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!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season and that all of you got to spend some quality time with those who you love most. My apologies for disappearing for a while. I was taking a much needed break with my family in Akron, Ohio. We visited for the holidays and squatted at my father’s place for nearly three weeks. It was unbelievably relaxing and wonderful to see all of my relatives and some old friends as well. I haven’t had the chance to upload most of my images yet, but I did want to post a couple for now. More to come!

One of my favorite adventures in Ohio was visiting my God-sister, Nancy (who wouldn’t let me photograph her, but we will work on that) and her family. Nancy was my partner in crime as a kid, and although we live on different sides of the country, our connection today is as strong as it ever was. Here are a couple of my favorite images of her beautiful daughters:

This is Angeliki.

She really is as angelic as she appears.

And Elisa.

Elisa is a little bit more mischievous than her older sister, but equally as wonderful.

I am completely in Love with these girls. They both possess such amazing intellects and will blow you out of the water with their pure sweetness. Their favorite band is The Beatles and they gave my son a copy of Abbey Road for Christmas. We have been listening to it constantly. Thanks, Angeliki and Elisa! We Love You (and your parents, too…)

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to blog more regularly, so check back often. May 2008 bring all of you many wonderful adventures!


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