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: July 2010

Featured on Blending Beautiful!

A huge thanks to Kim for featuring my work on her very lovely blog, Blending Beautiful today! Kim is a friend of Tina, the beautiful bride who is kissing her brand new hubby in the last post. She saw my work and contacted me about posting a few of the images. What an honor!

Thanks again to Kim for the post. She is currently planning her own wedding and has all sorts of great wedding planning posts that are worth checking out for sure. Check out blending Beautiful HERE. And of course, thanks to Tina and Ryan, who make taking beautiful pictures sooooo easy!

on its way

Two more shoots to go before my maternity leave officially begins! Don’t worry, I will still be working on images, albums, orders, and just about everything except for shooting. So, if you’re waiting for something from me…as long as it isn’t a photo shoot after August 1st, then it is on its way! I’m looking forward to sitting awhile and sorting everything out. Once this process begins, I will have more to blog. Until then, a little peek at last weekend’s wedding. Both bride and groom were so amazing…it was a perfect day. More to come, promise!

I wish you a wonderful remainder of the week.

Santa Cruz Family Portrait Session {The E Family}

I’m always so honored to photograph this family, who have become dear friends. I had been looking forward to this shoot for a long time.

We walked to their favorite spot and the light was amazing. I have a few classic ones of Finch, the family dog shaking things up a bit and climbing over everyone in search of snacks, but here is one of the more civilized shots.

Amazing Big Brother…

Sweet Little Brother…

the best dog ever…

a few that resonated with me…

a series that I love…

one of my favorites…

What can I say? Except thank you so much for a wonderful evening. You guys are amazing.

With much Love,


back in town

We’re back and settled in…mail sorted, bills paid, and laundry washed and even folded. Tahoe was a dream, I’m so glad that we went. Now it’s back to work for me. This is my last month of shooting before my maternity leave, so I will have lots to blog and share. For now, I will share just a few from our trip. I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I usually do, but I managed to remember the camera once or twice.

The dock by Grandma and Grandpa’s house

Elated to find a few patches of snow in 80 degree weather on our mountain bike ride.

Loving this beach and already looking forward to next summer…

I hope that your summer is unfolding beautifully. More soon. xo