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: May 2010

It is time…

No, not to give birth…that’s not for another 3 months.

It’s time for an updated website. It’s no secret that my website has been neglected lately and is in dire need of a fresh look and more recent images. I’ve been absent from this blog because I’m working diligently on this little project and the final product is on its way. Nothing too drastic, just some new images and a little tweaking to keep everyone (including myself) interested. The site will also feature my commercial portfolio, which I’m really excited about. I’ll keep you posted on the timeline. Until then, here is a new addition to the Portrait gallery…

Have a wonderful day!


a really nice day

I had a really great Moms day.

We went strawberry picking at Swanton Berry Farm, had a picnic, and then indulged in their amazingly delectable farm stand desserts. The little man and I got strawberry shortcake. Pat got a chocolate cheesecake brownie with a chocolate covered strawberry on top…both options were heavenly. Pat captured these awesome shots that I’m completely in love with…I am so happy that he will be second shooting for me this summer. He’s gonna make me look good!

Happy berry season to you all…it is here!

A few more quotes

I hope that this isn’t overkill on the 5 year old quotes, but here are a few more that I wanted to share, all regarding our soon-to-be new addition:

“Mama, when I put my arms around your waist, my hands don’t touch anymore!”

“Do you like the baby, even though it’s just in your tummy?”

“Wow, your tummy got even bigger today!”

“Well, I hope it’s a girl, that way she won’t want to play with my construction toys.”

and my personal favorite so far:

“So, when the baby comes…then what are we gonna do?”

It’s hard to imagine loving anyone else as much as this, but I’m told that it’s possible.

I wish you all a Mothers Day filled with Love.

Pescadero Wedding Photography (a very late post)

Last October I finally got to return a favor to my brother-in-law, Kevin who is also a photographer. He was shooting a wedding in beautiful Pescadero, CA (not too far from Santa Cruz) and I was more than happy to second shoot for him. I just went through these images recently and was reminded of how much fun I had. Kevin is so much fun to work with and we love him so much, so it was a great day. The weather was gorgeous and the bride and groom were so incredibly sweet. Here are a few shots I grabbed:

Both the ceremony and reception were held on a private ranch just outside of town.

I love the expressions here, a bit of an “It wasn’t me” moment…

Another favorite, the Groom hugging his father-in-law

Kevin, thanks for letting me tag along, it was so much fun! xo, jo

slug in my computer and other good news…

Yes, I know that I’ve been MIA lately. But I really do have a couple of good, well at least interesting excuses…

My first excuse is that I’ve been without my primary computer for almost one month because a slug (yes, as in the slimy things from the garden) crawled into the computer and caused all sorts of mischief. Huge shout out to the awesome folks at Apple who repaired it under warranty even though they didn’t have to. The quote from the customer service rep? “We’d rather retain you as a customer than have you pay for this repair”.  As a business owner, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to hear this. I believe in going the extra mile for customers and clients, but to see it in action is so reassuring. Needless to say, Apple has me as a customer for life now!

The second excuse/piece of news is that I’m pregnant! Yep, in mid September, I’ll have something that resembles this as my very own…

We’re so excited and admittedly, a little nervous as well. One child seems so civilized, so easy. Now life is going to change…for the better of course, but it will change nonetheless.

Soooo, this leads me to an announcement:

Because baby is due in September, I will be on maternity leave from September through December…yeah, as in taking these four months off completely! I will continue to answer e-mails, process and ship orders, and book weddings and portrait sessions for 2011, but I will not be conducting shoots during these months. I’m nervous, as fall is my busiest time of year, but I realize that we will all need the time together and it goes by so fast…I want to suck it all up and relish every sleepless night without worrying about how I’m going to make it to the next day’s shoot!

So, whether you’re a new or returning client and you’d like to have portraits taken of your family before the year ends, now is the time to book! I’m scheduling portrait sessions from now through July and for some of August, and I fully expect my calendar to fill up completely within the next month or so. I know that many of you don’t think about holiday cards until around September, but summer is always a gorgeous time of year to get an outdoor session in. Imagine how good it will feel to get the family portraits finished by fall…a serious head start on your holiday to-do list. Yuck, did I mention the holidays? Sorry, I’m in summer mode too, just sayin’.

Anyhow, thanks so much for checking in. I have lots to blog and will do my best to keep the posts coming. I’m so grateful for you, my lovely blog readers. You are indeed some of the many treasures in this little life of mine…