! She has an amazing eye and can capture all the feels. On top of it, her personality makes the shoot so much fun! She's the perfect hype woman - full of energy and great and giving advice on how to look your best. We felt comfortable right away! We had to postpone our big wedding and had a small backyard family one. She was extremely flexible and able to do the small one also. Our families had so much fun with her! She's great at getting the crowd to move and pose. She has the best visions and her photos are just stunning! PLUS her turn around time is unbelievably awesome - SO quick! Book Melissa - you will not regret it for a second. She has the best personality and so great to communicate with. I can't wait for next year's wedding - and will be using for years to come! Thank you Melissa - you've made these moments so special for us!"
"From the very start Melissa was very responsive and easy to talk to. We scheduled a maternity shoot with her at Scripps Pier. She made us feel very comfortable and made the shoot very fun. We'll definitely be using Melissa again for any photos in the future and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer."
— Shawn B.
— Chirag M.
— Emily K.
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"Melissa did a wonderful job on our photo shoot of graduation photos on the campus of the University of San Diego. She visited the area ahead of time and found beautiful backdrops for the shots. She's very friendly and did such a good job making sure every shot was perfect. Her turn around for the photos was very fast. Once we selected our favorite images, she had the edited ones back to us within a few days.I highly recommend her!"
"Melissa is just the best. We reached out for her to shoot our elopement with just a few weeks notice, and she made the whole process easy and fun. She kindly scheduled a walkthrough with us a week before to talk through ideas, and was always quick to respond to our questions. On the day of, she brought an amazing energy that helped us feel comfortable in front of the camera. I couldn't believe her speed - she returned the photos to us within just a few days. And they were all BEAUTIFUL! Cannot recommend Melissa enough!"
— Carolyn H.
— Amy B.
— Abigail R.
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"I was on my first real vacation with my husband and I really wanted to document our trip. It was a rare opportunity that we both had the free time to get away, so it was special. I found Melissa on Google and loved her work. From my initial contact with her, she was kind, professional, and genuinely interested in getting to work with us. At our shoot, it felt like I was with an old friend! It was easy. Effortless. And worth every cent. She captured the most breathtaking images that I'll treasure forever."
"Melissa is an amazing photographer. She is very professional. She knows how to capture the best moment and all the photos looks so natural and beautiful. We did maternity photo with her at La Jolla, and I can say those are some of the best photos we have ever seen:) Overall, I highly recommend Melissa for any type of photo shoot."
"Melissa did an incredible job with my professional headshots. She reached out ahead of time to ask for my vision, any specifications, and to discuss location and logistics. She guided me on clothing and hair decisions, and special considerations regarding lighting. Her planning and organization leading up to the shoot made me feel confident and prepared. On the day of the shoot, her energy and enthusiasm were infectious! Any nerves that I had were immediately dampened, as she encouraged and cheered me on. I like how she showed me the images throughout the shoot, building my confidence and helping to guide me in what angles worked and didn't work. My final headshot images were professional and unique. They were exactly what I was looking for. She really made my vision come to life. Such a great experience!"
— Olivia F.
— Taylor L.
— Jennifer D.
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"Recently did my maternity photos with Melissa. I’m not from the area so I put all of my trust in her with choosing the location and time. The pictures came out better than I could imagine AND they were done being edited in a couple of days (other people/places I’ve had to wait a week or more for edits). My boyfriend WHO HATES pictures even mentioned how he had fun. I can’t wait to do family pictures with her"
"I can't recommend Melissa enough, she is an incredible photographer! Not only did she make us feel at home and natural when taking our photos, she also is incredibly creative and talented. She is able to create a beautiful experience by listening to what you want. Also, Melissa is able to make your photos unique by learning about you and bringing out your personality in the photos. My photos from our photo shoot are honestly the best photos I have ever had, because of her talent as a photographer. Melissa was also very prompt and professional with communication, logistics, and all photo shoot details. I am already plotting when I can work with Melissa again!"
"Wow! Melissa took our family portraits in Newport and I can't get over how amazing they are. Her pictures turned out EXACTLY the way I was hoping they would! The way she captured the light and was able to get great shots of my 3 kids is no easy feat! My sister has used her for multiple family pictures as well (which is how I heard of her) and they are super wonderful too, so she is obviously very talented. I can't wait to book her again. The pictures she took will always be special to me. If you need a photographer who does brilliant and creative shots, you've found your photographer in Melissa!"
