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!

Category Archives: fun stuff


our first basket of the year…they were amazing.

Next time we’re getting more. much more.

have a great week!


spring is here. it’s really, really here!

more from this shoot on the way soon. Have a fabulous weekend!

Santa Cruz Click Chicks

I finally have an image ready for the Santa Cruz Click Chick’s project 52. I’ll be trying my hardest to contribute regularly from now on. I love the idea of shooting my own interpretation of a weekly theme…just for fun. I’m also excited about becoming more active in the group and connecting with other local photographers.

Check out SCCC’s blog HERE. Have a lovely week!

90 years

Back in November I had the unusual honor of photographing a 90th birthday celebration. I normally don’t do birthday parties, but how could I pass this one up? The guest of honor was simply amazing…she never stopped smiling.

The party took place at the beautiful historic Rengstorff House in Mountainview.

Mariachi Tequila (408-455-0923/ was quite a hit (note the birthday girl’s expression while they played in the first image).

It was really wonderful to see all of the generations together.

Happy Birthday, V! Many thanks to both you and Tony for having me. I was deeply touched by the love that surrounded you on that warm November afternoon. It is a testament to the incredible person you are. May your every day be filled with love.

“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”  ~Douglas MacArthur

A Greek Ladybug

I was editing images today and eating a salad when she caught my eye. Perched on a piece of Feta cheese and looking incredibly happy…


Don’t worry, I moved her to the garden where she can eat all the insects that her heart desires.

I wish you all a delicious second half of this week…

rain, rain…

What else is there to do on a rainy Tuesday afternoon but paint?

He opted out on paper, deciding instead to paint the easel itself. paint1_blog1

It sure looked like fun.paint2_blog1


we wish you a colorful week…

Big Love.


Have you ever loved a big, furry dog?

Has a big, furry dog ever loved you?

I wish you a warm and comforting week…

My favorite things about camping


Trucks first thing in the morning

Reading Good Books

Staying Cozy

Kisses from friends

And last but not least, sunsets on the beach.

I’m not sure that life gets any better than this…

apples of peace

I feel October passing us by and I wonder where the summer went and why time has to move so quickly…but it’s now time to eat apples and bake pies and settle in.

We went to Swanton Pacific Ranch on Saturday to pick apples. It was the best day ever.

We were joined by the hop-hops. We call them the hop-hops because they used to entertain our little guy by hopping around like bunnies. They were his very first friends. He loves them more than ever. This is the only girl of the bunch, she led our guy around and helped him pick.

She even made up a really cool song entitled “Do Not Destroy the Apple of Peace”…not sure what that means, but I like it.

He ate so many apples…I lost count after 4.

Maybe not the intended use for the wheelbarrow, but it sure was fun.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! Oh, I almost forgot…maybe “The Apple of Peace” could be our mantra this week, month, and maybe even year? What do you think?

Berry Picking Bliss Pt. 2

We had so much fun at Swanton Berry Farm last weekend that we decided to join our friends for another visit yesterday. It was too much fun, so I had to share.

When we arrived, the sun was struggling to make it’s way through the fog and was offering the most gorgeous light.

Little Miss Aoiffa had a wonderful time.

The boys worked hard.

Dressed appropriately for berry picking!

Here’s the crew. Up to no good if you ask me.

The sun came out just in time for our picnic. After the picnic, Ki was the star of the show.

Can someone tell me why we bother buying toys?

Even Aoiffa got in on the fun.

We hated to leave, but plan on returning next week again. You can never eat enough fresh berries!