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: November 2009


a few things that I’m thankful for, in no particular order…

my running shoes, although I have been neglecting them lately

green tea, chocolate, swiss chard, and Sierra Nevada Porter mustard

Canon lenses

central heating and plumbing…seriously.

These hair products

This etsy shop

the fact that I live in Santa Cruz

the fact that I was raised in Ohio

Ikaria, Greece

my health

the pumpkin pie that is baking right now and the way that it smells

The Forest of Nicene Marks

my many, many relatives

old photos



our garden

sleeping in



mountain bikes

this blog


This video

tide pools


basset hounds

and these two, of course…

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. There is so much, everywhere, every day, that I pass by and forget to notice.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Published in C Magazine!

Guess what? One of my portraits of my lovely and talented friend Amy Williams was published  in the November issue of C  magazine, the fabulous California Style magazine. I spied the magazine in the airport today while waiting for a flight and was so tickled to see my image inside that, well…I bought five copies. Don’t laugh, this is my first time being published. Amy was featured in the “Inside” section, where she shares her favorite local eateries, boutiques, and other spots in the Los Gatos area. Thanks Amy for being so fabulous and thanks to the talented Melissa of Ruby Press for this opportunity. If you happen to see this month’s issue of C magazine (with the ever stunning Winona Ryder on the cover), be sure to grab it and read about Amy’s favorite things.

Peek…Aren’t You Curious Launched their Holiday Line

Our friends at Peek just launched their new Holiday line…isn’t it fabulous?

Check out, Peek’s newly launched e-commerce site featuring one of my images on nearly every page. I love the clean design, modern aesthetic, and the easy-to-navigate set-up. I’m grateful to my dear friends at Peek for the opportunity to photograph so many amazing kids. Photographing for them is always a bit of an adrenaline rush…challenging, scary at times, fun, hilarious, and wonderful all at the same time. I never get bored and am always stretched to try things outside of my comfort zone, which I deeply need as a photographer and as a person.

At the end of the day though, when I look over the images I am always reminded that it’s really not about me.

It is really all about these tiny little souls and how they’re finding their voices in this enormous world…

Peek…Aren’t You Curious Corte Madera Event

Pat and I had such a blast at the Peek…Aren’t You Curious Corte Madera store last Sunday. We did 20 mini photo shoots for customers during an in-store event. Check out just a few of the cuties…


















Thanks to all of the awesome kids and their fabulous parents for making the day so much fun. And…a huge shout out to Megan, the amazing store manager who made the entire day incredibly pleasant and seamless. If you have not been to the Corte Madera store, you must stop by. Click here for more store info. Also, Peek’s brand spankin’ new e-commerce website will be launching soon…I will keep you posted.

silver grass, ripe fruit…

I got to be a part of the most amazing photo shoot the other day.







I cannot spill the beans just yet…but wanted to share while it is fresh in my mind. And yes, it was as magical as it appears.

I hope that the bounty of autumn is filling your hearts…

Santa Cruz Family Portrait Photography: A beautiful night at the beach

Thank you, beautiful family…








…for a beautiful night.