— Imani M.
— Dani K..
— Maya G.
"Melissa is fantastic!! She took our wedding photos during a covid courthouse ceremony. Melissa made everything so easy. She brought joy, energy, and professionalism. Easy communication, great to work with, and fast turnaround. She is super efficient with time, and we got so many different types of photos. We love her mix of candid and posed photos. Melissa also walked us through what to expect during a marriage hut ceremony, texted us reminders the day before the ceremony, and shared tips and advice. Hire Melissa!"
"Melissa made our shoot beyond memorable and amazing. Her creativity and ideas for building the perfect love story was unmeasurable. Such a sweet, silly woman. We walked a mile it felt like to get to the shooting site, but she assured us it was for the perfect spot and place and it really was. We were able to have three outfit changes in a short period of time (due to us running a little late) and so many moments captured. She's a miracle worker!! Here's two I'll post. Thankful to have found her services and glad to be here and recommend her to all of you."
— Harpreet T.
— Kate R.
— Nikki M.
"Melissa is the trifecta! Professional, punctual, and extremely talented. We had such a great experience and spectacular results that will last a lifetime. She worked well with our newborn and toddler. My favorite was, she found places around our property and home, I would have never thought would photograph so beautifully. I continue to be thrilled with the results."
""Melissa is one of the best photographers !! We hired her for our engagement pictures and I am very picky with my pictures . She was very patient with us through the whole process . She took her time to understand our needs and wants and added her amazing talent to a great set of pics !! She has great locations for any scenery you ask for . Also very fast at getting pictures to you. Great prices ! You can't go wrong."
— Silvana C.
— Von D.
— Sepiedeh P.
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"I cannot say enough great things about Melissa! She made our engagement day so special and the pictures she took are something I look at daily! She went above and beyond helping my fiancé pick the perfect spot to propose. Being from Oklahoma and just visiting San Diego, I found out later on that he had been in contact with her for weeks so she could give him suggestions on where to do it and went so far as to FaceTime him at different locations so he could see what it would look like. She knows her stuff and makes taking pictures so much fun and they turn out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
We cannot thank her enough and appreciate everything she did to make our day so special!"
"Melissa is amazing! We hired her to be the photographer for our wedding next year and recently had an engagement shoot with her. The shoot went so well! Melissa is very enthusiastic and a true professional. She provides the perfect amount of direction and captures beautiful photos. She is also got the photos back to us within two days! We are so happy that we hired her for our wedding!"
"Melissa is truly a gifted photographer! She makes magic Happen with the snap of her camera! My husband and I were in love with how our wedding pictures came out! She does not only capture the great moments of the day, she also captures wonderful memories. Melissa is such a pleasure to work with and such an awesome energy to have. She is very flexible and just rolls with the punches. We cannot praise her enough with how amazing her work is."
— Colette A.
— Selene Z.
— Cady S.
"Melissa took our family holiday photos. She did a great job of helping us find the right beach for the best background, entertaining our 1 year old to get smiles, and was super easy to work with as always. She also got our photos turned around at lightning speed. Will definitely use her again next year. We originally used Melissa for our wedding photos back in 2017. She did an amazing job, and we always get complimented on our great photos."
"One word... amazing. I learned about Melissa from our neighbor friend. They gave us a holiday card with their photos for two years and I always notice the photos on them. I finally asked who took them so I can reach out for our first family picture. As it turned out, I had two other people who used her and highly recommended her. This was our first professional family photo session and Melissa made it so comfortable and fun. I felt like I've known her for a while even though I had just met her. She just has a natural welcoming aura. She has such a high energy and a contagious laugh and smile...which made it easier for us to give her our smiles :) She handle our toddler so well and captured him smiling...yay!!! :) I always prefer more candid photos to truly capture the people and that's exactly what she did with ours. It's taken me some time picking out which photos I wanted because they were all so good. I've definitely and will continue to refer Melissa to family and friends. We can't wait to do more sessions with her. So excited to print our photos to hang in our home and include as part of our holiday cards. P.S. She really does have a great package deal. I would say even better than any you will find on Groupon. Melissa...YOU ROCK!!!"
"Melissa did an amazing job with our family/maternity photos! She was so flexible with time and location. She shot me pregnant with my husband and two little girls, 5 and 3. She was so good with them and let them play and waited for they to warm up to the camera. We're waiting for our baby to get a few more months older to do another photo shoot."
