Berkeley Hills family photo of young adult son with parents
East Bay Family Photography
East Bay outdoor lifestyle family portrait
Fun and active outdoor portraits
Fun east bay family portrait outdoors with two little kids
Berkeley, El Cerrito & neighbors
Fun family photo of parents kissing teen daughter
Maternity photo with couple outdoors
lifestyle portrait of couple outdoors
east bay family portrait outdoor with San Francisco Bay
girl embraces small dog in portrait outdoors
fun family photo outdoors in East Bay
Mom lifting smiling baby in outdoor family portrait
teen granddaughter hugs grandpa in BW family portrait
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Your family is one of a kind.

Shouldn't Your Family Portraits be just as unique?

What sets my family photography sessions apart? The experience -- and the results that come from it.

There will be no awkward standing around with forced grins on my watch! Get ready to move, laugh, and enjoy yourselves during your active family portrait session with me.

Read on to find out more.

Pricing overview

Working with Me

Kind Words

black and white portrait of couple dancing in East Bay hills
"Shelly can capture that moment
you didn't know you were looking for."

Kind Words

"Shelly’s relaxed demeanor put everyone at ease."

"Her portraits do not rely on studio poses (thankfully), but focus on capturing natural moments."

"Shelly took the most beautiful outdoor photos of my entire family — 3 generations plus the dog!"

" ... not just beautiful portraits, but rather precious family moments

expertly captured."

The Process


Decide if I'm right for You.

You can get a feel for my style and sessions by looking through my portfolio slideshow above, take a look at my terms and conditions of working with me, and get an overview of my pricing structure for family portraits and couples photography. Of course, you might like to hear what past clients have to say, as well!

If you think we're a good match, send me a booking request with your details.

black and white outdoor portrait of father and daughter

Book Your Session & Get ready.


I'll review the details of your request and respond with a suggested date and time, and recommended location (usually within 24-48 hours). When we've settled on the details for your session, I'll send your 1) Photo Session Agreement (contract) outlining details of your session and 2) An invoice for your Session Fee payable by credit card. When I receive your signed agreement and payment, you're session is booked! I'll send some tips and guidelines to help you prepare for the best session possible (start here).

View & Purchase Photos.


"Shelly is a wonderful person to work with who takes beautiful photos and makes the photo shoot easy."

Three weeks after your session, you'll receive a link to your online gallery where you can view your family's portraits, mark and compare favorites, and decide which photos you'd like to purchase as prints, wall art, or high-resolution digital files. Your gallery will be online for 60 days, and you can invite additional family members and friends to view, favorite, and make their own purchases directly if desired.

I’m Shelly.

Bay Area photographer Shelly Rivoli

The Lady behind the camera (and mask).

East Bay photographer,

mom, pet lover, and firm believer in the power of kindness.

As a lifestyle family photographer, my mission is to capture your true personalities and connection through a fun and active outdoor photo session. In the end, you'll have a collection of treasured moments and priceless expressions that shape a story only your family could tell.