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!

Monthly Archives: December 2008

Family Portrait Special!


Relaxed Family Portraits have become a labor of love for me. I simply adore doing these sessions and cannot help but pour my heart into both the capture and the final images. I always feel so privileged to get to peek into the lives of families and to witness their unique bond firsthand. It’s probably because I’m in the thick of it myself, but my passion for photographing families is growing every day. What can I say? I just love it.

So, just in time for the holidays I’d like to extend an offer to all of you:

My Family Portrait prices are going up in January of 2009, but I’m offering my 2008 prices to anyone who books a Family Portrait Session with me by Dec 31st, 2008. Once booked, your session may be scheduled for anytime in 2009 but you will still get the session for 2008 prices! Shoot me an e-mail if you’re interested.

Thanks to everyone once again for all of the well wishes, I have loved hearing from so many of you and truly appreciate your kind words. My dad is getting better each day and we’re looking at busting him out of the hospital tomorrow. Yeah! I hope that the holiday season is going well for all of you. There is so much to be grateful for!

Bad Blogger

I know, I’ve been a bad blogger. I do have a decent excuse, though. As I write this, I’m sitting at the Cleveland Clinic at my father’s bedside as he recovers from lung surgery. They removed every tumor that remained in his lung after the chemo and radiation and the doctor says that he’s more than pleased. My dad, who is recovering well, is his typical self, watching CNN and cursing in Greek, professing his love for Barack Obama to every hospital employee who will listen, and eating like a horse. All is well and I’m incredibly grateful to say the least.

In unrelated news and because I can’t post an entry without a photograph, I leave you with my top recommendation for kid’s holiday gifts: Glitter Glue Sticks! My child is obsessed with them to say the least and is just about ready for another tub like this one:


And if anyone is looking for awesome glitter glue projects, consider fish made from toilet paper rolls and recycled paper…we’ve had so much fun with them! I’ll snap a few close-ups of the finished product and post them soon in case anyone out there is hankering for a fun winter project or some amazing looking Christmas tree ornaments.


Until then, thank you so much for all of the love and support pouring in through cyberspace, I cannot tell you how grateful I am for each and every one of you. Thanks in advance for all of your patience while I am away…my internet connection has been spotty here and I’ve been slow to answer e-mails, but I promise to respond soon.

With much Love,