about me

I’m shy in front of the camera, but behind it I come alive. I love a good romance book, old photographs, historical buildings, anything 1920’s related, and tacos! Lakeland, Florida is where I call home, with the cutest downtown area and full of historical buildings.

I like to think I am in the business to make friends and capturing stories for my friends is my greatest joy.

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My Story


I was born in Humacao, PR and moved to Florida at the age of three. I grew up not having any photographs of my mother’s side of the family, but on my father’s side, my grandmother has saved albums filled with family photos. I would sit in my room as a child looking at old photos of family members dressed in their best. Old black and white photos of great uncles and great aunts dressed in what was fashionable in their time.


As I grew older, I learned the value of having priceless photos of family members who are no longer on earth with us. That inspired me to get a camera of my own and start documenting my life story. To me, this is a way of sharing your story without words for your loved ones and their future loved ones to share, cherish, and hold long after we are gone. So, what better way to share your life story by having me capture it and having them turn into heirlooms?

Shevy



I recommend Photography by Yarelis for your photo needs. She was confident in her work, photos are amazing and very distinctive work. Her photos captures the very essence of what you are trying to portray. Thank you.

Alyssa

I am over the moon! Yarelis not only worked with my last minute request but my very picky request for location. Where other photographers would have bailed, she stood by my requests and photographed my 1 year old wonderfully! I could not have asked for a better more understanding photographer! Booking her again soon!!

Lucy & Aric

Yarelis is amazing! She was fun to work with, made my husband and I feel very comfortable and she captured a lot of loving moments 💗 so excited to cherish these photos forever!

The Dowdy Family

Yarelis is AMAZING!! She is so patient and creative. She makes you feel so comfortable and draws out your personality. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely being using her in the future!

Jen

This weekend my 5 year old daughter completed her cancer treatments. Yarelis so kindly offered to donate her time and talents to capture this very special day for my family. She went above and beyond to make sure she caught all the fun moments of the kids playing, even climbing into a bounce house. She also made sure to get some family shots that I am sure we will treasure forever. Thank you Yarelis for this beautiful gift you gave to my family. We are so grateful!

Kelsey

Yarelis came out to our venue tonight to capture a special little girls last dose of chemo party. She was fun, professional, and so sweet

Wanda


Yarelis is Awesome!! She’s patience and does great work. My son doesn’t like taking pictures but he really enjoyed her and the whole experience. Thank you again.

Jacquelin & Edward

Yarelis was hands down AMAZING! She made my vision come to life! I am completely in love with my photos, I get so many compliments on them, she went above and beyond! We received out pictures way sooner than expected ❤️ Not to mention my fiancé is kind of awkward behind the camera and she made him feel comfortable and at ease! I will definitely be taking more pictures with yaya! She was great!

Ana

My forever....🥰cousins. Thank you so much for capturing these beautiful images Yarelis. We will forever have to remember. We truly loved our experience working with You; from the flexibility in scheduling, the flawless delivery of our images and portraits, to her relaxed and professional demeanor at our crazy difficult shoot with our kids. I will highly recommend photosbyyarelis https://photosbyyarelis.com/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ashely

Yarelis did my senior photos and they were amazing! She has a lot of passion for photography and it shows. Thank you again!

Jocelyn

She made us feel so comfortable, our images came out AMAZING, and she got them back to us WAY sooner than expected! She was fun to work with and paid attention to every detail. Our pictures came out way better then we even imagined them to be!

Poonam

I am happy my fiancé picked Yarelis to capture our beautiful day! She photographed moments from our proposal and the pictures were beautiful. She really took the time to check out the venue before we went off for our photoshoot. She even had posed saved for us. I really loved how comfortable she made us feel. It was a lot of fun working with her! She edited the pictures so fast and delivered it with the cutest packaging! We are in love with every single picture she took!

Raquel

Everything! She's so passionate and such a people pleaser. Extremely talented in so many ways 😊 Thank you Yaya!!

Katelyn

I highly recommend Photography by Yarelis!! She did such an incredible job capturing the natural pictures that showed our personalities. I love all the pictures she took - I can’t stop looking at them!!!

Kelvin

I highly recommend Photography by Yarelis to anyone who need pictures. The love and passion she put it to every picture shows when you picture. Had so much fun doing my photo shoot and love my pictures. Can’t wait till next time.

Julia

You are such a joy to work with, and I am just in LOVE with these stunning pictures. Your talent and eye speak volumes thru these beautiful shots! ♥️♥️♥️

Nini & Seth

Thank you for the beautiful picture and help us capture our love! You were very sweet and kind, we loved the experience!

Poonam

I am happy my fiancé picked Yarelis to capture our beautiful day! She photographed moments from our proposal and the pictures were beautiful. She really took the time to check out the venue before we went off for our photoshoot. She even had posed saved for us. I really loved how comfortable she made us feel. It was a lot of fun working with her! She edited the pictures so fast and delivered it with the cutest packaging! We are in love with every single picture she took!

The Rosado Family

Thank you Photography by Yarelis! You have done an awesome job and we had so much fun too.❤️We LOVE them! 😊