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!

Support what you value and admire @FreeOfViolence #jumpforjoyphotoproject

Photo of Janice Abbot, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo project

Photo of Janice Abbot, CEO of Atira Womens Resource Society by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo project

“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

Janice Abbott is a woman I admire and respect. She is the Founder and CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society, which is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct service, as well as working to increase awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men’s violence against women and children.

If it weren’t for the support of Janice and all the amazing people who work at Atira, the Wall of Joy Mural may never have been created but more importantly the work they do in the community is vital. People have homes, are safe and eat because they took the time to build what was needed.

There will always be difficult situations in life, the perspective and actions we take make all the difference. Thank you to people like Janice, who do what needs to be done.

Happy to celebrate wonderful people doing good:)

7 Tips for Awesome Jumping Photos – Guest post by Laura O’Donnell

Jumping photo of Eyoalha  Baker by Lilou Mace

Jumping photo of Eyoalha Baker by Lilou Mace

People often ask me for tips on taking jumping photos… Im usually having so much fun, giggling and laughing that I don’t pay attention to anything but playing around to get the shot. Luckily, Laura O’Donnell has submitted this wonderful post with lots of great tips on how to get a capture a beautiful jumping shot (while giggling and having fun at the same time):) I hope you will feel inspired to go out and do some jumping photos!

Have a great day – Eyoalha

Enjoy the article!

7 Tips for Awesome Jumping Photos
Guest post by Laura O’Donnell

Many people have cameras in their phones today, and taking pictures of every interesting thing has become more and more common. With so many more opportunities to capture the joyful moments of our lives with photographs and utilizing digital picture frames, the desire to create something beautiful, beyond the general pose and smile type of picture has given rise to more action photos, in particular jumping photos.

Jumping photos are fun and have been around for quite a long time. There’s just something inherently joyful about someone jumping into the air, especially if the photographer can give the impression of flight, of the person in the picture becoming untethered from the Earth. That carefree kind of action can capture something truly special in an individual.

A great jumping photo should capture the unique essence of who you are. Here are a few pointers you might consider if you want to take some jumping photos that really show your subject in a new light.

Remind The Jumper to Relax

One reason jumping photos are so great is that they cause people to be fully present in the moment. While someone is jumping up and down, they’re not thinking about how they’re going to look, or about the concerns of the moment – they’re just concentrating on jumping. A great jumping photo doesn’t have to take a lot of effort, the freer and looser the person is, the better the photo will be – remind them to relax before jumping, or better yet, get them to laugh… this is part of the fun.

Go Low

One of the best things you can do when taking a jumping photo is to take it from a low vantage point. The lower you go, the higher the jump is going to look in the final picture. It really gives a dramatic look to the composition.

Stay Close

While you’re getting low, stay close to the subject. Naturally, you don’t want to get too close to a jumping person… but being close up does give the picture a dramatic look. You’ll be able to see little details that give the final photo the impression of motion, or of floating. Remember to frame your photo and take it at the proper time to avoid cutting the subject’s head out of the picture😉

One of the best things about going from film to digital is that your pictures are essentially unlimited. So, you can take dozens of shots, then delete the ones you don’t like, and keep going until your jumper is tired of jumping (and laughing), or you have a shot you are happy with.

Press (or Unpress) the Button

Remember that there is often a lag between when you push the button and when the photo is taken, so do what you can to get the timing right. If your camera comes with an action or sports setting, use that.

Cell phone users should note that the picture is taken when you take your finger off the button, not when you push it. So, get your position set up, hold down the button, then release it at just the right moment. You’ll get less of a pause until the camera actually starts taking photos. Timing is everything.. that being said, sometimes the outtakes are the most interesting ones.

Count Down

Counting down is absolutely necessary to keep you and your jumper on the same page, so you’re ready when they jump. It will probably take a little practice, but it will be worth the time. You can count down from three, so your jumper knows exactly when to jump. That way, the subject will be totally focused on the jumping, and you will be totally focused on taking photos of the jumping. 1 – 2 – 3 – GO!

*** A little about our guest post writer ***

Laura O’Donnell writes smart content on behalf of the digital photo frame gurus at Nixplay. As an avid writer and learner, she loves to use her skills for engaging others in important topics in creative and effective ways. When she is not working, she loves meeting new people, traveling, and bringing her Pinterest dreams to life. Find her on LinkedIn.

– Edits have been made to the article by Eyoalha Baker –

Choosing to feel + share joy, the jump for joy journey so far @eyoalha @tedxeastvan

Eyoalha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project on the TedXEastVan stage. April 23, 2016

Eyoalha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project on the TedXEastVan stage. April 23, 2016

“Everything you do has an impact. Who you are – that you are – actually matters. In an interconnected world (the only kind we have), our actions and the actions of others are inextricably linked- we are always and forever in a dance of mutual influence with those with whom we directly and indirectly participate. It is the unavoidable reality of being social creatures, only magnified by an ever-increasingly complex and interwoven societal structure. We matter to each other.” – Paul Greiner

The decision to make feeling and sharing joy a priority in my life, has shown me just how interconnected we are. Last night I was honoured to share the TEDXEASTVAN stage with 12 amazing human beings who making an impact on the world by sharing who they are through their ideas.

What an amazing joy journey this has been so far… I am excited to turn the next page.

If you were not able to be at our live presentation last night, not to worry, it will be edited and ready to share in about a month:)

Thank you for following along.

Have a wonderful day!!

