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!

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


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