play is life… Quote

“What we play is life” – Louis Armstrong

Afternoon jump of joy – Meeshelle Neal!

Water jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Water jump with Meeshelle Neal at English Bay beach, Vancouver BC.

Have a great day.. and weekend!

in the end.

“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” — Ursula Le Guin

Jump photo of the day – Foxx Cant! August 31, 2012

Ninja jumper. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Super ninja sword jumper. I love it when people get creative with their jumps 🙂 Taken in Yaletown, Vancouver, BC.

Have a spectacular day!

like spring…

“My joy is like Spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom all over the earth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Newsletter Archive featuring Laurel L. Lewis from July 23, 2012

Lovely Laurel. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Newsletter Archive featuring Laurel L. Lewis from July 23, 2012

This series of jumping photos with Laurel was taken in Santa Monica and Venice, CA USA

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A poem about joy…

Spontaneous Brevity Life Celebration

joy leap joy skip joy dance
joy in brevity of life lives
joy in brevity life celebration
joy in a moment pace lives

Copyright © by Terence George Craddock

Afternoon jump of joy!

Spanish Banks sunset. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

A double jump of joy playing on the beach and enjoying the sunset in Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.

Enjoy your afternoon!

get the most out of life…

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” – William Feather

Jumping joy photo of the day – Blair Larratt! August 30, 2012

Crazy high jump of joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Last night at Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC I met up with an old time friend – Blair, to do a super fast supper fun jump shoot. He got some crazy high jumps in before a delicious crab feast. He also helped me sort out my inconsistent flash issues and taught me a trick on getting the auto flash to flash even when it didn’t want to. Thanks Blair.

Have a splendid day!

keep looking…

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” ― Steve Jobs

Afternoon jumping joy – Going Coastal!

Going Coastal take 2. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Going Coastal is rasing money and competing in The Coastal Challenge 2013.. their goal is to raise $230,000 for education in Ethiopia – Imagine1day. This photo was taken in Gastown, Vancouver, BC

Everything is going to be all right..

Feel inspired.. and have a great day!

dare to jump…

“You cannot always wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump.” – Unknown

Jumping photo of the day – Paula Castellon (Robertson)! August 29, 2012

I’m the boss. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

You can’t see it very well.. her shirt says “I’m not bossy, I just have better Ideas!” 😉 Awesome jumping Paula. Taken in North Vancouver, BC Canada.

Someone made a comment about taking a jump of grump LOL Paulas facial expression in this photo looks kind of like a jump of grump… but the photo still makes me smile so in the end, its still a jump of joy for me 🙂

Have a spectacular day!


“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

Upon death Ancient Egyptians believed…

“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, ‘Did you bring joy?’ The second was, ‘Did you find joy?” – Dr. Leo Buscaglia

I love this quote.. I found it on my dear friend Laurel L. Lewis’ page about death and dying which creates discussion aimed at embracing death as a part of life. The page is called Deathis….

There are very few things which are certain in life and death is one of them… I intend to enjoy my time along the way, and whether there is an afterlife or not, I hope to answer yes and yes when it is my time for death… 🙂

Jump photo of the day – Miss Mercury (Michelle Cote)! August 28, 2012

Miss Mercury (Michelle Cote).Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Miss Mercury (Michelle Cote) jumpin for joy in front of a very cool old pick up truck in a vancouver suburb.

Have a very happy day!

more energy… Quote

“The more energy you put into anything, the better the chance it will work for you.” – Shad Helmstetter

Me again… Afternoon jumping self-portrait photo! @eyoalha

Self-portrait Photo by Eyoälha Baker

It’s me again, jumping for joy… jumping self-portrait photo! I took this at the base of Whistler Mountain, BC a couple of days ago.. I really cant wait for my ankle to be fully healed as I really have such a fun time doing my self-portrait jumping photos while hanging out on my own 🙂

Have a spectacular day!

work or play… Quote

“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you are doing is work or play.” – Warren Beatty

Jump of Joy Photo of the day – Guido Rochow! August 27, 2012

Guido jumpin it up in Mexico. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Guido jumpin it up in Mexico, taken in 2011.