— Nikki A.
— Maria H.
— Anne B.
"We have finally found a photographer that we will use as long as she is in business! Melissa is such a catch! I asked her to do our annual family photos this year, a session which also needed to double as a maternity shoot, and my husband and I were blown away by the experience. She suggested a site which allowed her to take photos that made it look like we were in multiple locations, she helped with wardrobe decisions, she came prepared and energized for us and she was so entertaining that my three year old didn't tire of saying "cheese" over and over for two hours! Melissa turned around hundreds of photos and let me pick which out of that batch I wanted to keep as the ones I paid for in my package. She was fun and professional and we love the photos she took more than any others we have done professionally. We will be using her again, and recommending her to anyone who asks!"
"Melissa is amazing. There's no other way to put it. My maternity shoot with her was truly an experience to remember. She was very prompt with her responses and helped me decide on a location. She's sweet, fun and honest which is huge when your capturing moments and memories that you will hold dear to your heart for a lifetime. We loved it so much that we've since had 2 family shoots with her and look forward to future shoots with Melissa. So grateful that we found her. From beginning to end she is quite simply, THE BEST."
"Melissa is the sweetest with a great eye, she made my maternity photoshoot fun, energetic, and brought our love to life. My hubby and I are not cheesy photo people, but we loved our experience and best of all beautiful photos to remember my 32 week pregnant moments. She was earliy to our appointment and a pleasure to work with. It shows that she loves taking photos!"
— Shauri W. I.
— Marina M.
— Meghan D.
"What can I say but nothing short of amazing! I met Melissa through mutual friends who had hired her for their wedding. One meeting with her and the rest was history. She has an amazing personality which cascades into an awesome vibe. Started off with an engagement shoot with her and had huge plans for our wedding but when Covid hit, my wife and I were stressing if we were even going to have one. Melissa was there every step of the way to help us, answer questions and just chat. Ended up finding a new venue, had to replan an entire wedding in a month, she accommodated us and worked with us to shoot an amazing day for us. My wife and I cannot thank her enough for such an amazing job. Will definitely be hiring her for more pictures and shoots very soon! You will not be disappointed!!"
"Where do I even begin?! Melissa is beyond amazing. We have worked with Melissa multiple times. From our San Diego courthouse wedding to our maternity shoot. She is insanely talented. She makes you feel comfortable (even when you have no idea what to do) by giving great direction and a great sense of humor. We are always amazed at the moments she can capture. Melissa is extremely versatile. From weddings to commercial shoots, she can really do it all. We are always impressed with her talent, work ethic, and infectious personality. We will continue to have her document our special life moments for years to come."
"Where do I even start? Melissa is amazing! Super personable and she has great energy! She made my little family feel so comfortable during our photo shoot. She gives great direction when trying to make sure the picture looks perfect. The location she had us meet at was perfect. So many different backgrounds all within a few minutes walking. She was great with our one year old, even with him just waking up from a nap and being a little cranky. Overall great experience. I'm glad my friend referred me and I will definitely refer her to everyone."
— Christine F.
— Lauren R.
— Anthony K.
"Melissa was absolutely amazing! My two childhood best friends and myself were reuniting for the first time in 2 years and, for the first time, our husbands and kids were joining the party too. We decided we wanted to capture this joyous time together and I did some research for a photographer in Southern California. Melissa was prompt with all her communication, extremely helpful with ideas and outfits, and made me feel like I was her only client ever. She was professional and fun and somehow managed to entertain 6 adults and 2 squirrely kids for an hour and a half. And the best part: the photos look stunning! I couldn't have asked for a better experience!"
"Where to even begin..... Melissa is an absolute joy to work with. I have always been a detail oriented and organizational person and look to hire individuals with those same qualities. Planning a wedding can be very stressful, especially during a pandemic. Melissa was flexible from the start and understanding as well as accommodating when we had to reschedule our big destination wedding. She was so wonderful that we still wanted to work with her for our very intimate wedding. Melissa was able to make the whole process exceedingly smooth, even for us deciding on an intimate wedding last minute. From discussing our needs, wants, signing contracts, making payments, to the day of the event, everything was very well organized to my taste. Also, I am very camera shy and can be awkward when shooting photos. She was able to provide great direction on poses and locations to shoot. Something I loved was that she makes it a priority to go to the location site before the event to pick out scenery that we would like and that suits our taste. Feeling comfortable is of great importance to me when working/collaborating with someone and she did that and more!! She provides such a positive energy and professionalism, not to mention she made the session about my partner and me. Even after shooting our event, she was able to provide us about 30 or more sample photos that same day!! I was totally not expecting this as I have worked with other photographers and had a longer turn around. It was such a splendid surprise to see such high-quality photos of our wedding so quickly. Additionally, she sent us all our photos that same week. Overall, this experience was absolutely sensational. Melissa definitely sets the standards high for what a professional photographer should be providing. Not to mention that she is genuinely passionate about her art. We are so thrilled we found her and am excited to shoot our big wedding next year with her!! We cannot thank you enough Melissa!!"
