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!

Summer is here {back from L.A.}

Summer is here.

Long lazy days on the beach and sandy, gritty bathtubs. Peaches, plumbs, and nectarines that taste so good I want to cry. Watering our garden and waiting for our first tomato to appear. Corn on the cob. Bike rides, beach toys, sunscreen, laundry hanging out to dry…and weddings.

I just returned to Santa Cruz after a couple of fun days in Los Angeles. I was there for an engagement shoot and a really great photography seminar, both of which I’ll be blogging about very soon (too tired right now-I’m getting ready to fall into bed). I love traveling for work and shooting in other places. I always feel as if I gain a new set of eyes when I leave my environment and expose myself to unfamiliar territory. I do love coming home, though. This is always my favorite part of traveling, hands down.

Our little surfer. I miss him so much when I’m away…

Lots to shoot this summer, more on the way soon. Sweet Dreams…


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