Eyoalha

Be passionate, fall madly in love with life… #jumpforjoy to celebrate it all

“Be passionate, fall madly in love with life. Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you.” … “Offer yourself to the world — your energies, your gifts, your visions, your heart — with open-hearted generosity.” – Parker Palmer

Jump for joy photos by Eyoalha Baker

Jump for joy photos by Eyoalha Baker

Today is just another day to celebrate all that makes your life and the world wonderful:) Happy Earth Day!

The perspective we take and how we see and experience the world will be reflected back to us, be aware of your thoughts today, and how are you approaching your life.

Much love to you – Eyoalha

The magical sense that everything is possible… make me want to #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

Share joy! Photo by Eyoalha Baker

Share joy! Photo by Eyoalha Baker

One of the reasons I love the powerful energy of joy… when you can tap into it, you really do feel like anything is possible. In the times that I’ve felt most joyful, my world feels magical and alive.. jumping around and doing jumping photos, reminds me of that, it loosens me up, gets me silly and brings me back to that state. Give it a try, jump for joy… at the very least, you will giggle at yourself in the photos:)

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

I started to feel an exhilarating sensation… #jumpforjoyphotoproject

Barbara Tili jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Barbara Tili jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Barbara Tili came out to jump around and spread a little joy with me and we had a really fun time. I loved watching her open up and get more playful with every jump:)

A few questions to get to know Barbara….

Q: What inspired you to want to jump for joy?
A:​ I loved your project since I’ve first heard of it few years ago, so when we met it just came out so natural… of course I was going to jump for you!😉

Q. Your jump for joy experience?
A:​ It felt a bit strange at the beginning, like I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to…jump (?)​… But then the more we took photos the more I started to feel an exhilarating sensation… like the inner child had finally found something very appropriate to do! When we finished it felt like… no… have we done already?

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:​ ​The feeling of joy is a very high vibration of energy, you cannot contain a smile even if you try. It feels like a stream of very fresh air.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:​ Photography and Architecture. I’m a trained architect but photography makes me look at architecture in an all other way. It makes me feel more connected with the original idea of why I’ve studied it​ in the first place, photography makes me see the noble side of architecture. It makes me experience the built environment in a more intimate way. (this may sound weird in english…..feel free to change if needed…)

Q: Your driving force?
A:​ My driving force is inspiration. From every little thing in life or interaction with people. I feel that in order to function well, we need to feel inspired every day by what is around us.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:​ ​It is important to never stop learning, wether it is our own profession or exploring new directions. I believe in not being afraid to discover who we really are and what is our true journey in life and doing all we can to follow that path. Because it is only when you are on that path that you feel you have arrived home.

Q: If you could do anything in the world?
A:​ I would love to use my photography to document what good architecture can do in developing countries. It is in my list of goals for the next years.​

Q: What are you working on?
A:​ I’m specializing in architectural and interior photography, and have a bit of obsession with geometry and patterns, most of my photography is a collection of shapes and form. www.barbaratili.com

Q: Something special you would like to share.
A:​ Exactly 1 year ago I decided that inspiration was something that I wanted in my life, every single day. I didn’t expect that so much would have changed after this decision, I’m a very different person from whom I was then, and I’m also turning 40 this year….the best time in life to celebrate change and new directions!

You can follow her work at:

Instagram:​ @barbaratili
Webpage: www.barbaratili.com

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, Eyoalha:)

Recognize how good things really are :) @KateDuncanDesig

Kate Duncan

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves 
to recognize how good things really are.” 
- Marianne Williamson

Kate Duncan came out to play!

Taking a few minutes out of a busy day full of deadlines to jump around and share joy, make you remember… just how good things really are:)

Kate designs the most beautiful, handmade furniture… check this out: www.kateduncan.ca

and, follow her work on all the good stuff:

Twitter: @KateDuncanDesig

Instagram: @duncankate

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

It’s a little weird. …and then I would have jumped all day @hotartwetcity

Chris Bentzen of Hot Art Wet City jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Chris Bentzen of Hot Art Wet City jump for joy photo by Eyoalha Baker

Making art, with art.

Chris Bentzen kindly came out to jump around with me in the glorious sunshine. I found this great mural in a lane way off of 8th and Main Street in Vancouver and thought it would be fun to play around with it (I’d love to credit this artist, so if you know who made it please let me know).

I love how Chris became part of the mural and is so effortfully suspended in the air. Light and fun.

Mini interview with Chris:

Q: What inspired you to come out and jump for joy?
A: Why not! (I have a tendency to say yes when a photographer asks to take my picture)

Q. Your Jump for Joy experience?
A: It’s a little weird. It did take me a few jumps to feel comfortable and then I would have jumped all day.

Q: Your driving?
A: I’ll let you know when I figure that out. Always trying to find a new challenge.

Q: Your philosophy?
A: Unfortunately it’s the Nike slogan: just do it! I try not to worry to much if it something is going to success or fail but at least I tried.

Q: What are you working on?
A: Always the gallery… hotartwetcity.com

Pleas support art! follow Chris Bentzen on all the links to get to know him a little better:)

Twitter: @hotartwetcity
Instagram @hotartwetcity

FB: hotartwetcity

Have a wonderful day!

