be true… Quote

“To thine ownself be true”

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Afternoon jumping joy Photo!

My mom. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Introducing.. my mom! Jumping for joy like a pro.. 😉 We shot these this morning at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC. On our way to the shoot a beautiful dear jumped out in front of our car suddenly and crossed the road right in front of us, an unrelated event but I always feel like its special to witness wildlife so close to a city.

Have a great afternoon and appreciate the magic in every moment!

splendid torch… Quote

“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

Jump photo of the day – Honeybee Henderson! July 31, 2012

Just pure jumping Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Revisiting a magical day of jumping joy with Honeybee Henderson in Topanga Canyon, CA.

Feel the JOY!

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And enjoy your day! 🙂

a mental picture… Quote

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture!” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Afternoon jumping joy photo – Michelle Cote!

Jump up in green! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Gorgeous in green.. Michelle aka Ms. Mercury jumping it up one more time in Vancouver, BC.

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Have a fantastic afternoon!

belief that I can do it… Quote

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Jump photo of the day! July 30, 2012

Jump for joy in the setting sun. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

A beautiful time to jump for joy with the setting sun… the Griffith Observatory in Los Angles.

Have an incredible week!

if you can dream it… Quote

“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” – Belva Davis

Sunny Sunday afternoon jumping photo – Ahmad and Fresh!

Fresh and Ahmad jumping it in style! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Life just gets better every day 🙂 I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with these two wonderful people who just so happen to be naturally talented joy jumpers. Any sunny Sunday in Vancouver is a glorious day to celebrate the joy of life with good friends.

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Enjoy your day to the fullest!

measure of success… Quote

“The only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling.” ~ Abraham Hicks

Jump photo of the day! July 29, 2012

Visiting back a couple of years to Teotihuacan, Mexico 2010.. Esra playfully leaping over the world 🙂

Great memories..

Have a wonderful day!

jump over the hurdles… Quotes

“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.” – George Lucas

Jump photo of the day – Miss Mercury aka Michelle Cote! July 28, 2012

Ms. Mercury and the guitar. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Fantastic Jumping with musician Ms. Mercury (aka Michelle Cote) brightening up a quiet Vancouver neighbourhood. More photos and bio to come on Ms. Mercury soon, look for her in an upcoming Newsletter profile.

Have a rocking weekend!

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most folks… Quote

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Have a wonderful weekend!

Afternoon jumping photo fun – MIchael Robinson!

Super DAD! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Super Dad! Michael taking flight, in North Vancouver 2012.

Enjoy your afternoon!

all the good things… Quote

When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things”. ~ Maya Angelou

Jump photo of the day – Zen Shane Lim! July 27, 2012

ZEN! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Incredible jumping for joy over Vancouver city with Zen Shane Lim yesterday afternoon. I love to see his great energy and creative jumping style. I cant wait to post more great photos of Zen and to feature him in an upcoming newsletter 😉

Have a spectacular day!

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a new visual code… Quote

“In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at, and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar and, even more importantly, an ethics of seeing. The most grandiose result of the photographic enterprise is to give us a sense that we can hold the whole world in our heads—as an anthology of images.” – from On Photography by Susan Sontag

Afternoon Jumping joy photo – Sarah Edmondson! July 26, 2012

Sarah free just to be.. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

I just finished another fun jump photo shoot with the beautiful Sarah Edmondson in Vancouver, BC. She easily taped into her adorable inner child and we were able to capture some great shots.

Look for her feature in an upcoming newsletter in a few weeks.
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Have a spectacular afternoon 🙂

who you are… Quote

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not. So start believing in yourself, and you will become what you thought you couldn’t.” – Unknown

Jumping photo of the day! July 26, 2912

Floating above the river. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Yuri.. Floating above the river. North Vancouver, 2011

Have a wonderful day!

Feel the power… Quote

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

Stefany Mathias Newsletter archive from June 25, 2012

More Joy, more joy!! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Newsletter archive featuring Stefany Mathias on June 25, 2012

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Creativity gives hope.. Quote

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” – Edward de Bono

Afternoon jumping joy photo -Makenzie Chilton!

Red balloon jump! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Another amazingly fun jump photo shoot from yesterday in Gastown Vancouver, BC with the lovely Makenzie. I am so inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm that is happening in the jump shoots. When I met up with Makenzie she had this big bouquet of red balloons which enabled us to create some really incredible photos.

It was such a blast and I cant wait to post more of her spectacular red balloon jumps 🙂 Look for more photos of Makenzie and the red balloons featured in one of my up coming Newsletters too!


Several more shoots set up tomorrow .. wonder what my next jumpers will come up with 🙂

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Have a great afternoon!

strange joy… Quote

‎”A strange joy fills me.” ~ Rumi

Jump photo of the day – Taraneh and Adam King! July 25, 2012

`Celebrating love! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

I just did this super fun jumping shoot yesterday with Taraneh and Adam who were celebrating their 2 year wedding anniversary.. what could possibly be more joyous than celebrating LOVE!

They did some really incredible jumping and I cant wait to post more of the images. I absolutely enjoyed their creativity and enthusiasm and am excited to feature them in one of my upcoming newsletters 🙂

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Have a spectacular day!

grinning inside… Quote

“Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.” ~ Melba Colgrove

Afternoon jumping photo – Self-portrait Eyoälha Baker!

Jumping self-portrait! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

I just love doing jumping self-portraits.. Hollywood Hills, CA 🙂 So much fun!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

capable of living… Quote

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

Jump photo of the day! July 24, 2012

A jump with a view. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

A jump with a view taken last year in Greece.

Have a fabulous day!!

Joyous afternoon jumping photo!

Reece Joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Kids just get it. Jump = Joy!

