About jumpforjoyphotoproject

My name is Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) which means - the wind - in the Kwakwa'ka'wakw language. I find myself at home in many countries. I am an artist, photographer and avid traveler. Photography provides me the opportunity to share how I see beauty in the world. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon power shot with 3.2 megapixels in 2004. I find immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, and documenting beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life... which is why I love jumping photos!

Looking Beyond All We Presently Believe… #quote #jumpforjoy #think

“We Become More Than We Think We Can Be, By Looking Beyond All We Presently Believe.” ~ Eleesha

The jump of the day is Katy Mackenzie! @MackenzieKaty July 29, 2015

The lovely Miss Katy stopped by to say hello the other day while I was making posters for the Wall of Joy. This is her jump for joy from last year – beautiful! :)

Down to the last few days to get the posters done before starting to prepare the wall next week. A lot to do in the next couple of days.. here we go!

Have a wonderful day!

Do what makes you happy… #quote #happy #jumpforjoy

“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” ― Rachel Ann Nunes

Susanna and Matt #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @VanPrint July 29, 2015 #Vancouver #printer #joy

I met these two last year, they did all the printing for my last mural and again this year. They are amazing! They always go above and beyond and have helped so much to make both the Jump for Joy Photo murals look amazing. I highly recommend Matt at VanPrint West End for any printing projects… and also, they are just awesome people :) Jump for JOY!

Have a wonderful day!

We should plague everyone with joy… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“…we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” – Swami Satchidananda

Thank you to all who have helped make #jumpforjoyphoto posters for the mural so far :)

Just a few of the many poster making helpers this week – THANK YOU every who has come out so far :)

One more week of preparing the posters before I begin preparing the wall for the mural. Lots of wok to do and loving every minute of it!

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With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger… #quote

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen

Sheila Alwell #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 26, 2015

Sheila came to jump around with me at the entrance to Stanley Park. It was a vibrant sunny day and you can feel the joy in her jumps. Look for her on the wall of joy, coming soon to the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver!

Have a fabulous day!

challenge brings happiness… #quote #challenge #happiness #jumpforjoy

“One reason that challenge brings happiness is that it allows you to expand your self-definition. You become larger.” – Gretchen Rubin

It’s the ZAG HeartBeats Team! #jumpforjoy @ZAGGroupHQ @IamSteveCurtis #zag #heartbeat #joy

We had a blast doing this massive team group jump! There were nearly 40 people here and amazingly we got a few shots with everyone up at once – amazing team work! I am super grateful to the Zag HeartBeats team for the generous contribution toward the Jump for Joy Photo mural. Thanks to the contribution for helping spread massive joy around the world :) Look for the Zag Heartbeats group jump on the finished wall!

Have a fabulous day!

we could have a paradise in a few years… #quote #joy #happiness

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.” – Bertrand Russell

Catherine is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 24, 215 @FreeOfViolence #jumpforjoy #Vancouver

The lovely miss Catherine does work with a program called Enterprising Women Making Art run by Atira Womens Resource Centre. She and her friend Joseph were two of the first people to come help me make Jump for Joy Photos for the Wall of Joy :) And out of over 200 photos, she happened to pick up the pile that was her own photo, pretty cool. Look for her joy-full energy on the wall soon.

Have a wonderful day!

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover… #quote #dream #jumpforjoy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Danton and Heather #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @DantonJay @DJHLmusic July 23, 2015

Spontaneous jumping joy with these two lovely people. We stepped out of a roof top BBQ to snap a couple of jumps, and the joy lifted us all up :)

Look for them on the wall of joy… coming soon to the corner of Abbott and Pender Street in Vancouver ;)

Have a fabulous day!

Set your sights high… @marcandangel #quote #jumpforjoy #bigdreams

“Set your sights high. Make your dreams big, exciting and undeniable. They’re the ones that will push you forward. Whatever is beyond your reach right now will not always be beyond your reach. Keep going.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life

The #jumpforjoyphoto of the day is Meg Taylor! @FreeOfViolence July 22, 2015

I met Meg at one of the Buildings run by Atira Womens Resource Society.. the box beside her is a bee home :) Jump for joy! Another pic for the wall of joy!