Whatever you can dream, do it… do it now :) #jumpforjoyphotoproject

Jump for joy photo collage by Eyoalha Baker

Jump for joy photo collage by Eyoalha Baker

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that 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 favor 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 Hutchison Murray

The Tedxeastvan speakers - April 23, 2016 in Vancouver, BC Canada

The Tedxeastvan speakers – April 23, 2016 in Vancouver, BC Canada

When I started out with the Jump for Joy Photo Project in 2012, I hoped that I would be able to spread joy around the world with my photos. Since then the journey has been full of many beautiful heart opening experiences and opportunities. In a few weeks I have the honour of being one of 12 speakers presenting at TedxEastVan. This is an exciting challenge for me to get up on stage and overcome my stage fright and Im looking forward to sharing some of my experiences along my journey and why I have been so committed to keep going with this project even through the rough patches and hard times:)

I would love to see some friendly faces out in the crowd so hope you can make it out to cheer us on, on April 23, 2016.

Thank you for following along my journey and for your ongoing support with this project so far.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Have faith, everything will be ok :) #jumpforphoto

“Faith is power. It changes your life by changing you. It places you on a different ground of being within yourself. It gives you a confidence based on something that’s in you but not of you, that can do for you what you can’t do for yourself … … and lifts you to positivity, which attracts more positive outcomes. Where we put our faith literally and directly influences what happens next.” – Marianne Williamson

Have faith, everything will be ok.

I’m feeling really excited today. The sun is shining, it’s getting warm in Vancouver and after hibernating most of the winter, I feel like I am blooming along with the flowers. I’ve just set up several jumping photo shoots over the next week and looking forward to getting back into spreading new joyful photos with you.

I have faith that all will go well and whatever happens next, will be wonderful:)

Have a great day!

Much love, Eyoalha

Joy feels even better when shared :) @celebula #jumpforjoyphoto

Friends! Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Friends! Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Joy feels even better when shared:) This gang was a blast to shoot, thanks for pulling all your friends together for these fun shots. The joy was felt and still being shared.

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, eyoalha

Thanks to dreamers @marketing_girl + @SocialBites, @DinnerPartyYVR exists :) we have another reason to jump for joy

Annika Reinhardt + Crystal Henrickson Jump for Joy  Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Annika Reinhardt + Crystal Henrickson Jump for Joy
Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” — Edmund Lee

These two. I love good people who do good things in the world, inspired from the passions of what they love. What a fun day we had together making these fun photos, and of course we had to do few jumps for joy to round up the day.

Annika and Crystal are the brilliant creators of Social Bites, Talent Collective and Dinner Party YVR. Everything about what they do is fun and serves a greater purpose. I love being around people who dream up great ideas, then go out and do great things in the world.

Right now, I’m so excited about the Dinner Party YVR. Its such a brilliant idea. They have hobby chefs cook their favourite foods, open their homes and invite strangers to share the meals with them… all the proceeds then go to support local charities. I love this! You get to meet new friends, eat good food and help people all in one night:) I love that they dreamed this up, it makes me want to jump for joy!

If you live in Vancouver, they still have space at some of the dinners taking place on April 9th.. check them out: http://dinnerpartyyvr.com/meals/

Annika and Crystal Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Annika and Crystal
Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Joy heals our wounds, inspires us to greatness, and fills our soul.

Laura Vancolen Jump for Joy  Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Laura Vancolen Jump for Joy
Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Joy is what makes life beautiful. It’s what gets us through challenges and allows light in to illuminate the shadows. Joy heals our wounds, inspires us to greatness, and fills our souls with goodness.” – Meimei Fox

Yesterday I received a call from Laura asking if she could take part and jump for joy in my project. I had never met her before and asked her what had inspired her to want to take part. She openly and vulnerably shared with me that she is going through drug detox. She is making some major life changes so she can get clean and get her 3 year old daughter back from Child Services. She said that one of the things she likes to do with her daughter on her visits is to look at the people jumping in the Wall of Joy and try to pick out people they know (some of the women who live in the neighbouring SRO where she lives are in the mural). She thought it would be fun to be in the mural and have her daughter be able to find her there. The mural project is done, but Im still doing jumping photos so we planned to meet up today in the beautiful spring sunshine to do her jump for joy photos.

When we met, we hit it off immediately. She loves the arts, writes poetry, paints, sings and makes dream catchers. As she told me all about her life living on the streets, her drug addiction and some of the struggles she has been though in her life. She has a very strong determination to get clean and be with her daughter again.

I admire her strength and courage thought this difficult time. In many ways doing these jumping photos was like a rebirth for her, the start of a new beginning. She is bright, creative and has such great ideas for improving the world. She has many challenges to overcome, but I believe in her and know she will do whatever she sets her mind to.

When I asked her how she felt doing the jumping photos, she said that at first she was a little nervous because she wasn’t sure what she should do, but then after a couple of jumps, it made her feel happy and free:) I think these feelings are a good start in the right direction.

Surprise yourself, welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity

JR - Jump for Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

JR – Jump for Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com



“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”
– Henri Nouwen

When I began approaching people who live in SRO’s (single room occupancies / low income residences), or on the street in the DTES of Vancouver to do jumping photos for my project. I was surprised by the willingness and openness of people who are struggling with all kinds of barriers and struggles in their lives including hunger, homelessness, drug addiction, abuse and mental illness. JR was one of those people who surprised me, he lives in the Arco Hotel which is the building I made the Wall of Joy mural on. He seemed very shy and withdrawn, but when I asked him if he would like to jump for joy for my project – he said yes:) He liked the idea of spreading joy around the world and wanted to take part. This really warmed my heart, and reminded me not to make judgements based on perceived appearances and gave me the opportunity to celebrate more fully in our shared humanity.

