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: September 2011

Mary & Mike {Santa Cruz wedding photography}

Mary and Mike had a wedding all their own…and it was perfect.

Mary and Mike…you are both so amazing. Thank you for trusting me with your wedding photographs. Being there to document your wedding day and your authentically beautiful love was an honor. Love, love, love to you and your beautiful family. xo, J


the good light

It is that time of year…the light is dropping down to that perfect spot and the world is orange and yellow.

I’m pretty sure that September and October are why I’m a photographer…

While I wasn’t looking

One of my favorite things is when I download random images onto my computer and I see some that I didn’t take. Pat grabs my camera from time to time and it is always worth a giggle. Usually he snaps shots of the boys doing something funny when I’m not around. I have been loving his eye lately.

I have to say that I love these…

Lisa in Las Vegas

One of my dearest friends got married in Vegas last weekend and I got to be a bridesmaid. It was amazing, awesome, beautiful, sweet, and way too much fun. I barely snapped any photos, but I wanted to share a couple…

Isn’t she beautiful?

Lisa and Matt…may your days be full of love and laughter and may the infectious joy of your wedding be with you both always. We love you guys! xo


He turned 7 last week. All he wanted to do was go to the lake…and eat chocolate. We happily managed both. I thought about the day he was born, the day he turned one, two, three, and so on. We still can’t believe it, how he has grown. He has the same sweet smile that he had as a baby. We love him more each year. Happy birthday to you, our biggest boy. You truly are the sunshine of our lives…

Happy Birthday Efthemios

It all started when my dad was in hospice…I felt awful and nauseous but figured that it was due to the stress and sadness that I was feeling. After the funeral I headed back to California with a hole in my heart and an ache in my belly. I woke up every day wondering how a loss could feel so much like morning sickness.


8 months later, we showed up at the hospital and they put us in room 1129…the same room that I had given birth to our first boy 6 years before. At that moment, I knew that everything would be alright. And I was right. He was perfect. And beautiful. And the most amazing gift that our little family could have ever asked for. We are grateful for him every day.

Happy birthday to you, Efthemios. You are the little bird who flew our way just when we needed you the most. Thank you for perching on the branches of my heart when it felt cold and dark.

Life continues on, and it is beautiful.