My favourite way to spend time alone.. jumping self portraits.. so much fun!

My name is Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) which means – the wind – in the Kwakwa’ka’wakw language from the North West Coast of Canada. I am Canadian yet find myself at home in many countries. I am a photographer, entrepreneur, and avid traveler.

Photography provides me the opportunity to share how I see beauty in the world. I’ve always been interested in photography and I consider myself to be mostly self taught. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon power shot – 3.2 megapixels in 2004 (still my favourite camera). I was so excited to experiment and play with light, motion, framing and to take hundreds of photos without concern of wasting costly film.. and it’s so instant, I loved the instant gratification of seeing the images.

In fact, loved that camera so much that I actually risked my life chasing down a thief (James Bond style) during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was very lucky, I got it back with the help of some armed police officers who luckily popped up once we had run through the crowd into a less populated street. Luckily I wasn’t harmed :-)

I find immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, documenting the beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life… which is also one of the reasons why I love jumping photos! I believe in the positive effects of joy and the creative collaboration between photographer and subject.

I hold a degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University, a Diploma in Media Resources from Capilano College, and attended the Latin American Management Program (LAMP) through the McRae Institute. I was the owner and creator of Urban Remix Interior Design company (I closed the doors in 2010). I also partnered in the creation of Mode Suites Executive Furnished Rentals. I sold my share of the company in 2011 to pursue my love of travel and photography. Mode Suites Executive Furnished Rentals is still in operation if you are in need of a place to stay in Vancouver.

These were just a few pages and a past part of my life.. in this chapter I’m playing the role of a photographer set out on a worldwide adventure taking photos of interesting, inspiring and creative people expressing their joy around the world. Sounds like fun to me :)

Self-portrait photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Self-portrait photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

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