Look out for moments that surprise you, and cherish what they reflect back to you about yourself, and humanity.

Much love,

Eyoalha

Holding to the vision and making the world better @evelyniona

Brandi Liefso, CEO of EvlynIona Cosmetics. Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Brandi Liefso, CEO of EvlynIona Cosmetics. Jump for joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com



“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

This is Brandi Leifso, CEO of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics. I am such a huge fan of this amazing human being. Brandi has overcome great obstacles in her own life, and on the path to creating this socially conscious company. Yet her beautiful and determined heart keeps her going and holds her strong while creating her vision, despite the many obstacles and difficulties she has encountered along the way.

A little Q + A with Brandi

Q: What inspires you in life?
A: The ability to make someones life better.

Q: What is/are your greatest passion(s) in life?
A: Paying it forward is my greatest passion – it gives me that same kind of feeling jumping for joy does:) I also have a passion for food & traveling.

Q: What is your driving force in life?
A: The unknown and the challenge of accomplishing your wildest dreams.

Q: What is your philosophy in life?
A: Work hard and be nice to people.

Not only are her organic, cruelty free products good for you, they are also good for the women in our communities. Women in need of the support and camaraderie of other women. $1 from every Evelyn Iona product you buy is donated to friends at YWCA Canada. YWCA is an organization dedicated to helping nearly 25 million women and girls, per year, flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance their skills and develop confidence.

This is not meant to be a sales pitch, I am just so darn proud of Brandi, all she has accomplished, and how she intentionally created a business that helps other women flourish. She has literally set up her company in a way that her success, supports others to succeed as well. She is an inspiration and it makes me want to jump for joy that people like her exist in the world.

Feeling inspired to do better by people like Brandi. Thanks for being you Brandi❤

Much love –

Eyoalha

What propels you forward each and everyday? @ashleighmcivor @D6MERIT

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit Jumping Joy Photo by Eyoälha Baker for http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Passion is defined as having or being compelled by intense emotion; a strong fondness or enthusiasm. It is a stirring within that possesses your being in a euphoric manner, creating a feeling of connectedness with yourself and an assurance that you are following your life’s path. It is what propels you forward each and everyday, each and every moment, and gives you the strength to pursue all that inspires you.”http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Passion-in-Life

When I think of passionate people with strength to pursue what inspires them… these two are a perfect example. I first discovered Jay DeMerit (ex-pro soccer player, and played in the world cup, entrepreneur) watching his talk at TedxVancouver. I was so impressed and inspired by the story he shared, by his incredibly positive energy and uplifting attitude that I immediately contacted him to ask if I could feature him in the Jump for Joy photo project. He not only said yes, he also brought his amazing wife Ashleigh McIvor-DeMerit, who just so happens to be an Olympic Gold Medalist!

When you hear the stories of determination and passion to reach a goal… or even better, following your life’s path, from two amazing people like this, it really does make you want to jump for joy.

Thank you Jay and Ashleigh, for reminding me that anything is possible.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Keep going… dreams do come true – Jump for Joy!

ErinMcMorrow

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

Action. Taking action is all part of the fun of creating ideas into reality. Without taking action, even the smallest little steps – or leaps – towards what you want, a dream will just stay a dream.

Right now, I am dreaming about making a Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Book about my experiences of creating massive murals with hundreds of people jumping for joy around Vancouver. The murals were made in an area of Vancouver where you would least expect people to be jumping for joy. Creating the murals had way more impact than I even imagined, both on me and on the people in this neighbourhood.

This area has a high percentage of homelessness, poverty, struggling with drug addiction, abuse and mental illness. Creating these mural gave me the opportunity to interact and get to know a lot of these people who actually became the biggest fans and supporters of the murals. It felt humbling to realize that after years of passing by people on the street and feeling sad and helpless, that public art with my joyful images, really did inspire joy and brought people from all walks of life together. The experience opened my heart and has made me fall in love with the neighbourhood and I would love to continue to share the joy, long after the murals have disappeared.

This experience was not a planned part of my original dream but has created a new path for accomplishing what I had set out to do. Simply by saying yes to an opportunity and taking action to make it happen has provided a new outlet for sharing joy around the world.

Part of my steps towards creating this book, is to get some feedback from you. I have created a questionnaire and would love your feedback: VANCOUVER JUMP FOR JOY BOOK QUESTIONNAIRE The more feedback I can get, the more I will know what steps to take to make this dream come true. So please forward this questionnaire on.

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoälha

Sharing joy, the jumping beauty of Meg Taylor @freeofviolence

Meg Taylor jumps for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Meg Taylor jumps for joy! Photo by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart. Be the one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton

I loved the beautiful energy of Meg. When I was out scouting around for people in the DTES to take part in the second Jump for Joy mural, and she hopped in right away:) Unfortunately on the day I was working on the mural and about to paste her 6 ft poster to that wall, a big gust of wind came, crumpled the glue covered poster and it fell to pieces out of my hands. Her jumping pic never made it into the Wall of Joy mural (which is also, crumbling down and being removed very soon), but I love this photo of her and Im happy to share here and uplift you all with her energy. Im looking into a new art projects to make with the photos to keep on spreading the joy with my friends in the DTES.

Have a wonderful day!

Much love, Eyoälha

Word of the week: Joie!

CBC - Word of the Day: Joie! Jump for joy Photo Project

CBC – Word of the Day: Joie! Jump for joy Photo Project

I love this sweet article written By C’est la vie host Bernard St-Laurent and Word Lady Johanne Blais for CBC Radio called Word of the Week: JOIE!