"We just got back our photos from our first ever family photo session and Melissa's beautiful work has me crying tears of joy! I cannot believe how amazing these images are! We are new-ish parents and we decided we should take family pictures. Three years ago, Melissa took our engagement photos and we knew then that she was an amazing talent who truly loves what she does. We did not hesitate to re-book Melissa for our first ever family shoot. We are so glad we made that choice as we are blown away by the results! After our shoot, Melissa sent us hundreds of photos to choose from, all of which I would be thrilled to have framed in our home. This is no small feat with a nine-month old baby. As I am sure happens often to Melissa, our baby completely fell in love with her. She got him to smile in so many pictures. Both my husband and I do not love posing for pictures, but Melissa made us feel so comfortable and at peace. We both enjoyed the experience and it shows in the beautiful prints she created. She was able to have all of us smiling and engaged in each frame! We are laughing, smiling, happy, and you can see how much our little family loves each other in these images. Not only did Melissa make the whole experience enjoyable, but she also went above and beyond. She helped me coordinate outfits for the whole family beforehand and suggested a location that made it look like we were in 5 different places! We got so much variety in one photo session. She completely understood the vibe I wanted and delivered beyond my wildest expectations. She has a gift that is unparalleled in the industry. I feel so lucky that I got to work with her and will be working with her for years to come."
— Rebecca M.
— Danni I.
— Brenda V.
"Melissa is absolutely amazing!! She captured our family perfectly! We have three small children and she kept them laughing and smiling the entire time. She is fun, patient, and professional. We couldn't be happier with the way our family photos turned out!"
"So much fun! Great attitude and pictures turned out absolutely amazing!"
"Melissa did such an amazing job taking my maternity pictures! She made it fun & comfortable! Definitely pictures of a lifetime, 10/10 would recommend! Best photographer out there!!"
— Jeff C.
— Natalie C.
— Laura O.
“Hands down the best photographer out there! She’s super nice and gets super excited about shots, makes you laugh and has that creative eye. My family enjoyed her as well! Would highly recommend her and book her again for future shoots! Already told my sister to book her for her wedding next year!”
"Melissa recently took senior photos of my daughter and we could not have asked for a better experience. My daughter does not enjoy having her photo taken but Melissa was able to get her to loosen up and she ended up having so much fun. Melissa is so creative and her energy is beyond fantastic. I would definitely recommend her!"
"Melissa took our courthouse wedding photos, and did an amazing job. She went above and beyond for our photos. Got everyone to laugh and smile for the camera, and got tons of compliments from both sides of the family. All our friends and family commented on how great she did with the photos, and interacting with everyone. She is very bubbly, personable, and energizing. She got our family members to smile, loosen up, and enjoy the photo taking process. All our friends and family commented on how great she did with the photos, and interacting with everyone.am still stunned by our photos she took. I will definitely be going back to her for more photos in the future."
— Georgia M.
— Jamie W.
— Lauren P.
"Simply put - Melissa is the best. We hired her for our courthouse wedding in downtown San Diego. She did a walk through with us the week prior (super helpful). She is very responsive, arrives early, and stays late to get that perfect shot. She is full of positive energy and encouragement; she will keep you smiling throughout the entire shoot. She uploaded our photos quickly (and provided sneak peaks). I would 100% book Melissa again and recommend her to any friend. Our photos are stunning. She is A++, zero complaints, only praise."
"My magical day was beautifully captured by Melissa and I will always be thankful! Even though my wedding was set under certain COVID regulations, Melissa blessed us with her energy and captured THE most breath taking memories! Since reaching out to Melissa, she has provided the best support and was a true blessing to have by my side. She ensured there was communication to bring my dream memories to life. It was a pleasure to work with Melissa and I look forward to work with her in the future!"
