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My Home Studio Reveal…

I’m super excited to FINALLY share my newly (well like 6 months newly) remodeled wedding photography home studio. This is the place that I use to receive my clients and where I work every day. When I started the design process I didn’t really have in mind to change the entire room. I first started by doing a little DIY project by spray painting an IKEA book shelf from white to gold. Placing that shelf in the room was like opening the remodeling Pandora’s box. In a matter of 2 or 3 months the entire studio was completely re-designed and re-furnished. Go big or go home I guess, lol. I shopped for everything online (Stores and links listed below) and it has been the most fun and exciting project I have ever worked on. EVER!!! Starting my day in this space is so inspiring and I thought you guys would like it ;-) 

With Love, Lara





Marble table: Wayfair (DwellStudio)

Silver zebra rug: Incredible Rugs and Décor

Gold bar cart: Lulu & Georgia

White chair: CB2

Logo decal: Urban Walls

Floor lamp: Target

Book shelf: IKEA

Chandelier: Etsy

White and gold chest: Wayfair (DwellStudio)

Acrylic chairs: Walmart online

White velvet/gold base ottomans: Overstock


B&W Kate Spade agenda: Rachel George

Rose gold candle: Anthropologie

Rose gold coaster: Anthropologie

Pink and gold tray: Rachel George

B&W stripes cup: Rachel George

Pink and gold polka dots vase and heart tray: Rachel George

Faux pink peonies: Wayfair

Ivory altoona cow pillows: Wayfair

Pink mongolian lamb fur pillows: Wayfair

Pink and gold geometrical pillow: Lulu & Georgia

Kiss and Frenchie art prints: Society6

Gold Je Taime art print: Etsy

Ivory leather and gold boxes: Z Gallerie

Rose quartz book holders: Alice Lane

Brass candlestick holders: Etsy

Faceted white vase used as pencil holder: Lulu & Georgia

iPhone rose gold case: Kate Spade

Gold frames (logo wall): CB2

Other frames: Wayfair, TargetCB2

Gold sun wall mirror: Pier 1 Imports

Gold trays: Home Goods

Serene Sailboat Engagement Session : Angel & Andreas

So last week was absolutely amazing but the highlight of it all was photographing my dear friend Angel Rodriguez (RodriStudio) and, his now husband, Andreas Tschermak the day of their wedding. Since the big celebration is not until a year or so from now (can’t wait) we decided to have fun in the sea and sail away for the most romantic and perfect afternoon. We had the BEST time, it was beautiful outside, fresh, soft lighting and completely peaceful. “Winter” in Miami is the absolute best, not a lot of snow lately :) and with a couple this gorgeous, well, my job is really easy. Here’s a few of my favorite shots, I hope you enjoy them too and have a fabulous week! XOXO

With Love, Lara



Celia - So so goood, my friend!

Greynolds Park Miami Engagement : Nicole & Eddie

So I’m taking a little break in the middle of this crazy wedding season to share a little love! This is simply my favorite time of the year to shoot, and although we don’t really have the 4 seasons here in South Florida, there’s something different in the air, the light is softer and it feels more relaxed. So right now I’m out the door to go shoot again but I needed to post this beauty here before I go. I just had the absolutely best time photographing Nicole and Eddie’s engagement session yesterday. Everything was so perfect from the love they share to the the lighting, the colors and oh! of course, the full entourage that came to help us VIP Style, baby! ;-) it was SO MUCH FUN, I swear I had the best time! I hope you all enjoy this beautiful afternoon and a little sneak peek into these two love bird’s afternoon story! XoXo

With Love, Lara

Hair and makeup by Sissi Ceballo



Leticia - Wow…these pictures are amazing Lara. Thank you for capturing their love so beautifully. The lighting, the colors, everything is just wonderful to me. In love with all the shots and can’t wait for their wedding. See you soon! Letty

Dania Beach Engagement Session : Kira & Carlton

This Dania Beach engagement session was one for the records, the speedy records specifically… Kira and I had planned an entire afternoon of pictures, starting at a beautiful park in Aventura and then we would finish the session at the beach. The perfect outfits were chosen, props, cute fiancé, everything. But since the weather in Florida is absolutely unpredictable, we arrived at the park and there it was, a dark cloud that covered the entire city. As soon as we got out of our cars it started raining, lol… So we decided to smart  out the rain and speed up to the beach before the clouds would. And so we did. We arrived and 35 minutes is all mother nature gave us, but with such stunning couple and perfect background, that’s all we needed.