Its basically a little French lesson in joyful French phrases …

Sauter de joie : To jump for joy
J’ai sauté de joie : I jumped for joy
Quand aurons-nous la joie de vous revoir? : When shall we have the pleasure of seeing you again?
Les joies de l’hiver : The joys of winter
L’Hymne à la joie : The Ode to Joy
Y’a d’la joie : (A song by Charles Trenet) There is Joy
>>>> to read the entire article follow this link:www.cbc.ca/radio/cestlavie/word/word-of-the-week-joie-1.2963553#

Founder of Jump for Joy Photo Project Speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

Eyoälha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

Eyoälha Baker, Founder of the Jump for Joy Photo Project speaking at TedXEastVan April 23, 2016

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

I’m excited to share that I will be one of the speakers at TedXEastVan on April 23rd, 2016!

“Dear Eyoalha –

Congratulations! TEDxEastVan would like to extend a formal invitation to you to speak at the event on April 23rd, 2016. We think that you have an idea worth spreading and would love for you to share it live on stage….” – TedXEastVan

It’s been an amazing learning experience, on many so many levels, creating and building the Jump for Joy photo project over that past few years. It all started out as a simple idea: To feel and share joy around the world with photos of people jumping for joy.

This simple intention has grown and morphed in ways I hadn’t even imagined when I set out on this journey. Creating images with people that touch others on an emotional level, creating massive mural projects that brought people from all walks of life together; all with the intention to uplift ourselves and others through the energy of joy, has been the most gratifying and heart opening experience of my life (so far).

In many ways I feel like I’m just at the beginning, at the tip of the ice burg and Im only now, after several years of jumping photos, starting to tap into the potential of what I can achieve with this project.

Many of you have been following along from the start and I appreciate your continued support. I’m honoured that I have the opportunity to share my experiences on the TedXEastVan stage and hope those of you who can, will join us to hear our ideas..

Have an amazing day!

Much love, Eyoälha

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

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

THRIVE studio creates community for Vancouver artists

I will be presenting an Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studios on March 30th, read about the drive behind Thrive Studios in this Loose Lips Magazine write up.

By Alli Hayes
@allihayes16

Jamie Smith opens the door to THRIVE art studio, revealing its oak wood floors, succulents resting cozily between artwork and paintbrushes, and bright windows that overlook the buzzing heart of Mount Pleasant. After walking into the serene setting of THRIVE, it’s no shock that this serene space is a product of positive inspiration of Vancouver’s artist community, in particular the female mavericks.

“THRIVE is trying to foster this supportive community for females that can then push out work that shows that it’s full and rich; it’s a place for female artists to meet, connect, and learn from one another,” explains Smith.

“I do feel that women artists operate differently, and this studio can offer as a place to go once a month just to check in and keep going, which I know I need.”

Smith’s talents are multi-faceted, with a background in fine arts and a…

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Inspired by a greater purpose – feeling and sharing joy

Jumping free in venice, CA.

Jumping free in venice, CA.



“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
– Patanjali

I love this quote. In the moments that I’ve felt most connected, alive and in the flow, I have absolutely been in service to a greater purpose. Its those moments when Im helping others, being goofy / playing around, laughing uncontrollably, creating photos that uplift, and make people feel good about themselves. Its when I hear that art I’ve created has inspired someone, gave them hope, improved their lives in someway or simply made them smile.

If I can create work that inspires joy in others, it expands my own feeling of joy. Its something I feel to my core, to my soul. I’m still not exactly sure how to put into words, but I know that my greater purpose is related to: creating and sharing joy with others through interactive experiences and art, by expanding and opening my heart to what is possible and including others in the process.

I tapped into it while creating the jump for joy photo murals over the past couple of years. When I’m in the creative process, playing and connecting openly and focused on bringing out the potential and greatness of others… something beautiful happens. In those moments I feel pure joy and most connected to myself. I can only describe it as alchemy in action and I’m determined to learn how to live more continuously in this magical state of creation and connection.

Thanks for following along on my journey and helping me share the joy around the world.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Celebrate the joy of being alive, play outside, blossom with the spring

Steve Curtis and Leanne Turner jumping for joy. Photo by Eyoalha Baker

Steve Curtis and Leanne Turner jumping for joy. Photo by Eyoalha Baker

“Life is ephemeral, precious and we should take moments to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. It is not with sadness that we watch the first blossoms emerge or the last blossoms fall, it is with joy, the joy of being alive and aware of our own existence.” – Stuart James W.

Taking a moment out of a busy, hectic day to play in the park reminds us to play and enjoy the precious moments. Steve and Leanne came out to jump for joy with me on one of those crazy buys kind of days and we ended up have some great laughs and these fun photos to appreciate the memories:) The joy of being alive.

Have a wonderful fun filled day!

Eyoalha

In depth interview with Eyoalha Baker, Founder of Jump for Joy Photo Project by James Phu for Global Asian Times

Selfie Jump photo by Eyoalha Baker

Selfie Jump photo by Eyoalha Baker

Global Asian Times interview with Eyoalha Baker Founder of Jump for JOy Photo Project

Global Asian Times interview with Eyoalha Baker Founder of Jump for JOy Photo Project

Jump for Joy founder fights negatives in life with joyful photos. An interview by James Phu

…. Read Entire Article HERE ….

