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 2010

more winter…

A few more shots from Ohio. I sure am going to miss it here…

Featured again on Snippet & Ink!

I’m still in Ohio where the weather is dreary…but I woke up to such a warm surprise today…an e-mail from the amazing Kathryn, author of one of the best wedding blogs out there: Snippet & Ink! I was thrilled to see that Erin & Trevor’s gorgeous Coronado Island wedding is featured as today’s real wedding on Snippet and Ink. Thank you Kathryn, for posting these images, I couldn’t be more excited. And to Erin & Trevor, thanks for having me there, to say that it was an honor would be an understatement.

Click HERE to see the post!

room 157

So I don’t know exactly how to write about it,  but I can’t pretend that it didn’t happen either…

My dad died last Saturday. At 4:10 AM in room 157 at Hospice.

I’ll never forget that room.

It had large glass doors that opened up to the most unbelievable garden. At least I imagine that it was unbelievable because it was even beautiful covered in snow. Three cardinals were flying around outside and although he couldn’t see them, my dad was tickled that they were out there. I hadn’t seen a cardinal in years.

I hate the way that time just keeps ripping by with no regard to whether or not we could use a little (or a lot) more of it with someone.  I tried to make it a good send off, he deserved it.  We talked about the good times…fishing in the neighbors’ lake, our walks together in Greece, him dancing on a chair at my wedding, childhood pets, and mom of course. Funny what stands out when you’re presented with a mental slide show of your life in a time like this.

I could see the lightning bugs in our front yard and smell the wet grass like it was yesterday.

The nurse on duty from 7 to 7 was named Joyce. Joyce was my mom’s name. I knew something big would take place during those 12 hours, so I stayed close.

It was an honor, a privilege, an education for me. I got to see something real. Real.

At the end of the day, I could probably count the images that really matter on one hand.

A Brave New Year

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”
Rainer Maria Rilke