It is the start of another week.. have some fun and Enjoy!

the beginning of creation…

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

Joy jump take off – Adam Pearson!

Adam taking off. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Joy jump take off – Adam Pearson! Taken in Mexico, 2011.

Enjoy your evening!

our play… Quote

“In our play we reveal what kind of people we are.” – Ovid

Jump photo of the day – Stafeany Mathias-Butler! August 26, 2012

Stunning Stefany silhouette jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

I love this joyful silhouette jump of Stafany sunset at the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles CA.

Have a happy sunday!

Afternoon jumping joy – Sarah Edmondson!

Free jump of joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

The childlike essence of Sarah playing on the grass at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC.

Enjoy your day!

lived from inside… Quote

“Your life is not lived by what happens around you and to you. It is lived from inside yourself, inside your own mind. It is what you think, what you say and what you do about what happens ‘out there’ that matters.” – Dee Rimmer

Jump photo of the day – Deborah Low! August 25, 2012

Hoop jumper! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Deb and I were playing around and learning some advanced hula hooping techniques at the Wanderlust festival in Whistler, BC when I caught this jumping hooping snap shot of her. Loads of fun.. can’t wait to try it again 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

think up… Quote

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

Afternoon jumping joy photo Dawn Neale!

Dawn between the buildings. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Dawn doing some gorgeous jumping between the buildings in Gastown, Vancouver BC.

Have a stupendous afternoon and enjoy the weekend

at least one person…

From my list of 101 things I want to do in my life… #30. Make an impression on at least one person that changes their life for the better in some way.DONE 🙂 this one feels good.

This was actually something that happened quite a long time ago but I wasn’t aware of it until recently when one of my long time friends and I were talking… I won’t go into detail about what it was as it is completely unrelated to my project except for the fact that I was able to inspire her to make positive changes in her life simply though living the example of my perspective on life. It made me feel really good.

I hope that I will be able to inspire a positive perspective on life, in some small way, one person at a time through my jumping photo project and being true to myself and who I am. I suppose in some time I may be able to tell… right now, in this moment, I am just happy to know that I inspired at least one person 🙂

Jump photo of the day – it’s me! (slef-portrait by Eyoälha). August 24, 2012

Jumpin with the lion Self-portrait. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

The other day I arrived to a jump shoot location at the base of the Lions Gate Bridge a bit early.. so, what better way to pass the time then to do a few jumping self-portraits while waiting for my jumping person to arrive.

I am still in the process of healing an ankle injury, so self-porrtrait jumping (and even the amount of walking I can do) is a little more difficult as I have to jump and land with most of my weight on my left foot. I had a great time regardless, worked up a sweat and laughed a lot with myself. I can’t wait for my ankle to be fully healed so I can do more self-portrait jumping photos and take advantage of the amazing locations / hikes with incredible views available here in Vancouver.. in the meantime, just loving where I am and enjoying the limited jumping that I can do.

Have a splendid day!

A smile… Quote

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” – Phyllis Diller

Joyous afternoon jump – Zen Shane Lim!

Joy jumping with the flowers. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Zen looking pretty good matching the with the flowers and a super jump at the entrance to Stanley Park, Vancouver BC.

Have a fantastic afternoon!

do it joyfully.. Quote

“Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things….

Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine. You become more divine as you become more creative.” – Osho

Newsletter Archive featuring Ulrike Meitzner from July 23, 2012

Uli-pie in the sky! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Read more about Ulrike Meitzner Newsletter Archive on July 23, 2012

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Jumping photo of the day – David Blair! August 23, 2012

Lions Gate Bridge Jumping. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

David Blair doing some super jumps on Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC.

Have a spectacular day!

breathe life into your dreams… Quote

“You must breathe life into your dreams if you wish them to come alive, you must act to turn imagination into reality.” – Unknown

Afternoon joy jump – Mane Rayne!

Jumping off the top. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Mane Rayne tapping into his childlike nature and jumping off the top of a kids climbing monkey bars… at a park in the centre of Yaletown, Vancouver BC.

