Berkeley Hills family photo of young adult son with parents
Berkeley Area Family Photography
fun family photo outdoors in East Bay
Outdoor portrait of mother with newborn smiling baby
East Bay outdoor lifestyle family portrait
Fun and active outdoor portraits
fall family photo session with brother and sister having fun and colored leaves
teen granddaughter hugs grandpa in BW family portrait
two dads and sons at outdoor family photo session in Berkeley Bay Area with Shelly Rivoli
east bay family portrait outdoor with San Francisco Bay
Outdoor family portrait of mom with baby on blanket in East Bay
Father and teen daughter hug for outdoor portrait in East Bay
girl embraces small dog in portrait outdoors
Maternity photo with couple outdoors
newborn portrait with parents documentary style black and white
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Your family is one of a kind.

Shouldn't Your Family Portraits be just as unique?

What sets my Berkeley area 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 family portrait session with me.

Most of family photo sessions (and senior portrait sessions) take place outdoors in our beautiful Berkeley and El Cerrito Hills and surrounding areas during the evening golden hour. Though I also help families document bar mitvahs, the addition of newborns, and other important milestones.

Read on to find out more about my family sessions, working with me, and pricing.

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


A La Carte Pricing

Photo Sessions for Families and COuples

Wall gallery of family portraits in framed black and white photos by Bay Area photographer Shelly Rivoli

One-Hour Family Photo Session $275

Photos purchased separately. See details below.

SUMMER SPECIAL - Sessions through August 15 receive:

One complimentary 8x10 archival-grade print ($50 value)
Access to specially priced digital portrait packages


  • A 1-hour photo session for 2 to 5 people (additional people or pets $35 each) at locations within the Berkeley and El Cerrito area
  • A private online gallery for 30 days where you can view your collection, sort your favorites, and place orders
  • A minimum 50 color photos to choose from, professionally edited with light retouching (moderate and heavy retouching available on request for extra fee)
  • An additional hand-edited Black & White collection of your images to choose from
  • On request, complimentary design ideas and sample previews of your photos in wall art and gallery groupings to help you order with confidence
  • For bookings scheduled through August 15, 2024, you'll receive one complimentary archival grade 8 x 10 print ($50 value) of the photo of your choice and access to specially priced digital portrait packages in your online gallery (SEE DIGITAL PACKAGE PRICING BELOW).

Why do clients love my a la carte pricing structure?

It gives you maximum flexibility to purchase the right combination of digitals, and printed photos, and other products for your family -- and after you've seen your photos!

How does a la carte pricing work?

You pay the Session Fee at the time of booking to hold your photo session date and time (see terms and conditions). After your gallery is delivered, you can decide which portraits you’d like to purchase as high-resolution digitals, printed products, or a combination of both. (See WINTER DIGITAL PACKAGE PRICING below.)


Outdoor family portrait in fall with parents holding two young children.

Digital Portraits

High-resolution digital portraits with a photographer's print release (by download) start at $65 each.


10 digitals for $225

20 digitals for $300

40 digitals for $400

FULL GALLERY $550 - includes every photo in your gallery in both color and black & white collections.

Professional Prints

When ordering prints through me, you'll receive professional-grade photo prints on premium photo papers with a Standard Archival Value of 100 years in home display (200 years in dark storage). Available for your color and black and white portraits in sizes up to 40” L. Priced from $50 for 8” x 10” size. You can have these framed yourself or view and order solid wood framing options in your gallery store.

Gift prints, photo albums, custom framing, museum-quality canvases, and more are also available through your online gallery store.

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


Decide if I'm right for You.

Working with me

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.

Toddler boy smiling at father in outdoor family portrait

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).

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

View & Purchase Photos.


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.

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."

I’m Shelly.

Bay Area photographer Shelly Rivoli

The Lady behind the camera.

East Bay family 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.