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 –

One of our Jump for joy photo contest winners is Grace Lanuza :) Thanks for the sweet photo!

Jump for joy photo contest - Photo sent in by Grace Lanuza

Jump for joy photo contest – Photo sent in by Grace Lanuza

We did a little call out for your own Jump for Joy Photos. It was our first jump for joy photo contest call out and had some really sweet entries, I think we may do this again soon… this Jumping photo sent in all the way from Paris, France by Grace Lanuza was one of our picks.

Thanks for sending in your jumping joy photo and and sharing your inspiration with us. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Name: Grace Lanuza (and friend Holly)

Photo Credit: My camera but a stranger in Paris took it for us! 😉

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Inspiration: This was taken in Paris with my friend Holly. Her and I have been friends for 25 years. I took her on this trip because it was her birthday and it was her first time in Europe ever! We were wearing hockey jerseys because our friend Anais who lives in Paris is a huge Canucks fan and this is a tribute to her.

We had so much fun looking at all the jumping photo entries and would love to see more, keep on sending in your jumping joy – extra points for artistic style and creativity!

Jump For Joy a Poem by Ben Truesdale (Inspired by and dedicated to Jump For Joy! Photo Project)

This morning I received an email from Ben Truesdale who took the time to write a beautiful poems inspired by the Jump for Joy Photo Project. Please take the time to read his lovely work.

Jump For Joy (Inspired by and dedicated to Jump For Joy! Photo Project).

An email from Joe Carlson about the #Vancouver #JumpforJoyPhoto #Mural @eyoalha

I received this touching email yesterday from a fellow named Joe Carlson. I went by to see what had been done…

They did a great job of pasting back pieces that had started to peel off due to water damage…. I am very appreciative of whoever took the time to voluntarily repair the water damaged areas pealing off the wall.

Thank you Amalia and whoever your friends are that did the work…

Joe gave me permission to share his lovely email with you, please take a moment to look through his wonderful photographs here: joecarlsonthroughthelens.com


Hello Eyoalha;

My name is Joe Carlson, at the end of January, I was downtown and found your amazing mural. I ended up at the mural twice in 3 days.I hung around and got some cool shots of your mural, people in the lane and the 2 gentlemen sprucing up your mural.

I posted my photos on Facebook, people were surprised at where the mural was and thought it was a great idea and very cool…

I just thought you would like to know that your work was appreciated.

I did not attach the photos that I took , I thought it would be easier for you to see them at my website: joecarlsonthroughthelens.com

This is what I said on Facebook:

“I was downtown on January 26th to do some street photography and found this mural in a lane off of Main and Pender. I stayed for a while and took some photos of the mural and some people. I saw that it was called the Jump for Joy photo project. I noticed that some of the mural was peeling away from the wall of the building. (this comment will make sense in a moment) I went on line to find out what the project was, this is what it says:

“Completed August 4, 2014: 32 ft high by 114 ft wide Jump for Joy Photo Mural in the lane way of 161 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC Canada. The mural is a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. The photos have been enlarged to 4×4 ft. and printed on 11×17 sheets cut and pasted together, then pasted to the wall.”

On January 28th I was back downtown and was walking by the mural and noticed a workman on a ladder fixing the mural. I spoke to the gentleman holding the ladder and found he was a friend of the person who owned the building. They were there volunteering to do some repairs to the mural. I stayed for a while talking and taking some photos. They were still working when I left. I just thought it was a cool little story that evolved by visiting the same place twice over 3 days. It’s amazing who you meet when wandering and how creative and talented people are….”

Take care, Joe


Thank you joe! 🙂

Guest Post: Finding my Angel Baby By Sabrina Furminger @sabrinarmf @WEVancouver

Im honoured to share this personal and moving guest post written by the lovely Sabrina Furminger about her latest jump for joy experience. Enjoy!

Finding my Angel Baby
By Sabrina Furminger

Much has changed in my life since my first Jump for Joy shoot with Eyoälha. My then almost-3-year-old is now an almost-4-year-old (and, starting next week, a bona fide preschooler, egad). We’ve moved into a bigger space. I’m now penning a film & TV industry column for WE: The Westender.

And in April, I lost a baby.

I’ve been pretty open about my miscarriage (I even wrote an article about it for the Westender less than a month after it happened; (http://www.wevancouver.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/unpregnant-a-miscarriage-story-1.1026058), and without the shackles of shame that come from keeping silent, I think I’ve moved – and am moving – through my grief as well as can be expected.

Not that the miscarriage was on my mind when I arrived at Kits Beach last week for my second shoot with Eyoälha. My thoughts were more about my daughter (would she jump this time around? Would she tire easily and play with rocks instead? The answers, incidentally, would be yes and yes), and about my previous experience jumping with Eyoälha.

That shoot – which occurred in October 2013 – had been wildly successful. I’d surprised myself with my power, and the height and cool shapes I’d been able to achieve thanks to Eyoälha’s tips.

And so we began to shoot that sunny August afternoon, and like that previous shoot, I went for maximum velocity, aiming for height and cool arm shapes.

The result? I wrenched my shoulder and nearly rolled my ankle. I wasn’t in control like I had been last autumn.

I was in danger of getting derailed by frustration. I knew it. Tears of shame gathered behind my eyes and threatened to roll down my cheeks.

“Don’t go for power,” Eyoälha offered gently from where she lay on the sand, the camera obscuring her face. “Try soft. Go for soft. Just be free.”

As I prepared to jump again, my mind took me back to April, and the loss of my pregnancy – and to the ferocious determination I’d put on like armour to move on from the pain, to let it go – and I suddenly realized that what had eluded me was peace.

