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!

90 years

Back in November I had the unusual honor of photographing a 90th birthday celebration. I normally don’t do birthday parties, but how could I pass this one up? The guest of honor was simply amazing…she never stopped smiling.

The party took place at the beautiful historic Rengstorff House in Mountainview.

Mariachi Tequila (408-455-0923/ was quite a hit (note the birthday girl’s expression while they played in the first image).

It was really wonderful to see all of the generations together.

Happy Birthday, V! Many thanks to both you and Tony for having me. I was deeply touched by the love that surrounded you on that warm November afternoon. It is a testament to the incredible person you are. May your every day be filled with love.

“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”  ~Douglas MacArthur


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