“CREATIVITY IS INVENTING, EXPERIMENTING, GROWING, TAKING RISKS, BREAKING RULES, MAKING MISTAKES AND HAVING FUN.” – Mary Lou Cook
Oh JOY! Yuri really knows how to jump it up! 🙂 Taken in North Vancouver, BC Canada in 2011.
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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ― John Lennon
Mia in Mexico, 2012.. all joy!
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“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” – Paul Strand
Jumping in the deep end: “Start doing something new and difficult without help or preparation.” Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Sometimes the only way to go is all in… This can be said for love relationships, sports, business and well… life in general. There is something very exciting and beautiful about following your heart and your gut, even when it goes against all logic.
The times I have felt the most alive in my life have been when I Jump into something with all my passion, energy and with the mindset that the only way is up even when it seems like the dream is impossible or unobtainable.
I love living my life all in.. sometimes it means making a lot of mistakes along the way, but isn’t that what life is all about? Taking risks that challenge you to grow, that push you past your comfort zone, and quite often, include a fair amount of trial and error until you get it right?
I have learned (am still learning), that it is helpful to create at least an outline map before jumping in the deep end. I like to think of that outline as a road map with the treasure at the end. A road map helps to make some realistic evaluations and figure out the best way to get from point A. to point B. before jumping in the deep end (or at least have the map in hand when you jump in). You may even find some short cuts or scenic tours along the way..
Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved a good adventure and admit that one of my favourite things is showing up in a new city, going out for a walk, letting myself get lost and discovering new places without a map. This is fun and you discover all kinds of unexpected things along the way when you have no destination in mind, but when you are actually jumping in the deep end with a dream or goal in mind.. I like to create a map to reach my destination as smoothly and efficiently as possible… even then, with the best set plans, the most unexpected things can happen along the way.
“Risk is nothing new. All important discoveries in this world came from people who took risks…. ..the key is figuring out which risks to take. Some people may seem like they “have it easy” or are “more successful” than others, but usually success in risk taking is not by accident. People make their own luck by taking the right advantages and making the right choices. This process involves asking the right questions.” Dr. Ben Carson: Great Risks Bring Greater Success
Some advice on questions to ask yourself before jumping in the deep end from neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson:
* What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
* What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
* What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
* What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
You will know in our gut which way to jump.
Jump in the deep end… bring your treasure map..the water is warm, calm, clear and deep. The conditions are perfect for a treasure hunt.
I just started a new facebook page for this project!
I have had quite a few people either send in or offer to send in their own jumping photos or jumping photos they love… so I decided to make a place for YOU to post their own beautiful works of jumping joy! on facebooK https://www.facebook.com/JumpForJoyPhotoProject
I will select one creative and joyful photo a week to showcase on the blog.. happy jumping to you!
I just started it so you could be the very first one to like the page and post your own jumping photo! 🙂
“The most sustaining force in an artist’s life is supportive friendship[s] with other artists.” — Mira Schor
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Todays Jumping photo has extra personal meaning for me… this is photo is my little sister Ahbyah Jumping for Joy! while visiting me last year in venice, CA. Today she is jumping joy for a very good reason, she has been selected as a finalist in 14th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition…
“This prestigious competition provides a national showcase for some of our country’s most talented artists during the early stages of their careers,” said Ann Webb, executive director, Canadian Art Foundation and publisher, Canadian Art magazine. “Each year, we see wonderful examples of our country’s vibrant community of visual artists. Narrowing these gifted entrants down to 15 finalists has been a very tough challenge for our jurors – choosing a winner is going to be very difficult.”
I am so proud of my little sister Ahbyah Baker … beautiful paintings! Well done Kindies ♥
“You know you’re a photographer when everything you see and everywhere you look, you start to think about how you would edit that scenery and what angle you would take the photo at” – Alyssa Michelle
A very Happy Birthday Jump! A.N> Blissed out in Ubud, Bali… a beautiful place and memory.. and today is her Birthday 🙂 HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY A.N.!