Have an amazing day!

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future… #quote #future #jumpforjoy

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” – Noam Chomsky

The jump for joy of the day is Tao Sheng! July 21, 2015

I met Tao recently and hit it off right away, she is a talented Journalist and editor for Rise Weekly. We had a fun time doing her jump photos in West Van. We found this beautiful tree with a patch of sunlight just before the sun began to set. Another jump for joy for the mural :)

Have a wonderful day!

Chatting on the radio about joy @storyshow @coopradio @eyoalha and Vanessa Woznow #vancouver #radio

Eyoalha Baker guest on The Storytelling Show w Vanessa Woznow on Coop Radio July 2015

Eyoalha Baker guest on The Storytelling Show w Vanessa Woznow on Coop Radio July 2015

Last night after a super long that started out with a jump for joy photo shoot, then fun, full day of poster making I was a radio guest on The Storytelling Show with my new sole friend, and host of the show Vanessa Woznow. We had a great time chatting… here is the link to the show, Enjoy: https://soundcloud.com/the-storytelling-show/joy

Have a wonderful afternoon!

Its Chris! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 20, 2015 #Vancouver #dtes

I met Chris in a DTES ally while doing a Jump for Joy photo shoot.. we asked him to join in and he happily stopped what he was doing to share his jumping joy. Another fun pic for the wall of JOY!

Have a wonderful day!

Challenge yourself to be who you know you are capable of being… @marcandangel #quote #beyou #jumpforjoy

“Challenge yourself to be who you know you are capable of being. Challenge yourself to follow through – to live what you preach, to walk your talk. Don’t worry about how slowly you feel you’re heading towards your goals, or how many roadblocks you find, or how many detours you’re forced to take. As long as you keep doing your thing, you’re still cruising far ahead of everyone who’s too scared to even try.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life

Its Patrick Smith! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 19, 2015

I met Patrick briefly in the Hastings Community Garden while doing jump shoots with a couple of other people. He was game to jump, so we dis a jump for joy with him too :)

Another shot for the Wall of JOY :)

Have a wonderful day!

you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles… #quote #success #joy #jumpforjoy

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” – Helen Keller

Dunya, Kyle and Ella #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! #family #jumpforjoy #fun #love

ONe of the funnest jump for joy photo shoots to date! When a little girl turns 3 and gets to wear a pretty party dress, hold a bouquet of balloons and jump around in mud on a beach with her mom and dad… just try and top that for a birthday present :)

Amazing day, full of love and joy! Picking a shot for the wall will be the hard part.

Have a fabulous day!

demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act… @TonyRobbins #quote #rewards #jumpforjoy

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins

Fun Friend Group Jump! @celebula #jumpforjoyphoto #Vancouver

These women Erikka Gilmore, Junko O’Hanley, Satara Malloch and Erin Cebula are beautiful, tight nit and fun long time friends. It was really fun to capture this group it was easy to feel the joy in their bond. Happy to share one of the fun pics on the Wall of Joy.. the hard part will be, which one to pick!

Have a fabulous day!

work to build and support what you value and admire… @marcandangel #quote #value #jumpforjoy

“You get more reward from your efforts when they’re applied in a positive direction. So instead of rebelling against what you dislike, work to build and support what you value and admire.” – Marc and Angel hack Life

Its my brother – Kwakwee Baker #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 16, 2015 #Vancouver

This is my brother, Kwakwee. Its pretty amazing to see him jump for joy, when almost 25 years ago doctors told him he may never walk again after a near fatal car accident. But my brother proved to everyone that anything is possible and here he is today, not only walking, but flying :) Proud of him and all he has accomplished and overcome over the years. Another jump of joy for the mural!