"I needed some lifestyle photos for a business venture and I was beyond happy with my photos! Melissa is professional, communicative, and FUN! She creates such a relaxing energy during the shoot that gets the best shots out you. Feels good to know I have found my photographer for life! Thanks Melissa!!"
— Keith C.
— Maria G.
— Hannah R.
Melissa is a great photographer! She is very professional and has a fantastic energy. We’re so glad she could be a part of our special day!
Melissa was awesome and our photos were amazing. She knew all the best spots to photograph us and she kept it fun, while making sure we were always comfortable. Melissa communicated promptly and clearly, and was also patient and understanding. We had such a great time working with her and I would highly recommend hiring her!
I worked with Melissa a few months ago because I needed more photos for marketing my health coaching biz on Instagram. A friend of mine had referred me to her and we set up our shoot super quickly! She was so helpful during our time together and made me feel so natural and comfortable. I'm no model so I told her I needed direction and she delivered. She is also just the sweetest human ever and such a pleasure to work with :)
Our wedding plans for June 2020 were changed due to unseen circumstances of COVID. We still made the best out of our day, and got married! I found Melissa on Instagram and fell in love with her work. When we initially met her and started our session, she made us feel so comfortable as if we’ve known her for so long and as if we have been doing photoshoots- as this was our first ever photoshoot; so our experience with her was beyond what we could have imagined- she is so fun to be with!! The pictures came out amazing, her visions for every picture she took was more than we expected when we saw the final product. Thank you Melissa SO much for capturing our special day.
— Dana C.
— Melanie M.
— Tiffany C.
No words can describe how amazing and how hard working Melissa Montoya, she made our special feel like a fairy tale. After spending months looking for a photographer, im glad we found her. If don't use her then your missing out, she's know all the perfect spots to shoot. I've never met someone who was so dedicated to there work. She made out vision come true. Thank you so much for all that you did to make our day special.
I hired Melissa for a photo shoot for my women's clothing line, and I cannot say enough about how amazing everything went! She really made my vision come to life and had great ideas for the shoot. I would definitely hire Melissa again and loved her vibe. Even though I met her just a few days earlier, I felt like I was working with a friend, and I know the model enjoyed working with her as well. She also edited the photos beautifully and got them back to me very quickly, which usually never happens!
Melissa did an amazing job with our family/maternity photos! She was so flexible with time and location. She shot me pregnant with my husband and two little girls, 5 and 3. She was so good with them and let them play and waited for they to warm up to the camera. We're waiting for our baby to get a few more months older to do another photo shoot.
— Rob V.
— Nicole Z.
— Nikki A.
Melissa has been our family photographer since I got pregnant with my first child. I now have a 3 and 4 years old and we've had her take our pictures each year ever since! She is absolutely phenomenal and makes everything in her power to create the best shot possible. I still recall her slithering on the ground at Paramount Ranch to get the best light for our pictures. Telling us jokes and making us laugh to get that natural smile on the shoots. I was very hesitant to book a photo shoot the first time since my husband highly dislikes pictures, but somehow, she made him laugh and get beautiful shots that are still hanging in our walls. Add to that 2 boys with LOTS of energy and the same camera aversion as their dad, but once again, she figures out a way to manage the situation and get one of a kind pictures. Not only is she amazing at what she does, but she brings the best energy and smile to every photo shoot , she's super professional, makes you feel at ease even in front of a camera and creates beautiful memories that you'll cherish forever. Thank you Meli!! You truly are one of a kind!
Melissa rocks! Look no further! After using Melissa for photos of my husband and I at last years Marine Corps Ball, I knew I wanted to use her again to do some boudoir photos. She had done such a beautiful job with those and I felt more comfortable with the idea of using a photographer I had worked with previously. Of course I was still nervous to not only be photographed but to be practically naked while doing it. Well, let me tell you, everything that I was nervous about went away once we started shooting. Melissa was super professional (but not cold by any means) and so fun to work with. She did everything I asked of her, from poses to working with the lighting and editing. She was honest, like I asked her to be, and she worked with me to make sure my poses were spot on. I don't think I could've had a better experience, honestly! And I am picky as all get out, so that's saying something (;
Melissa took our engagement pictures and I love them. She was fun, energetic and VERY helpful since day one. She responds right away and she is very passionate on what she does. She is highly organized and is 100% invested in her clients's needs. I'm so excited to have her take my wedding photos.
