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!

4 Generations-a family portrait

Jenn and her family are such wonderful clients (and now friends). Their youngest turns one in two weeks and they wanted to document the occasion with portraits of four generations. I was truly honored to be a part of this day, thrilled to be able to get a few images for them.

Jen, her Grandmother, and her Mother…I love this shot.


As you can see, Abuela is fun to be around…02_blog1

She is lovely, full of life, and amazing to photograph.03_blog1

Here we have four generations together…how amazing is that? 18_blog

These boys are so lucky to have their Great-Grandmother in their lives, and such a fabulous one at that!04_blog

The portrait session took place at Jenn’s parents’ gorgeous property in San Juan Batista. This is such a magnificent place, totally worth a visit if you’re in the area. We managed to squeeze in an hour in between the showers.

Speaking of lucky, here is the birthday boy with his lovely Nana. 05_blog

Not sure why I love this one, but I do…06_blog

Y’all know that I have a thing about tree swings.21_blog

…and boys with curly hair.07_blog1

…and cool boots too.08_blog1

Big Brother melts Dad’s heart.11_blog

In true one-year-old form, Birthday Boy was WAY too busy and fast for me to even sneak in a shot. He started walking at 9 months and is pretty much ready to run these days, so I took full advantage of the confinement of the swing!09_blog




Mom and Dad asked me if I could grab a few shots of the two of them together…it was Valentines Day after all! Of course I was honored to. They are such a lovely and laid back couple, and great parents too! I believe that it’s very important for couples to be photographed together without their children every once in awhile.16_blog



This was one of the last shots before the rain returned, the timing was perfect. 17_blog2

And because I’ve been going through old images for my website’s new portrait gallery (coming soon!) I found a few shots of this family from the last year and thought I’d share…enjoy!

Just over a year ago at Jenn’s maternity session:belly_blog

What this family looked like at this time last year. belly2_blog

Last portrait as an only child…a1_blog

And some images from the newborn session.




And finally, both boys about 6 months ago.



Posting these images from the last year reminds me of what our dear friend Tom (who is both a wonderful husband and a doting father) likes to say: “The days go slow but the years go fast…” Amen, Tom. Amen.

Thank you Jenn and Carter, for once again sharing your beautiful sons and your wonderful family with me. You have allowed me to watch your family grow, which has been the greatest gift. May Oliver’s second year here be as happy as his first. With Much Love, Joy, and Gratitude, Jo Ann


One response to “4 Generations-a family portrait

  1. Annie O March 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Jo, I wish you lived around the corner from us because we would be hiring you every month to shoot every minor or major life event or family visit. I love these!

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