This is amazing.. I was looking for some musical jumping inspiration and came across this video of what looks like hundreds of Filipino inmates dressed in orange, dancing and jumping to the Pointer Sisters – “Jump (for my love)”..
“This is a tribute to all Prison facilities in the Philippines (8 and counting) who are now adopting this non-violent approach to rehabilitation! Thank you, inmates deserve a second chance! If we make prisons a living hell for them, then we might just be sending out devils once they are released. Cruel methods to achieve discipline are a thing of the past! So, keep on dancing!” byronfgarcia – youtube
This is a photo taken at dawn in Mexico in 2011, nothing better than a Jumping photo to get you going in the morning.
“Live your life and forget your age.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Farrah doing some awesome joyous jumping behind a postal truck on a beautiful sunny day in Venice, CA in 2011.
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“Life is like a camera lens. Focus only on what is important and you will capture it perfectly.” – Unknown
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” – Joan Miró
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams
New study finds that …”toddlers under the age of two are happier when giving treats to others than receiving treats themselves ….. These findings support recent research showing that adults feel good when they help others and may help explain why people act pro-socially, even when doing so involves personal cost. This is the first study to show that giving to others makes young children happy.” I saw this on HAPPY – A Documentary facebook page I LOVED this movie and highly recommend seeing it!
Share the JOY! It will make you happier too 🙂
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Playing on the beach in Malibu, California. Beautiful!
“CONSULTING THE RULES OF COMPOSITION BEFORE TAKING A PHOTOGRAPH, IS LIKE CONSULTING THE LAWS OF GRAVITY BEFORE GOING FOR A WALK.” – Edward Weston
‘Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.’ – Stephen Harper
Jumping over the wall.. take a new perspective, take a break, get suggestions from other people, try something new, approach it in a different way. Chances are you will find a way around, through or over it. 🙂
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“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” – Edward Steichen
“eyes like a shutter, mind like a lens” – unknown
A tip on how to jump higher: Take one or two preliminary steps before jumping. The energy developed in those steps can help generate additional upward momentum. WikiHow
The same can be said for following your dreams in life.. We are in training for what we want in life.. everything you do leading up to accomplishing anything is the exercising and strengthening process that gets you to where you want to go / be.
You are building your strength, creating flexibility, and getting into position for what you want. And when you are trained and ready.. you have the explosiveness to make whatever it is you want happen.
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My friend Paige and I Jumping for Joy! in 2008 before the City Chase in Vancouver, BC Canada, long before I began the project I was already doing Jumping photos.. this photo was taken by a stranger passing by so unfortunately, photographer unknown. This race was one of the funnest things I have ever done in Vancouver. Full of adrenaline, we ran all thought the city doing all kinds of obstacle courses, races and crazy tasks. Great memories.
Super excited… and jumping for joy today!.. I just made contact with Chris, the executive director of http://playlightlearn.wordpress.com/ to set up Jump for Joy! photo shoots in schools in Ghana! I will tack this onto my South African visit (which I am also super excited about:).
I love that I am finding other wonderful projects and people that are interested in being a part of Jump for Joy! Photo Project, it makes what I am doing so much more satisfying and interesting.
If you are living in any of the locations I am planning to visit and would like to support and or be a part of my project, please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set something up when I am in your town.
And don’t forget to subscribe to the weekly Jump for Joy! NEWSLETTER for highlights on some of the people you see Jumping for Joy! on the blog.
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WHAT MAKES YOU JUMP FOR JOY?
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Another beautiful day do Jump for Joy! This photo was taken in North Vancouver, BC Canada in 2011.
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” – Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
Such an amazing memory shooting jumping photos in Mexico at sunset in 2010. Perfect.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful.” – Anthony Bourdain
Little red jumping hood. Vancouver, BC Canada. 2011
A photograph may only be a split second of a day, but to me.. it tells me a whole story. It reminds me of that whole day. – unknown
I am inspired by sharing.. sharing experiences, sharing photos, sharing love, sharing food, sharing support.. the list goes on. Sharing is so pleasurable and a big reason why I love doing the Jump for Joy! Photo Project. The co-creation aspect of making the images, the time and experience shared while creating the images and especially showing the people how amazing they look in the photos is so incredibly satisfying. Every time I do a jumping shoot, whether I am the one jumping or I am taking the photos I have so much fun, feel pumped with adrenalin and just incredibly alive. To be able to share this feeling with the person/people involved in the shoot is such a gift for me.
