The latest: My biggest writing project yet is currently underway … a 170,000-page novel in its fourth draft!

Whew! That’s 502 pages of manuscript. Here’s what the first draft looked like. (I haven’t printed the whole thing since. You’re welcome, trees!)

first draft novel by Shelly Rivoli

In addition to this, on the writing front, I’m maintaining and updating TravelswithBaby.com and FamilyTravel411.com, with some freelancing squeezed in as I’m able. Photography took on a more dominant piece of my “work pie” this year, which has been fantastic to balance out the (rather opposite!) novel writing project.

Some published writing highlights from the past year include:


LA TimesEven with three kids in tow, there’s no place like Rome (destination story and photos)

Rome with kids travel story by Shelly Rivoli


FamilyTravel411.com – Review of The Greenhorn Ranch | California Family Dude Ranch Vacations

Shelly Rivoli review of the Greenhorn Ranch


LA Times – Making family holiday travel easier takes a little foresight, some imagination and a malleable mindsetfamily holiday travel tips by Shelly Rivoli

East Bay Family Photography & Business Portraits

I specialize in candid, active, family photography that combines elements of lifestyle and documentary style work. I’m happy to include well-behaved pets as members of the family (see details in Rates & Packages). I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany, Kensington, and Emeryville areas.

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