I think we’ve got some super sweet pictures, and honestly, these two were so much fun, all we did was laugh and play around until we were kicked out by the rain. We literally ran as hard as we could because it went from cloudy to hurricane storm in a matter of a minute. We were soaking wet but happy :) All I can say is that I love my job so much because of meeting people like Kira and Carlton that make it so amazing! I can’t wait for their wedding next year at The Bilmore Hotel in Miami, and in the hands of Events by Zeiry‘s planning, I know it’s going to be EPIC!

I hope you guys love them, I think they’re gorgeous!

Besos, Lara


Ok so this last picture I had to share because it’s a little behind the scenes of how the entire session was, I swear we were cracking up the whole time… Kira you’re too funny! Thanks for making it sooo fun!


Whitney - Wow, these photos are so beautiful! How exciting their wedding is going to be in Southern Florida! I think that Miami Wedding Venues are some of the most beautiful.

Beach House Chic : Kierstin & Fernando’s Engagement Session

I love stories, specially Love Stories, so when Kierstin told me what she had in mind for her engagement session I jumped right in. The storyline was simple, a girl planning her wedding with the love of her life, spending a romantic afternoon in a beach house,with candlelights, drinks, planning their future together… My kind of afternoon precisely – minus the wedding planning, I’ve got that out of the way long time ago. And the perfect setting for all of this was our beautiful backyard of Miami Beach, of course.  This is why I think I’m never going to leave this town. I couldn’t live without the eternal sunshine (and occasional thunderstorms) and everything beach, sand, ocean and beautiful and hip people. Kierstin and Fernando were amazing to work with, super nice and don’t they look gorgeous together? I can only imagine how much fun we are going to have creating more beautiful pictures next year at The Miami Beach Edition Hotel for Kierstin and Fernando’s wedding. These are my favorite one!

With Love, Lara





Photography: Lara Rios Photography

Makeup: Selena Aguilera

Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session : Sophie & Anthony

Sometimes I feel like pinching myself because I can’t believe I get to do what I love and have so much fun while at it. Throughout the years as a wedding photographer I’ve worked really hard to define my style and make it look not only beautiful, consistent but also real. One of my most important goals as a wedding photographer is to make sure my pictures look natural, spontaneous, I want to capture the real essence of my couples and their love for each other. It’s not so much about posing them perfectly, it’s more about making them interact! That’s why I don’t care much about the “where”, it’s more about the “how”. The background can be anything, a park, a beach, a street, anywhere, my focus is more about interacting with them, making sure they have a great time and get the best out of them. So I couldn’t show a better example of this than with these two love birds. Sophie and Anthony are picture perfect, but for real. I think they arrived to their engagement session kind of like, alright let’s just get this over with and let’s just have a good time, lol. No better way to do it by the way. No over-thinking much, and the result, delightful! A bunch of super natural, super spontaneous and fun set of pictures. Needless to say, I was totally in love with her dress, as you’ll see there are details in every single angle :) I’m so happy and so grateful to have amazing people like these two in my life. I can’t wait for their wedding later this year at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami, it’s going to be spectacular! I hope you guys love your pictures as much as I do :)

With Love, Lara


Vivian Guerra - These are sooo beautiful!

Sophie - Lara – you are AMAZING!! We can’t thank you enough for making that day as fun and easy as it was. I can’t wait for the wedding!

Romantic Sailboat Engagement Session : Christina & Leo

The places and the experiences that my photography world takes me are so amazing. Today I’m sharing this oh-so-romantic engagement session sailing the peaceful waters of Coconut Grove Bay in Miami. I couldn’t have asked for more, a beautiful couple, a spectacular vintage sailboat in a fresh December afternoon, the lighting was spectacular and even the captain was the best! We had such a nice time creating these moments and I just LOVE the romantic and soft look we’ve got! Thank you Sissi Ceballo for making Christina look even more beautiful, I can’t wait to see you all on their wedding day!

With Love, Lara




Sophie P. - Wow these are so beautiful. The colors and the light so nice!

Angela - Shoots by the water are the best! ;) She’s really pretty <3

Carolina Mesa - Absolutely breathtaking, OMG These are a dream