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 2009

We’re in Ohio

and it is Christmas eve. Our creek is frozen over, but it is still so beautiful. We ran into a man and his dog named Mo. He told us that the snapping turtles were hibernating under the ground somewhere. There is snow. Not a lot, but enough to make it magical.

And magical it is…

Merry Christmas!


A Teaser

Just a little peek at what I’ve been working on this week:

These are all for Peek, of course. More soon, promise.

Orders, orders…

Between wrapping up shoots and getting orders out, I’ve been running around like crazy and have been really lame about blogging. I promise to share what I’ve been working on soon! In the meantime, I did want to share that I will be taking an extra long (and very much needed) winter break from December 20th through January 9th.  I will be out of the studio for this entire time and although I will have internet access, I will be practicing the art of unplugging and will not be checking my e-mail daily. I can guarantee order deliveries by Christmas if they are placed by December 15th. Any orders placed after December 20th will not be fulfilled until the new year.

In other news, I was looking through some personal images for our holiday cards this year and stumbled across a bunch of shots that Pat took and never even told me about! I was struck by how beautiful so many of these images are. He second-shot for me several times this year and I’ve been so blown away by what an amazing eye he has. He started the year off carrying around my old Rebel xt and then moved to a 30D…I think he just might be ready for another upgrade, what do you think? Here are a couple that melted me…

I should keep him around, don’t you think??

a very belated birthday party

And so we are 5.

Due to a long chain of bizarre events, we had a 5th birthday party over two months late…but I don’t think that he minded one bit. Because his birthday falls in early September, we usually have a beach bash and invite basically whoever wants to come. However, because we found ourselves planning a party in the midst of (supposedly) rainy season we thought that a small indoor gathering would be more practical. We decided to have the party at my talented friend Cayce’s Art Studio, Blue Apple Studios. I’ve been a huge fan of both Cayce and her school for awhile, so I couldn’t wait. As it turns out, it was perfect. The kids did (what else?) a construction-themed project. Although I regret not getting a shot of each artist with his/her masterpiece, I did manage to grab a few of the action…

Making the dump truck cake earlier in the day

The masters at work…

Bursting with pride during the big moment.

My first attempt at a 3D cake…

Happy Birthday to the best teacher I’ve ever had. 5 years later and I still can’t believe that you’re here. Thanks for finding your way to us, we’d be lost without you! I Love You, mama

random thoughts

So, we got a tree on December 1st. It felt early, but he insisted…the virgo in the family is keeping us on point…

I’m seriously getting into the spirit here now that the tree is up. We made a Gingerbread house today and I intentionally chose the nastiest candy available so that my child would not be the slightest bit tempted. It worked. He still has no idea that those sketchy little Peeps snowmen are actually edible.

I’ve also been too busy to blog, I think. In the 3 years that I’ve been in business, I’ve never had so much work. I am grateful to say the least. I even had to turn some business away, which is a first for me. It made me feel sad, but a little happy too.

Have you ever cried in the scalding hot shower just because it felt good to do so? I tried it the other night and highly recommend it to everyone.

I’m done with my 2009 wedding season, it was a good one. Again, I’m so grateful.

My 5 year old has the best questions…a couple that come to mind: “Does Santa Claus ever die?” and “Mama, how exactly do blimps land?” Any help answering these would be greatly appreciated.

It has been over 6 years since I have left the country and I seriously have the itch…time to renew the passport.

I send you much comfort and joy this weekend…