Check out his awesome art work: Kwakwee Baker Artist

Have an amazing day!

jump in and scramble through as well as we can… #quote #jumpin #jumpforjoy

“To do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” – 
Robert Cushing

We made it! Thank you to everyone who pitched in – the wall of JOY is going up! #jumpingforjoy #JOY

We did it! Thanks to everyone who shared, emailed, donated, pledged, cheered, texted, liked and jumped. I ended up short 5k but thanks to a temporary loan, I’v passed the $15,000 goal on indiegogo! AND behind the scenes BC Housing has offered to contribute the other half of my total goal! I may also be getting another contribution from the city!!! So I’ve come in right on target with the full amount needed – the wall of joy is going up! Jumping for joy!!!!!! — feeling excited.

A massive and heart felt THANK YOU to everyone who contributed!

A very, very special thank you to BC HOUSING who are contributing half the funds needed to create this work. BC Housing will be contributing $15,000 towards the project! Jumping for JOY!

A heart felt thanks to the following group of people who all made generous contributions on Indiegogo (its not too late, you can still ad funds to the pot). Together we raised just over $10,000 towards the wall of joy! Thank You ALL for helping make this mural possible:

ANONYMOUS – several people chose to remain anonymous (Thank you whoever you are!)

ATIRA WOMENS RESOURCE SOCIETY – without them the project would not exist.

Alice Chen – Export Ventures Group Inc. (EVG)
Alice Ko – Notey
Alyssa Nobriga – Alyssa Nobriga Profesional Life Coach
Amanda
Amanda Rae
Andersens
AR King – www.lwyd.ca
Aubrey Arnason – Aubrey Arnason

Barb Stegemann – Barb Stegemann | Author and Social Business Innovator
Bev Busse
Brandi Leifso – Evelyn Iona Cosmetics

Castellons
Cate Cameron – Cameras 4 Change
Christian Lagerloef
CRios720 (nickname? Thank you whoever you are)
Crystine Booth

Danton Jay & Heather Lynn – Decades After Paris
Deborah Richards

Erin Celebula
Erin Harder – Erin Harder Stylist
Esther Lee

Farida Sharan – School of Natural Medicine USA
Fatboy Collective (nickname? Thank you whoever you are)
Flamenco Andrea

Gabriel Torrado – 4PLAY

Honeybee Henderson

JM Reiche
Janice Antoine
Jason James – Resonance Films
Jesus Parlange – Web Designer & Web Developer

Koshala Basnayake

Lana Bukvic

Maja Aro – Sea to Sky Stunts
Marc Telio Entree Destinations
Mark Busse – Design Professional, Creative Community Activist & Food Fanatic
Melissa Demmers
Michael Robinson

Paula Castellon – Mode Suites Rental Services
Paula Lagerlof
Praveen Varshney – Varshney Capital Corp. a Vancouver Venture Capital Firm

Rachelle Small
Rene Wang
Riaz Meghji – Breakfast Television TEDEx Vancouver
Roland Tanglao – http://rolandtanglao.com/

Sabrina Furminger – Sabrina Furminger
Sally House Miller – The Hit House
Scott Hawthorn
Scott Maxwell – ZAG HeartBeats
Sculpting 1982 (nickname? Thank you whoever you are)
Shella Alwell
Solid Bites (nickname? Thank you whoever you are)
Sylvia Rigakis – sylviarigakis.com

Woodenhenk (nickname? Thank you whoever you are)

And last but not least, a special thanks to an incredibly generous contribution from ZAG HeartBeats part of the Zend Group owned by my friend Steve Curtis.

The joy from the mural will be felt by hundreds of people, all around the world. JUMP FOR JOY!!!

And now the real work begins! :)

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it… #quote #beginit #dreamit #doit

“…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – William Hutchinson Murray

The final count down… less than 17 hrs to help create a massive wall of JOY #jumpforjoy #Vancouver

This is Anne. We had a fun little adventure creating her jump for joy photo in East Van… another joy-filled capture for the massive wall of joy :)

It’s now down to the last few hours to pitch in and help to create a massive wall of JOY. It will be located in Vancouver’s DTES side, but the energy of over 200 people jumping for joy will spread out around the world. Please make a pledge, help cover the costs of this beautiful, heart felt work.

