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!

The Birthday Card

I wanted to share something really cool today. Kosta made the most amazing birthday card for his friend Skye, who turned four last week. He spent an entire month working on it, adding a little each day. Whenever he saw something that caught his eye, he’d say: “That would be perfect for Skye’s card!” and we’d get out the glue (glitter glue usually) and go to it. He even pasted images of strawberries and bananas from a Trader Joes yogurt package onto the inside of the card. He put so much time, energy, talent, and Love into Skye’s card that I had to photograph it before he gave it to her.


There is something really healing about sitting next to him and watching as he creates. I was lucky enough to capture one of these moments a few months ago:

I don’t know about you, but things like this make my heart so big that I’m afraid it just might burst…


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