Melissa Montoya Photography

ABOUT Melissa Montoya Photography

I am a wedding and portrait photographer! I am originally from Peru, but grew up and am based here in San Diego. I do love to travel though, so am open to traveling for your shoot! Road trips and international destinations feed my soul! I love the outdoors, whether it’s hanging at the beach or getting in tune with nature. Ever since I was little I always had a camera in my hand; I love documenting events and expressions. Feel free to reach out and let’s chat about how I can capture your memories!

PS - I promise to make you laugh!




Grace Thompson Schumaker
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Oct 30, 2018
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!!!
Clarissa Boediarto
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Feb 08, 2019
We are so happy with Melissa :D she was one of the highlight of our day. She has a bubbly, fun personality which made us super comfortable posing in front of the camera. She was very intuitive & great with giving out instructions, has great eyes in finding good spots to take pictures -- we are very happy with the result. Everything was handled professionally, we had a contract with DocQuest, she arrived early to the venue and pictures was uploaded within 36 hours! Melissa, you are the best and I highly recommend her.
Katie Thompson
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Oct 31, 2018
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.
Roxanne Sharpe
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Oct 28, 2018
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!
Taylor Bloom
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Dec 11, 2018
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.
Tatiana Walters Mihalis
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Nov 05, 2018
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.