Excerpt from interview:

James Phu: The Jump for Joy project that you started is one of the most beautiful and unique initiatives I have seen in a while. What is the background story behind the Jump for Joy Project?

Eyoälha Baker: We know that images are used as powerful tools of persuasion in business and politics, and I noticed that news and media tend to showcase mainly negative, fear-based images. It got me thinking about how this affects us as a society and how we in turn interact with each other. How does it make us feel as a collective, to see images that depict sad, terrorizing news on a daily basis? In general, it breads fear and distrust. My idea with the Jump for Joy Photo Project is that if societies as whole can be influenced to shut off, and fear each other by negative images, they can also be influenced to open up and be kinder by positive images. I look at it as the group think concept, where people feed off each other’s energy in a group situation, such as a riot, where people who may not normally be destructive get caught up in the situation. The same can be true with an overwhelming sense of joy. If there are mass feelings of joy being felt, people tend to be more open, more helpful, hopeful and want to help each other. So I began taking uplifting, positive images of people jumping for joy, and sharing them around the world. The intention is to help shift some of the negative energy being fed to us….

…. Read Entire Article HERE ….

A brief encounter, a Jump for Joy and sweet momento #jumpforjoyphoto

Jump for Joy photo of Sheila by Eyoalha Baker

Jump for Joy photo of Sheila by Eyoalha Baker

“…look at life with more playful eyes… …Just simply be a human being. The whole world is showering its joy on you in so many ways, but if you are too serious, you cannot open your heart.” — Osho

This was a completely spontaneous Jump for Joy shoot. I met Sheila while looking for people to participate in my last photo mural project called the Wall of Joy mural, in Vancouver’s DTES. When I do Jump for joy photo shoots, I usually take time to meet up with someone in a specific location and do several jumping shots to choose from but this one was a lucky one shot deal. When I told Sheila about my project and asked her to participate, she was vibrant and excited to take part. With one jump we were done and she was happily on her way. It was the only time I met her, but I have this photo as a momento of this brief encounter. I’m happy to have included her photo in the project so she could pass by and see her photo in the mural knowing that her energy would make many passers by smile. Sharing her joyful energy with the world helps uplift us all.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Making mistakes and having fun, all part of the creative process #jumpforjoyphoto

“CREATIVITY IS INVENTING, EXPERIMENTING, GROWING, TAKING RISKS, BREAKING RULES, MAKING MISTAKES AND HAVING FUN.” – Mary Lou Cook

I love this quote, it reminds me to get out and break some rules and make a mess of things. After quite literally hibernating since the fall, Im feeling the pull of spring challenging me to wake up and start growing again. Its definitely time to do some revamping and redirecting with the Jump for Joy Photo Project. I don’t know exactly what that will look like yet, but ready to start fumbling my way through to find out. There are a lot of exciting new things on the horizon which I will begin sharing and promoting over the next few weeks. I hope you will come along for the ride as I look for new ways to grow as I share the incredible uplifting energy of jumping for joy in new ways and formats.

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha

Would you buy a Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo book? Survey says?

Awesome double jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Awesome double jump. Photo by Eyoälha Baker
http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

I’ve had in incredible couple of years doing jumping photos all around Vancouver and eventually creating 2 massive large scale murals. I’ve been thinking about creating a Vancouver Jump for Joy book which includes select jumping photos from around the city, some back story on the project and how I ended up creating murals with the images. These murals were amazing community projects that brought together people from all walks of life in the celebration of create art inspired by sharing joy. I would love to document and continue to share the beauty of this work in book form.

I am really excited about this possibility but books are not cheap to create and there is a lot of work involved in creating a book like this. Before I start the fund-raising process, I need to be sure there is an audience as excited about buying this book as I am about making it and sharing it!:)

A wise man – David Vandas – who may be working on the project with me if it goes forward, suggested that I do a survey to see if anyone is even interested in buying this book – smart thinking!

So… if you have a few mins to fill out this form, your feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your feedback and continued support!

Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio with Eyoalha Baker

Jumping selfie by Eyoalha Baker. Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio.

Jumping selfie by Eyoalha Baker. Artist Talk at Thrive Art Studio.

Excited to be invited to do an artist talk at Thrive Art Studio on March 30th. Its a small intimate space to meet with other artists and creatives. Join us, tickets on sale now and can be purchased here: http://thriveartstudio.com/thrive-talks-2/

Hope to see you there!

Happy love day to all the romantics in the world – Happy Valentines day!

I love that there is a day of the year designated to celebrating romantic love. Not for the consumerism or false expectations built up around romantic love but because I love any opportunity to celebrate love. … romance is really just thoughtful, kind gestures and creative ways of expressing the beauty of your love to someone who holds your heart. Happy love day to all the romantic lovers out there.

Eyoalha the human Valentine :) yay for love! Jump for joy!

Eyoalha the human Valentine:) yay for love! Jump for joy!

Look for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere…

“If you look for reasons to be angry, you’ll find plenty of them. Look instead for reasons to be joyful, and see them everywhere.

This day, this world, the events and people in it will reflect yourself back to you. Give joy, love, respect, understanding, creativity and good cheer, and get back much of the same.

Choose to be hopeful and you’ll find yourself putting your hopeful outlook into action. Almost like magic, you’ll also find yourself connected to others who share your positive perspective.

Even your small corner of the universe is so stuffed full of motion, objects, ideas, events and other stimuli you can’t possibly comprehend it all. Out of limitless possibilities, you choose your outer experiences based on your inner stories.
What kind of stories are you repeating to yourself? Are they stories of fear and despair, or stories of hope, of love, of giving and sharing and achievement?