MAKE A JOY-FULL CONTRIBUTION FOR THE CREATION OF THE JUMP FOR JOY MURAL HERE

Have a fantastic day!

Eyoalha Baker Interviewed about Jump for Joy Mural by @LeighKjekstad Unfiltered @globalbc #Vancouver #mural #jumpforjoy

Eyoalha Baker Interviewed about Jump for Joy Mural by Leigh Kjekstad on Unfiltered 2015

Eyoalha Baker Interviewed about Jump for Joy Mural by Leigh Kjekstad on Unfiltered 2015

http://globalnews.ca/video/2104908/downtown-eastside-mural-replacement

Today is the last full day to make a contribution on my Indiegogo fundraiser for the mural. Please help me spread JOY around the world. Make your pledge of any amount here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/x/53648#/story

donate your life to what you love and what moves you and brings you joy… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“Yes, it’s a risk to donate your life to what you love and what moves you and brings you joy, but it’s absolutely worth it, because having a comfortable and predictable life pales in comparison to feeling deeply, passionately alive and meeting each new day with fresh eyes and an open heart. Honor this life that is trying to express itself in and as and through you. You are not nearly as limited as you may have been led to believe by those who have not yet come alive.” – Jeff Foster

It’s @JohnnysPops #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 13, 2015 #Vancouver

Johnny and I had a little jumping joy adventure wandering through an industrial area near Crab Park in the DTES. Beauty can be found everywhere, especially when jumping for joy :)

Johnnys jump will be going up on the wall of JOY!

Find out more about the massive wall of joy, and how you can help: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Have a fantastic day!

Speaking with @jodyvance + @riazmeghji on @BT_Vancouver about creating a massive wall of JOY #vancouver

This is it! The last full day to contribute to the jump for joy photo mural. There are now only 41 hours left in the fundraising campaign.

PLEDGE HERE TO HELP CREATE A MASSIVE WALL OF JUMPING JOY

Thank you for taking part in creating and spreading JOY around the world :)

Super fun group #jumpforjoyphoto ATTEMPT w camera timer @MarkBusse

If you are ever in need of a really good laugh and an energy boost.. try this: Get a group of fun people together, prop up your camera, set the timer.. and JUMP around. We video taped our attempt and its quite hilarious, we made need some practice to get the timing right. In this fun group jump attempt video / photo is Mark Busse, Andrea Busse, Claudio De Los Rios, Sylvia Rigakis and myself, Eyoalha Baker.

We never actually all made it up at the same time, but luckily Mark Busse is a photoshop wizard and he created an image of all of us up at once – see the finished product below the video :)

Photo by Eyoälha Baker and Mark Busse www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photo by Eyoälha Baker and Mark Busse http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

This is it! The last day to help create the jump for joy photo mural! Help spread the beautiful and fun energy of joy, pledge here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural

Thank you for helping create this joy-full work!

Charlene Ellen is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @AlanoEdzerza #jumpforjoyphoto

The lovely miss Charlene wearing designs by Native artist Alano Edzerza. A little brightness and joy for your day :)

Getting down to the last couple of days of fundraising for the Jump for Joy Photo Mural. I need your help to make it happen. Imagine the effects of a massive wall filled with over 200 people jumping for joy on the hundreds of people passing by and sharing on social media. This wall of joy is for everyone, including you. Please make a small contribution and help make it happen.

Help spread joy around the world:
www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Thank you for your help and have an amazing day!

It’s John Hodgson #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 10, 2015 #Vancouver

John is a music man. Many years in the music business and his love for performance show through in his awesome jumps of joy. Another fun photo for the massive wall of joy!

Only 5 days left to raise the remaining funds to create the Wall of JOY! Please help spread this beautiful, joyful energy around the world. Make a pledge of any amount here.

Have an amazing day!

