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!

Another Family Portrait Session {Vasona Park-Los Gatos, CA}

My friend Julie has a friend named Julie. Well, Julie told Julie and here we are. The best part of a word of mouth business is that I always find myself photographing people who I could easily be friends with myself. I love this! Julie wanted her family portraits to be fun and full of life, which was music to my ears. It meant that I was free to capture the good stuff…






Both boys are so beautiful, just look at those eyes…



As per usual during a family session with small children, Mom and Dad were working hard. I’m pretty sure that this is the only moment of rest that they had.


Big brother was a hoot!


And so was little brother! I think that Julie has the most gorgeous smile.


The day was pretty overcast with the occasional hazy glow. At one point, the sun peeked out and it began to drizzle. I just love the quality of light in the next few images. And yes, they’re observing a rainbow in case you were wondering.10


I just loved this child’s sense of wonder and curiosity. Here he is studying a ladybug with dad.13

And then the whole family got in on the action…



More curiosity.17Sweet18


This one may be my favorite family shot of the day.19

Julie and family, thank you so much for the lovely afternoon. I loved meeting you and being able to observe your family in action. Thanks also for introducing me to Vasona Park and all of its beauty. And I can’t forget to thank the “other” Julie for being so fabulous! Much Love, Jo Ann


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