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: January 2009

A good day.

We had the most lovely day yesterday…wandering around town as if nothing mattered, free of to-do lists or schedules, there might as well have been no such thing as time. More days like this, please…

The glorious view from Long Marine Lab.


Sometimes Santa Cruz looks like Mexico. bike_blog

Strawberry ice cream on the wharf.icecream_blog

Observing Charlie, one of the friendliest dogs we’ve ever met.charlie_blog


Dreaming of summer when the boardwalk is open every day…bwalk_blog

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” -Goethe


Big Love.


Have you ever loved a big, furry dog?

Has a big, furry dog ever loved you?

I wish you a warm and comforting week…

Featured on!


Fun News! I just found out that Jo Ann Manolis Photography has been featured as an editor’s pick on If you haven’t heard of, you’re in for a real treat… features news stories and other cool things in the form of small blurbs and links to blogs, websites, and newspaper articles covering just about anything from world news and politics to fashion to parenting information. The blurb and link are a few days old, but are still visable on Kirtsy’s homepage. Just scroll down a little under ” Most Popular” and click on what is currently #31 “Looking forward to warmer weather” . There is a short but very sweet write up on us as well as a link to this blog. Yay! The fabulous Gabby has featured our blog and images from Peek…Aren’t You Curious‘ spring photo shoot. Many thanks to Gabby and!

Happy New Year!

January is here (halfway over actually), my month off with family was more than wonderful. We actually had time to catch our breaths a little, which always feels so good. I miss the liveliness of large gatherings, late nights, and big dinners. I miss hearing Greek on a regular basis, my many cousins, and waiting around for snow. I miss Skyway Drive-In. I barely took any photos…gave my eyes a break, I guess. That and lived in the moment, which also felt good. But it’s here, January (it’s actually half way over, which seems so strange to me). Time to get back on my bike, back to work, and yes, time to start blogging again…

My first photo shoot of 2009 took place last Sunday. Our dear friends at Peek…Aren’t You Curious? needed some fresh images of their spring clothing line. I love their approach to photo shoots. They love it when the kids get dirty and wet. They always ask for shots of them having fun, just being kids. It is refreshing to say the least. I’m not sure if these were necessarily my favorite images from the day, but each one resonated with me for one reason or another. Thoughts??
















One of the perks of my job is that I can bring my child along on shoots like these. The other children didn’t seem to mind.peekblog17

I’m pretty sure that my heaven will include a tree swing.peekblog18













Be sure to check out Peek Aren’t You Curious’ Website, where you’ll soon be able to see some images from this shoot.