— Yaz O.
— Ximena T.
"My husband and I live in Chicago and ended up turning our last minute vacation to San Diego into an elopement. We weren't exactly sure where to begin, but thankfully the universe brought us to Melissa and with her help we were able to find the most breathtakingly gorgeous spot to get married on a beach in La Jolla. Prior to the elopement, Melissa even went so far as to drive around to multiple locations and FaceTime us to make sure we found the exact spot we were envisioning. Our "elopement" ended up turning into a small destination wedding with 20 guests on the beach. Melissa directed our friends and family to ensure the ceremony was seamless and she got the best possible shots. After we said our I do's, my husband Jeff and I hopped in Melissa's car and did a couples shoot for an hour. This was definitely a highlight of our day. Melissa's energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Jeff and I had such a blast. Melissa would periodically pull the car over whenever her expert eye caught a glimpse of a potential spot for our next picture, and as a result we have hundreds of magazine-worthy photographs. Just when we thought we couldn't love Melissa any more, a gallery of stunning photos were edited and waiting for us when we woke up the following morning. We are trying to figure out how to get Melissa to come to Chicago to shoot our post-wedding cocktail reception this summer- she's that good! Melissa is truly a gem of a human and photographer!"
"Melissa is awesome! She shot our maternity shoot for us in 2019. Not only did she make myself, my husband, and our 4 year old all feel EXTREMELY comfortable and relaxed, but she was so great at giving us task direction and letting us play around with some of the shots. Her demeanor was professional yet playful and kind. She was open-minded to my requests regarding location and outfit changes. Her pricing was also extremely reasonable compared to similar style photographers in the area. She is so down to earth, and the photo turn around time was very quick. We still receive compliments on these photos to this day. I am so happy we found her to capture one of the most precious times in our lives. We will forever cherish these photos! Thank you Melissa for a wonderful experience. We look forward to hopefully working with you again in the future."
"We did our engagement photo session with Melissa in January, and we are so happy we chose her as our photographer! She is super quick to respond to questions, very helpful and informative, and so talented at what she does! She even created a detailed wedding day timeline for us to make sure everything runs smoothly. Her photos are beautiful and she makes the whole process so much fun. We felt totally comfortable being in front of the camera with her! She has such a fun, creative, and silly personality that makes it that much more enjoyable getting to work with her. And the pictures came out beautiful!! She has a great eye for capturing artistic shots. I can't wait for Melissa to do our wedding pictures this summer! I would highly recommend her!"
— Molly W.
— Caity P.
— Abby B.
"Our Engagement Photoshoot with Melissa was fantastic. She was really helpful in helping us choose which locations to shoot at and the best time of day to do it. When we met Melissa, she immediately made us feel comfortable and gave some great tips on how to take the perfect photo. The shoot was so much fun that my fiance and I left with big smiles and couldn't wait to see how they turned out. Within a couple of days, Melissa had sent us the full, edited album, and the pictures were all so fantastic that we decided to get the whole thing for only a little bit more money. It was SO worth it! We love the photos and have amazing memories of that day and our engagement to live on forever. We couldn't recommend her enough!"
"LOOK NOWHERE ELSE.. YOU FOUND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER! I discovered Melissa's work on instagram and loved her energy and professionalism the second we spoke on the phone. The day of my branding shoot, she made me more comfortable and confident than I could have EVER imagined. I used to hate having my photo taken and after being shot by Melissa, I feel like I see myself in an entirely new and beautiful light. She knew exactly how to pose me, what props to use and even what outfits went best with the environment. I will hire for every shoot in the future and recommend her to EVERYONE I know! Thank you so much Melissa, you have helped to transform my confidence and my business !"
"If you’re looking for a creative photographer with great energy and overall good people skills who will make your wedding party and guests feel at home while she captures the important moments, I highly recommend Melissa. She really gets to know you and customizes the plan to ensure that the photos that she takes truly represent the couple.For our wedding Melissa happily ran around different piers and sand to capture incredible pictures as we (the bride and groom) set off in a sailing boat after the wedding. Her attention to detail was critical in order to ensure she captured the sunset right when we kissed with all the flags on the sailboat that spelled our last name flying in the right direction. We will truly treasure all the amazing moments she captured."
— Evelyn H.
— Samantha B.
— Gisele B.