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: February 2012


Today we rode to Wilder Ranch. It was cold, but so beautiful…hazy with a tiny bit of sun peeking through. We weren’t there for very long but it was amazing. We watched the chickens, tossed the baseball a little bit, and visited the horses. We gave them a couple of carrots and had our own snacks and were about to leave when I remembered that I had brought my camera. I caught a couple of funny ones of the boys and Pat got a few frames with the boys and I. That is when I remembered that our baby will be 18 months in a couple of days. A year and a half. I can’t quite get my head around it. We rode home with the wind at our backs, made dinner and had hot chocolate to warm up. I think the hot chocolate may have been the highlight for the big brother.

These ordinary days are what make my life feel so meaningful.


I never ever thought I’d…

I never thought I’d ever sit on the floor in my pajamas well past noon with my 1 year old while we ate cauliflower and read “little quack” and “bobo” over and over again. I never figured I’d allow my child to devour leftover birthday cake and ice cream on a day that he’s too sick to go to school. If you asked me 10 years ago if I thought I’d ever or lust over minivans or go to the gym at midnight or if I’d list legos as one of my hobbies I probably would have said no.

I would’ve been wrong.