This desire and joy to share has brought something to my attention that I have been struggling to change over the past year. In the past I have loved and enjoyed taking photos so much that my first instinct has been to post them online for people or to give photos to anyone in the photo. This feels great to me. However, I have discovered that if I want to do what I love, and make photography a profession I have to change the way I share. The challenge for me has been moving away from giving my photos away to charging money for my photography work professionally. I am now placing a value on the work that I am sharing and it has been rather challenging for me to switch gears.
What I have decided is that although there is a new step involved, there is still a beautiful sharing taking place where we both have the opportunity to give and receive. I am still getting used to this new form of sharing and am curious to hear from other photographers and artists about their experiences with placing value on the work that they do.
I would love to her from you.. please leave a comment below.
About to fly..above the pyramids in Teotihuacan.
“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one”
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – ~Howard Thurman
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“No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want.” — Ken Rockwell
“You have to take risks. You have to take risks even now. And if you go out, and you take only safe pictures, you have not achieved anything. You have to make a hole for yourself every day you go out and you take 50 pictures, at least a few of them have to be risky. I mean technically risky. You have to do something you have never done before.” — Fred Herzog
An absolutely amazing shoot today with the lovely and talented Katie Shaw in Hollywood Hills, California. Sign up for the Jump for Joy! NEWSLETTER to hear more about what makes Katie and what makes her Jump for Joy!
All in good time.
Something that you say to tell someone to be patient because the thing they are eager for will happen when the time is right. The Free Dictionary by Fairfax
1. The regulation of occurrence, pace, or coordination to achieve a desired effect, as in music, the theater, athletics, or mechanics.
2. the process or art of regulating actions or remarks in relation to others to produce the best effect, as in music, the theatre, sport, etc.
The Free Dictionary by Faifax
Timing is an essential element to capturing that perfect jumping moment, the peak point as someone jumps in the air. I love that moment, I love that I can capture that moment then immediately see the result displayed on my camera.
I have always been quite an impatient person and when I decide to do something, tend to jump into things with all my heart as quickly as I think of doing them. With this project however, I have been learning a great lesson about patience and how everything is happening at he right time and with the right timing.
Literally one week after I decided to create Jump for Joy! Photo Project I sprained my ankle (how ironic is that?). I have been impatiently waiting for my ankle to heal for a little over a month now and have to admit it has been challenging at times. I am aching to get out and play and jump and do jumping photo shoots but have been “forced” to stay in, put my foot up and focus on laying the groundwork for my project. I am happy to say I have been using the time very effectively and have been very productive creating and building the foundation for my project. I now have something solid to spring off of before I jump into traveling and doing photo shoots.
When I look at it from the perspective of how forces beyond my control are conspiring to help me build my project and get everything I need set up and ready before I begin traipsing of around the world to take jumping photos, it’s really quite amazing actually. I am really beginning to see that in fact everything is timed just perfectly, and all good things do come at the right time and exactly as I am ready for them.
“Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play…. We have to conclude, therefore, that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play…it arises in and as play, and never leaves it.” – Johan Huizing
Spidy and Steph Zeh Jump for Joy! on Hollywood Blvd. .. Spider man, spider man,, does whatever a spider can… follow Stephf Zeh on twitter @iamstefz for updates on The Moose Hat.. coming soon to a town near you.
“Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.” — Edward Weston
In celebration of fathers day…
The youngest jumper so far, Lara is only 3! It was so amazing to see her fearless natural joy for jumping and also beautiful to watch her and her papa play while I captured the sweet moments on camera. I imagine it will be a beautiful and sentimental memory for them both one day, and her mom and brother who were not there that day will also be able to join in on the fun though the images.
A great time to reflect and remember our dads and all they have taught us.
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Jump! Jump! Vivian kick’n it up in style…