Your outlook is more than just what you think of the world. It is what you make of the world, of your life, and you have every reason to make it the best you can imagine.” — Ralph Marston

Eyoalha shares her story + process of creating Jump for Joy Photo Project and murals

Eyoalha Baker speaking at Interesting Vancouver about the creation and process of Jump for joy Photo Project and murals.

Life is very interesting… Eyoalha speaks about creating murals and connecting with community

Life is very interesting…

Today, the talk I did about the Jump for Joy Photo Project / murals at Interesting Vancouver was posted. I was incredibly nervous, emotional and fumbled my way through.. but I did it:)

Yesterday, I received a letter from the city letting me know that I have 30 days to repair the mural or it will need to be removed. I may have some funding coming in, and need at least a week of dry weather. I’m asking for an extension in case the funds and money are not in line with the deadline. Will see what happens.

History repeats itself and gives us opportunities for deeper learning and understanding every time. It makes me wonder, maybe the creation of the murals were meant to be temporary and more about the beauty of sharing joy, connecting with people, learning about community and kindness. I’m not sure how this month will play out, I’ll keep on pushing for the repairs but if it doesn’t happen my heart is full with all that the experience creating this work has brought me. I know that either way this is only the beginning of more amazing opportunities to create, connect and experience life in whatever form it takes.

Eyoalha Baker speaking at Interesting Vancouver

Nothing says joy more than kids jumping in the air – enjoy your day, get out and play!

The natural joy filled energy of kids instantly makes me smile. A reminder to not take life so seriously, get out and play a little. Enjoy your day!

Quote of the day: go out and meet it!

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it.” — Thucydides

Quote of the day: To play is to be the bridge…

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.” – the Oaqui

Raising funds for much needed Wall of Joy Mural repairs – keep spreading the joy!

The damage to the mural has become worse in the past month and the repairs will be more extensive than anticipated. Im now looking at a weeks worth of equipment rentals and will need to raise upwards of $5000 just to cover costs.

For the month of December, I served to save up tips towards repairs at Save On Save on Meats. I chose to work at SOM because of the generous work they do with people in need in the DTES (where the mural is located). Im inspired by the work they do. I also love supporting the token program which feeds many people who may not otherwise have food to eat. Hoping to do more work together in the future with this amazing group of people:)

Thank you to all the wonderful people at Save On Meats who welcomed me in, helped me learn the ropes and made me feel like part of the team.

I’m proud to announce that working part time as a server of the month of December I was able to save up $980.60 to wards mural repairs (thanks to some generous tippers and direct donations):)

I still have a few thousand $$$ to raise to make the repairs and am working on finding sponsors to make up the balance. And of course, I’m more than happy to accept direct donations too – email info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com if you would like to contribute:)

Wising you the happiest and joy filled year for 2016!

Much love,

Eyoalha

Serving to Save the Wall of Joy Mural at Save On Meats

For those who’ve asked when I’ll be serving at Save On Meats

I’ll be in tonight! December 11th + 12th from 4pm.

The 14th is the next Greasy Spoon Diner – not to be missed! A fundraising dinner for A Better Life Foundation (buy tickets through the link)

Dec. 17 from 11:30 to close
18+19 from 4pm

I’m serving + saving up ALL MY TIPS towards much needed Wall of Joy mural repairs so please stop in.

Would love to see you, stop by for a visit, some food and drinks:)

Eyoalha selfie jumping photo

Eyoalha selfie jumping photo

Serving up food to raise funds for repairs on the Wall of Joy Mural

Hello folks!

I have a couple more shifts coming up at Save On Meats this weekend December 11 + 12 from 4pm.

Im serving up yummy food and saving ALL MY TIPS over the month of December towards mural repairs.

I wanted to stay connected to the community and interact on a more personal level with people. I appreciate the kind work done at Save On Meats with the token program and the care they give to the community so I’m happy to be part of the team.

Please stop by and I will be happy to serve you up some comfy diner food – the shakes are the best!:)

Hope to see you this weekend… if you can kick in a little extra to help with the mural, even better!

Have a wonderful day!

Eyoalha selfie Jump for joy Photo

Eyoalha selfie Jump for joy Photo

Downtown Eastside Jump for Joy mural needs repairs by Emily Jackson Metro News Vancouver

MetroNews Vancouver - Jump for Joy mural  By Emily Jackson

MetroNews Vancouver – Jump for Joy mural
By Emily Jackson

Metro News Vancouver Eyoalha to serve at Save On Meats to save up for Wall of Joy Mural repairs by Emily Jackson

Metro News Vancouver Eyoalha to serve at Save On Meats to save up for Wall of Joy Mural repairs by Emily Jackson

Thank you Emily Jackson for your wonderful article in Metro News Vancouver about my efforts to save up and fix the Wall of Joy Mural thats been getting a beating from our rainy and stormy Vancouver weather:)

I will serve at Save On Meats for the month of December 2015 and donate all of my tips towards repairs to the mural. You can read the full story HERE – One note… I gave the wrong start date! I will have my first serving shift on Saturday, December 5th from 4pm – please do stop in to say hello, get a bite to eat and pick up some food and clothing tokens for those in need while you’re there:) It just feel good all around!

Hope to see you soon at Save on Meats!

