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!

New Year, New Look!

As a newcomer to Professional Photography (and to owning my own business), I’m truly overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. I’m constantly changing and adding to my website and portfolios, and probably driving my fabulous website designer Phil crazy with every change and addition. Seriously though, Phil has been awesome and I highly recommend him to anyone who wants an elegant, simple, custom-designed website with incredible customer service.

Here are my new home page images, just added to the site. I chose these for a few reasons:

1) Both are candid images. The subjects had no idea that I was capturing them in these moments. For me, this is what photography is all about. Record life as it happens and maybe every now and then, get lucky enough to freeze something that no one else would’ve ever seen.

2) Both images seem to resonate with the energy that I hope to build my business on: capturing honest moments with sensitivity and simplicity.

2) This was, without a doubt, the best wedding that I shot this year! I can comfortably say this because the Bride and Groom are very dear friends of ours.

3) Kauai…need I say more?

Here is Sophie, the Groom’s daughter and Flower Girl, before the ceremony.


And Amy and Scott dancing. They hadn’t planned a dance like this, but Scott’s dad requested it. We were all glad that he did.


I’m so excited about 2008. I have some new and interesting projects coming up…more news on all of this very soon!


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