Enjoy your afternoon!

value we add… Quote

“I truly believe that we are rewarded for the amount of value we add to the lives of others. I really know this to be true in my heart and soul.” – unknown


A wish to jump for joy in Japan. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

!. 喜びのためにジャンプする = to jump for joy

2. 空中で – – 世界中で私は人間の精神の美しさを披露したい! = I want to showcase the beauty of the human spirit – in mid-air – around the world!

3. 作成するための美しい場所 = a beautiful place to create

4. 私は世界中の写真をジャンピング行うのが大好き = I love to do jumping photos around the world

5. 私は日本語の文章が大好きで、私はシンボルの一部を理解することがしたい = I love Japanese writing and wish I could understand some of the symbols.

6. するために日本人と芸術を共同作成します。= To co-create art with Japanese people.

7. 私は、ビルや工場の詩的秩序を撮影するのが大好きだ。= I would love to photograph the poetic orderliness of buildings and plants.

8. 私がまだ日本に住んでいる友達がいません。= I don’t yet have any friends who live in Japan.

9. fun = 楽しい

10. 私たちにその人間性を思い出させるためにすることは喜びの表現を介して1つとして一緒に来ることができる = to remind us that humanity can come together as one through the expression of joy.

11. 私は人々の中に真の喜びと子供のような遊び心に到達するための方法を発見したと思っ = I feel I have found a way to reach the true joy and childlike playfulness within people.

12. 彼らは喜びのためにジャンプのように単純に楽しみを持って、喜びと人々の自信を作成!私のカメラの前で = simply have fun, create joy and self confidence in people as they Jump for Joy! In front of my camera.

Twelve reasons I would love to go to Japan on Virgin Atlantic. Japanese translations co google translate.

our real selves… Quote

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up …. our real selves, the children inside, are still innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Angelou

Afternoon jump – Anne Vollborn! August 21, 2012

Anne jumps.Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Last year in Malibu, California I captured Anne playing in the sky.

Beautiful day!

Life is a leap… Quote

“Life is a leap into the unknown.” – Bill Harris

Jumping photo of the day – Aliyah O’Brien! August 21, 2012

All canadian girl jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Aliyah @aliyahobrien went all Canadian themes in the summer heat wearing red socks and an ear flap hat. Jumping on one of Stanley Parks beachs in front of some really cool rock statues. What a blast.. 🙂

People with interesting lives… Quote

“People with interesting lives have no frills. They trade their cities. They invest in projects with risks. They are interested in people that are the opposite of them. They resign without another job in sight and accept invitations to do what they have never done before. They are willing to change their favorite colour and dish. They start from scratch many times … They are not frightened by the time that passess them by. They go up on a stage, they change their hair style, do crazy things for love and buy one-way tickets.” – Clauss Ferrancini

One of my favourite quotes.. copied from this weeks Newsletter with Alice Chen.

Jump up, jump over! photo – Fresh and Ahamad

Jump up, jump over! Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Jump up, jump over into the blue sky! Fresh and Ahamad jumping over me while I take their jumping photo at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC Canada.

Enjoy the rest of your day! 🙂

What is happiness… Quote

“What is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” – Albert Camus

What is happiness to you? What does happy feel like?

To me one image that inspires a happy feeling for me – playing around, doing jumping photos in warm sunshine with bare feet on a sandy white beach lined with tropical plants with bright flowers, warm clear blue tropical water and deep belly laughing with good friends…. this image makes me smile just when I think of it.. and feels amazing when I’m doing it. Its nice to have one of these little images stored away to lift you up when ever you get distracted from happy… I suppose tapping into your creative imagination is technically called visualization.. or daydreaming… call it what you like, its fun and feels nice.. give it a try 🙂

Or, if you want an alternative..on how to be unhappy×5/unhappy from the Art of Non-Conformaty … reverse psychology… 😉

Jump photo of the day – Makenzie Chilton! August 20, 2012

Skipping with Balloons. Photo by Eyoälha Baker

Makenzie skipping along with a bunch of balloons in Gastown, Vancouver BC. Simple pleasures can bring so much joy to life 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

live each day with enthusiasm… Quote

“When you live each day with enthusiasm–as though now is all you’ve got– a funny thing happens. You start to feel happy, satisfied, secure, and fulfilled, pretty much all the time.” – Marie Forleo