Have a great afternoon!

The pursuit of Joy

Last week I reconnected with an old friend that I used to work for at least 15 years ago.. Albert Nerenberg. He is one of the most creative and fun loving people I have known and he may not even realize how much his joy of creating influenced my life.

I had just finished a 2 year diploma on producing documentaries and had completed a 6 month practicum with the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) when I started working with Albert producing 3 minute streeters on current events for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

I was completely thrown off by his working style, my newly acquired “knowledge” had created some rigid thinking about how things needed to be done. So when I began working for Albert who didn’t do anything by the books, and well.. he was not the most organized person I had ever met, it took some adjusting. But the thing that has always impressed me about Albert is his passion and joy of creating and having fun. It was always more like he was playing than working and that was the best lesson on life I have ever had. He never seemed focused on perfection so much as taking action and creating on the spot. Working with him taught me that the best way to make something happen is just to do it.

I have thought often about working on projects with Albert, he showed me that if you love something, and you have fun with it you can make or do anything you want.

After a career in documentary and film, Albert is now an internationally known Laughologist who uses laughing as a form of therapy and is attending world laughing competitions.

I am planning to do some jumping photos with him later this year and we have spoken about how we can combine our projects through the pursuit of joy and fun.. I can’t think of a more perfect fit 🙂

Here is a quote from Albert about joy: “Everyone is talking about the pursuit of happiness. . But nobody knows what happiness is. Scientists don’t know, psychologists don’t know religious leaders definitely don’t know. That’s because it’s impossible to measure and even harder to define. Joy meanwhile is very measurable and real. You can measure the chemistry that creates excitement, desire, euphoria and even contentment. Forget happiness. The Pursuit of joy would make a lot more sense, and you might actually find it.” – Albert Nerenberg

Check out Alberts Work here:

Kind and supportive words from a kindred spirit. Spreading the joy one jump at a time 🙂

Small Group of Thoughtful People

A picture is worth a thousand words. Several years ago, some friends and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate my good friend, Jeremy — it was his birthday. We spent the weekend traversing around beautiful downtown Chicago and taking snapshots, capturing those moments to be forever immortalized (or at least until the hard drive they were stored on crashed).

One such picture hangs in my home today because of how much joy it gave me. Myself and three friends were in front of Shedd Aquarium, meandering about, when one of us had the impulsive idea to take photos while jumping in the air. It was easily one of the most fun parts of the trip, and there is this one amazing shot of all of us — levitating above the ground, defying gravity. Looking at the photo afterward for instant gratification, we marveled at the precision of each us airborne…

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Go confidently…

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

Jump photo of the day! July 23, 2012

Joy by the ocean.
Photo by Eyoälha Baker

This was such a beautiful day on the beach at Dungeness Wildlife Refuge in Washington State, 2010.

Have a fabulous day!

Afternoon jumping fun photo

A forest fairy jumping for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

A forest fairy jumping for joy! The sun came out in North vancouver Yesterday 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Jump photo of the day – Nava Cooper! July 22, 2012

Ninja bride. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Nava showing some ninja jumping moves in Venice, CA 2012. 🙂

Have a fantastic day!

Afternoon jumping jun photo – Benjamin Cooper!

Jumping for joy in style! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Jumping for joy in Style! benny jumping in a Venice CA ally way 2012…

Have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy the game.. Quote

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

Afternoon jumping joy photo!

Sweet flowers jumping for joy into the frame.Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Jumping for joy into the frame.. Sweetflowers, Greece 2011. Spreading the joy 🙂

Have a great weekend!

a daring adventure… Quote

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller

Jump photo of the day! July 20, 2012

Reaching for the sky in Mexico. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Süreç… Reach for the sky! Mexico, 2011

Have a beautiful day!

start spreading joy… Quote

“We could all do with a bit more joy in our lives couldn’t we? The wonderful thing is that when we start spreading joy, we begin to actually experience more joy in our lives too!” ― Steve Goodier

Jump on it – Eyoälha Baker!

Me jumping for joy a few years ago.. Photo by Ishil

This morning I was reading TheDailyLOVE by Masin Kipp and I love his topic today so thought I would pass it on: “ANYTHING is possible when you courageously and audaciously express yourself and who you are.” To read the entire article go here: TheDailyLove

He started out with this quote from Benjamin Button.. “It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit – start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it, I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you, I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before, I hope you meet people with a different point of view, I hope you live a life you’re proud of – and if you find that you’re not I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ” – Benjamin Button – written by Eric Roth based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I can’t agree more… This is our life and its never too late to live our life and our dreams to the fullest. So if you are not already doing what you love or what you have always wanted to do.. jump on it! 🙂

Jump photo of the day – Honeybee Henderson! July 19, 2012

Jumping on path. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Honeybee jumping for joy on the path with her dog Molly.

Enjoy your day!

the photographer creates.. Quote

“The eye is no better than the philosophy behind it. The photographer creates, evolves a better, a more selective, more acute seeing eye by looking ever more sharply at what is going on in the world.” – Berenice Abbott

Tony Butler Newsletter Archive

Tony Butler Newsletter Archive

Follow the link below to read the Jump for Joy! Photo Project Newsletter featuring Tony Butler. published on June 18, 2012…

Tony Butler Newsletter Archive June 18, 2012

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Jump photo of the day! July 18, 2012

Laurel having fun with fidelity 😉 Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Laurel having fun with fidelity.. while doing our jumping shoot, we came across this interesting Moslem in a Santa Monica graveyard that had the words written above several doors, fidelity was one of them. We chose this spot more for the architecture than the word fidelity, but why not jump for joy and celebrate fidelity!

Lets have an amazing day and show some loyalty to our joy!