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!

Amanda West

Amanda West, the amazing musician based in Santa Cruz, has a few new projects coming up and needed new portraits. I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this amazingly creative shoot. We started out just before sunrise and got some moody, dark images and them we were able to catch some really beautiful light as the sun peeked through the leaves. Take a look:

If you’re wondering about the location, it is Everett Family Farm. We’re regulars at their stand at the Sunday morning farmer’s market as well as their farm stand. Delicious organic produce and a really sweet family. Thanks, Everett family for having us in your beautiful persimmon orchard.

Thanks, Amanda for allowing me to be a part of your blossoming career…you amaze me with your talent and passion. And thanks also to the fabulous Shivani for working so hard to make the shoot perfect. You made my job so much easier!

To learn more about Amanda, listen to her amazing music, or see when she may be playing in your town, click HERE. Her website features some images from our last shoot.


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