jo ann manolis photography

Welcome to the blog of Jo Ann Manolis Photography! I’m a wedding, portrait, and fine art photographer based in Santa Cruz, CA. I’ve created this blog as a means of sharing my work and life with my clients, family, and friends. I’ll be updating it regularly with my latest work, thoughts and ideas regarding photography and art, and links to many fabulous artists and vendors. So, take a look around, enjoy, and leave me a message here if you’re inspired. I can also be reached directly by e-mail via my website:, or by phone at: (831)359-7948. Thanks for stopping by!

Megan & Danny’s wedding 7/28/07

Congratulations to Megan and Danny who were married at Aptos Village Park in beautiful Aptos, CA on July 28th. Maybe it’s because I already knew them, but this was an unusually special wedding for me. The ceremony was beautiful and poignant, the reception was colorful and upbeat, and every generation (from babies to Great-Grandparents) laughed, danced, and had an amazing time. Megan and Danny are both teachers and needless to say, they love kids. The wedding featured a jumphouse and the most fabulous cookies ever for their young guests. Here are a few fun ones:

I broke in my new macro lens on some details:



a few more anticipation shots:


Something Blue: forget-me-nots from mom.


Celtic Hand Tying Ceremony

some reception details…



I love the Lensbaby shots:



It was easy to capture candid images of these two, they never stopped smiling.


A special guest enjoying herself.


Introducing my first romantic Jumphouse shot, there’s a first time for everything…


Thanks you guys, I had a blast! May your life together resonate with this day’s energy!


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