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!

Announcing Two New Workshops at Blue Apple Studios!

Polaroid Transfers for Kids!

Every Monday in November (Nov. 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th) 4:30-6:00 PM

In this four-part workshop young artists will transform a series of their own photographs into classic and timeless Polaroid Transfer images. Each artist will prepare his/her own piece of wood and affix the images onto it. The end result will be a series of your child’s original images presented in a unique and beautiful way. There will be a heavy emphasis on the artistic process, series development, and finding a unique perspective through the camera’s lens. Watch your little artist branch out into a new medium and create something really special. Start looking for a space on your wall because these masterpieces will come home ready to hang! A digital camera of any kind is needed in order to participate. This workshop is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Workshop Fee (includes all supplies): $135.00

Polaroid Transfers for Parents!

Saturday, Nov. 15th and Sat, Nov. 22th. 10 AM-12 PM

This two-part workshop is for any parent who wants to turn family memories into works of art. Your three or four favorite family photographs will be transformed into Polaroid Transfers and affixed onto wood. The end result will be your special images with a stylish look and a vintage feel, beautifully presented and ready to hang. These pieces make wonderful family heirlooms or holiday gifts. Treat yourself to a few hours of creative fun this fall! A digital camera of any kind is needed in order to participate.

Workshop Fee (includes all supplies): $110.00

Both workshops will be taught by local photographer Jo Ann Manolis. Jo Ann works mostly in the digital world these days, but has yet to lose her love for Polaroid Transfers and other quirky yet beautiful film based mediums. She loves sharing these treasures with others!

Please contact Jo Ann to register for a workshop.

mobile: (831) 359-7948

Blue Apple Studios is an art house for kids. It is located in Redwood Village in Aptos, a few doors down from Surf City Coffee and right behind Piggy’s Market.

**Spaces in both workshops are limited in order for artists to receive individual attention and assistance.  Both workshops will most likely fill up quickly, so please contact me if you’re interested and I’ll add you to the list!


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