Love this Jump for Joy Pic of Vinnie from last summer in the DTES

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I really like this pic of Vinnie jumping for joy in the Hastings Street Community Garden. When I met him initially, he seemed a bit shy and I actually didn’t think he would want to Jump for Joy when I first approached him. Not only did he agree, he very much wanted to make sure we got a great shot. Lesson learned: You never know until you ask:) In the end, I just love this photo.

Have a wonderful day!

VanCityBuzz helping spread the word – support good in the DTES Community – Jump for JOY!

VanCityBuzz - Jump for Joy Photo Project / Eyoalha to serve @ Save On Meats to save for Wall of Joy repairs

VanCityBuzz – Jump for Joy Photo Project / Eyoalha to serve @ Save On Meats to save for Wall of Joy repairs

The good people at VanCityBuzz have once again shown their support to the DTES community and Jump for Joy Photo Project / Wall of Joy mural. I reached out to let them know that I will be serving at Save On Meats over the month of December and saving ALL MY TIPS to make mural repairs and they are helping spread the word. Read the article HERE.

I will have my first official serving shift on Saturday, December 5th. Please stop by to say hello and I’ll be happy to serve you AND you can also pick up some food / clothing TOKENS for those in need at the same time:) Feels good all around!

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

VanCityBuzz Instagram photo by @Instakram of The Wall of Joy Mural by Eyoalha Baker

Joining an amazing team of people, saving for Wall of Joy Mural repairs and supporting the DTES Community :) Jump for Joy!

Serving up food at Save On Meats to raise funds for Wall of Joy Mural Repairs

Serving up food at Save On Meats to raise funds for Wall of Joy Mural Repairs

For the month of December I will be serving up yummy food, selling food / Clothing Tokens at Save On Meats to raise funds for repairs on the Wall of Joy Mural.

I’ve joined the amazing team at Save On Meats for the month of December 2015 to save up for unanticipated Wall of Joy mural repairs. ALL TIPS I make while serving will go directly towards mural repairs.

Why am I doing this?

The Wall of Joy mural has a very special place in my heart. This project means a lot to people in the community and I want to ensure it will be around for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the wether has drastically started to take its tole and the mural has started to deteriorate at a much faster pace than anticipated. I didn’t want to do another crowd sourcing campaign, I wanted to come up with a fun interactive way to serve the community while raising funds for the repairs. I am a huge fan of the Token program at Save On Meats and all their amazing contributions to the community through A Better Life Foundation.

Last month I volunteered as a server at Save On Meats for their monthly fundraising event that raises funds for A Better Life Foundation called – Greasy Spoon Diner – if you haven’t been to this yet – GO! Its so good!

I had so much fun that was inspired to ask Mark Brand if he would like to collaborate on a serving fundraiser for the Wall of Joy mural repairs over the holidays. He very generously agreed:) So, I’m in training and will be serving for the entire month of December!

ALL MY TIPS will go towards the mural repairs!! Please come in for a meal, a coffee or even just to say hello and leave a little tip for the mural – I will be happy to serve you. AND it gets even better! While you’re enjoying some yummy food, you can also purchase TOKENS for food / clothing for those in need – BEST GIFTS EVER! Hope to see you soon!

If you can’t make it in to the diner when I’m working, you can drop of a donations envelope with Jump for Joy mural written on it and you can also send an email transfer to info@jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Please share this post around on social media and invite your friends for a meal at Save On Meats:)

Thanks for your help and have a great day!:)

Quote: “Adventure is an attitude…”

“Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life – facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential.” — John Amatt

Inspired by the joy of a child – Jump for Joy!

The playful, joy-filled way of children always inspires me and makes me smile. As adults, we have so much to learn and be reminded of when we witness the freedom of a child laughing and playing.

Get out and play today!

Family Jump for Joy at Queen Elizabeth Park

Fun times doing a jump for joy photo shoot with Daria, Scott and Noah. I love Family jumps, so fun!

I don’t normally do that many Jumping shoots in the winter because its too cold and often rainy… but this day was just perfect for jumping around. I had the pleasure of meeting Daria through a speaking a event I did for Interesting Vancouver a few weeks ago. I offered a Jumping Photo Shoot as a door prize and the lovely Doria was the lucky winner! So nice to meet such a great family and share some jumping joy together:)

Have a wonderful day!

Last few days to get tickets and experience an Interesting night in Vancouver :)

I’m very honoured to be included in a speakers line up of some very interesting Vancouverites.

Interesting Vancouver


November 6th will be a really fun night in Vancouver, come join us! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Quote: People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are…

“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in – told they are brave, and smart, and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream – and more. Remind each other of this.”
— Stacey Jean Speer

Another of our Jump For Joy photo contest winners: Joyce Braun

We did a little call out for YOU to submit your own Jump for Joy photo. This one was sent in By Joyce Braun from the East Coast of the United States.

Photo submitted by Joyce Braun

Photo submitted by Joyce Braun

Name: Joyce Braun took the jumping photo of her lovely daughter.

Location: Tobay Beach, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York.

Inspiration for the jump: “My daughter was jumping because it was a BEAUTIFUL day, the beach was empty and she had the day off from school!”

What’s your definition of joy? “I feel joy is a happiness that comes from inside.”

We were so thrilled with the Jump For Joy photo submissions and would love to see more from you. Take a few minutes and do a jump for joy photo shoot with your loved ones and send us your best one!

Extra points for creativity and artistic merit.. have fun and go for it:)

Submit jump for joy photos to: info@jumpforjoyphoto.com


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