It’s Kirstine Fuhrman #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @FreeOfViolence July 9, 2015 #vancouver

Kirstine did her jump for joy on one of Vancouver’s sweltering hot summer day’s in Blood Ally, Gastown. One more pic for the massive wall of joy :)

So, I have less than 6 days to raise $9,700 … help me prove that anything is possible! If 200 people can pitch in $50 each this goal will be surpassed.

This is the link, please, if you are able, make a pledge. Help spread massive joy out into the world: http://igg.me/at/Lc-KC54o76I/x/53648

Have a wonderful day!

Spreading jumping joy w @jodyvance + @riazmeghji on @BT_Vancouver #jumpforjoyphoto #mural

Breakfast Televison City TV with Jody Vance and Riaz Meghji

Breakfast Televison City TV with Jody Vance and Riaz Meghji

http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/

Last chance to help create this wall of over 200 people jumping for joy: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Have an amazing day!

David Wood is the #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @FreeOfViolence July 8, 2015

I stopped in to one of the SRO’s run by Atria Womens Resource Society to see if anyone wanted to jump for joy with me and I met David. David was happily moping and cleaning and loved that his photos would be up on the wall making hundreds of passers by smile. This ones going up on the wall for sure :)

Its the last week for me to raise funds to create the massive wall of jumping joy, if you are moved by my work, please make a pledge of any amount and help spread joy around the world: www.indiegogo.com/projects/vancouver-jump-for-joy-photo-mural/

Hvae an amazing day!

sail away from safe harbour… #quote #expore #dream #discover #jumpforjoy

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

It’s Gloria Akaya! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! @FreeOfViolence #Vancouver

Gloria is joy. She works at Atira Women’s Resource Society and has wonderful energy and Im happy she took the time to jump for joy with me so I can ad it to the massive wall of joy :)

ONE WEEK LEFT!!

I am now in the final stretch of the fundraising campaign to raise money to make the Jump for Joy Photo Mural. I really need your help to make it happen. Please help me create a massive wall of jumping joy and spread joy around the world :)

If you are able to make a pledge of any amount and share it with others who might like to contribute, I would be greatly appreciative: http://igg.me/at/Lc-KC54o76I/x/53648

Have a wonderful day!

Todays #jumpforjoyphoto Shayna Keesic! @FreeOfViolence #joy #Vancouver #mural

The lovely Miss Shayna jumping for joy on a beautiful, hot sunny day in Vancouver. I met her at one of the SRO’s run by Atira Women’s Resource Society. We got a couple of great shots so choosing one for the mural will be tough :)

We are down to the last 10 days of the fundraising campaign.. please take a moment to read about the massive wall of joy and contribute if you feel moved by the work.

Have a wonderful day!

Joy is the highest energy of all… #quote #joy #jumpforjoy

“Joy is the highest energy of all. It’s the magical sense that everything is possible. Joy springs from appreciating the gifts within each moment. Joy allows you to attract and create your present and future moments at their highest possible levels.” – Doreen Virtue

Its Jose and Tania ! #jumpforjoyphoto of the day! July 4, 2014 #Vancouver #jump #mural

I met Jose at the Arco building – location for the 18,000 sq ft Jump for Joy mural. He and his wife Tania, came and did some jumping around at a near by park. Fantastic jumps! This will be one that goes up on the massive wall of joy :)

Im still raising funds to complete the mural, please take a look at the Indidegogo page and make a pledge of any amount to help spread massive joy around the world!

Have an amazing day!

never lose sight of the reason for the journey… #quote #journey #fly #jumpforjoy

“We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”― Gloria Gaither

Todays Jumpforjoyphoto is Jenna! July 3, 2015 @FreeOfViolence #joy

I met Jenna at the Arco building which is an SRO run by Atira Womens Resource Society (location for the Jump for Joy photo mural I am creating). We went to this park a few blocks away and got some really amazing jump pics :) Can’t wait to post this one to the wall.

Im in the final count down for raising the fund to create this massive wall of joy, if you feel moved by the joy expressed in my images, please take a moment to help spread massive joy around the world. A pledge of any amount will help make it happen.

Have a wonderful day!