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 2011

Little A {Santa Cruz, CA family portrait photography, Santa Cruz, CA kids portrait photography, Watsonville, CA family portrait photography}

She really is the only person I know who could actually make a back lit field of blooming dahlias look even better. A, you are fantastic. Thanks for brightening up my evening!

Special thanks to Linda of Country Essences Flowers for allowing us to play in her gorgeous gardens. If you are getting married, or if you need flowers, check out Country Essences for sure…you’ll be amazed.

11 months young

Our baby turned 11 months young a couple of days ago. I have no idea where these last 11 months have gone. It has all been a wonderful blur.

As for his big brother, it is difficult to get a photo these days…I have to be sneaky. Good practice, I guess.

I love them both to pieces.

Andrea + Kevin {Aptos, CA wedding photography, Santa Cruz, CA wedding photography, Corralitos, CA wedding photography}

To say that Pat and I enjoyed ourselves at Andrea and Kevin’s wedding would be an understatement. Everything was amazing…the gorgeous venue of Nicholson Vineyards, the Italian themed decor (made by Andrea and her family), the food, the homemade limoncello (a labor of love made by Kevin and Andrea)…but most of all the people. Andrea and Kevin, you fell in love with each other, but we fell in love with you both, your families, and your friends. We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing group of people to spend the day with. Thank you for having us, it was an honor.

That’s Amore! Have a wonderful rest of the week.

The sun, a tree, and love {Los Gatos Family Portrait Photography}

Isn’t life amazing?


I just stumbled upon this and it broke my heart. I hate how they grow.

I also love how they grow.

Mary + Mike {Santa Cruz wedding photography}

Mary and Mike’s wedding was so incredibly special. I was honored to be there.

More on the way soon…as soon as I finish unpacking. I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Alyssa & Collin

They got married in Italy. Tuscany to be specific. We stayed in the very castle where Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. It was too beautiful to even describe. Alyssa is my cousin, so this made it even more special. It is amazing to photograph a wedding for people who you love very much.

Alyssa and Collin, we love you both so very much and are so incredibly happy for you. Thank you for having us.

More images soon…but first, we’re taking a train to the Italian Riviera. I’ll be back next week. Ciao!