To that point, my grief had been pushing me forward, as if I’d been running away from it instead of trying to integrate it into my life – and so I jumped again, soft and light as if carried on the breeze, and I thought of the life that had so briefly lived within me, and the connection we’d always have, and when my feet touched the beach again, that feeling was still there.

You can see it in Eyoälha’s photo. You can see it happen: that moment of acceptance and release.

For me, that jump was not as much about joy as it was about leaping for peace.

It’s rather incredible what pools of strength and healing you can find hiding in yourself. You just have to take that first leap.

Thank you, Eyoälha! xo

–Sabrina Furminger

Jump for Joy – a guest blog by Colline Kook-Chun

I came across this wonderful Jump for Joy post written by Colline Kook-Chun and she kindly gave me permission to share it here with you… Enjoy!

Jump for Joy
Posted on Colline’s Blog April 19, 2013 by Colline

Do you ever jump for joy?

When we receive news that makes us feel extremely happy, we feel a wonderful sensation in our bodies. Our faces smile, our heart feels lighter, we feel a sense of achievement. But as adults, we rarely allow that joy to translate into a physical expression of joy: we do not jump, we do not dance – though we may scream out our emotions.

Children represent accurately the expression “jump for joy”. When they experience happiness, they literally do jump. Looking at the body language, you can see what it is they are feeling inside: it spills out from them, infecting those around them. Tell a class of six year olds something that will make them happy, and you have many shouts of “yahoo” and many little bodies expressing their happiness through jumping.

Why do adults restrict their own joy? They are capable of it and I have seen joyful expressions when a favourite sports team have won. (I remember seeing grown men jump for joy when South Africa won the Rugby world cup in 1998). We should tear off the constraints society has placed on us, and express our inner joy. We should dance with joy as David did when he entered the city of Jerusalem in a procession carrying the Ark of the Covenant.

Do you jump for joy? I do not, but I do try to express my joy so that others can see it. Having children has helped me to express my inner feelings.

How do you express your joy?

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Jump) © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Jumping to conclusions, jumping out the window or jumping for joy?

Today I am happy to share this wonderful guest post by Arminda Arsoi, a positive psychotherapy consultant from Romania. Enjoy!

Jumping to conclusions, jumping out the window or jumping for joy?

Jumping for joy, well that’s another story…

I remember when I was a kid jumping like a grasshopper in my parents’ bed. It was so much fun that I didn’t stop till I smashed my head to the side of the bed and cut open my eyebrow.
I gave my parents an adrenaline flood, I gave myself an amnesia and a mark for life. Which I proudly wear now as a proof of my joyful childhood!

I think we all agree that kids are more joyful than adults and they have a better knowledge about what they need to do to get some joy when adults bore them. Science shows that kids smile 400 times per day while most adults smile approximately 20 times a day. When we smile the brain receives signals from the muscles used and encodes the gesture as happiness, which leads to creating authentic feelings of happiness.

I say we should take kids as an example and smile at last 3 times an hour!

What do you think happens when we jump?

In my opinion it’s great to feel you have nothing under your feet, to be a half a meter closer to the sun and sky, to kid yourself you can levitate or fly. Even for only half a second. It surely is spirit lifting for me!

With lack of scientific evidence I dare to advise you to jump for joy at least 3 times a day! 🙂

Research shows that smiles are contagious. When we see someone smiling, we feel like smiling back. And even if we don’t smile back, we have some mico-muscles that move involuntarily. Our brain records the micro-movements and makes us feel happier.

I don’t know what the effects of jumps are, but wouldn’t it be fun to see people jumping on the streets like kangaroos in the wild? It would definitely make my day different! As there’s nothing I hate more than routine, I insist: Let’s jump for a different perspective! Let’s jump for joy!

Arminda Arsoi
positive psychotherapy consultant

Guest Post – excerpt from SPIRIT OF JOY a poem by Sofia Norman

Spirit of Joy

To live and rejoice
To love and make love
To dance and play,
To sing and paint
To walk and wander in simplicity this deep, in a ceaseless awe of life this intense and tender
To run wild with the dance of stillness and motion, of power and flow
(Beauty, beauty, everywhere I look, you I see!)
To dazzle oneself in oneself, over and over again, anew, as oneself as one’s own and only true self – enjoy and explore! (Travel oh travel, more and more, satisfied and thirsty, lacking no more)
Ah!, so many ways there are, to be this one that we are!
Ah!, the diversity of this unity – how sublime in its beauty it is!
To ride, dance, swing, surf
Those waves of life’s desire, of life’s own joy and love for all…” – Sofia Norman

Death and Joy? – Guest blog post by Laurel L. Lewis

I have decided to invite some friends of mine to write guest blog posts with their own perspectives and experiences of JOY.

I think it will be really beautiful to share some different views and relationships to JOY in peoples lives, in the work they choose, and in the art they create. I will post a guest blogger at least once a month to add to the JOY of my site.

My first guest blogger is my dear friend Laurel who is an incredibly beautiful human being doing some very important work in the world, she is bringing to topic of death to the table with a loving and open heart.

Please enjoy her words and check out her links.

Photo of Laurel L. Lewis by Eyoälha Baker www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Photo of Laurel L. Lewis by Eyoälha Baker http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com

Death and Joy?

I’ve been working in the field of death and dying for over 15 years. I’ve seen hundreds of people die and have counseled thousands of families through the dying process.

Some of the most beautiful expressions I have ever had the privilege of witnessing have come around the death bed.

In those final days there is no pretense, no mask, no energy for keeping it together. I get to see someone. I really get to see them. All of them. The fears, doubts, regrets, pain, sadness, confusion. All of that comes up. But I also get to see Joy!

I see faith, courage, reconciliation, love, forgiveness, laughter, connection.
I get to see it all on the deathbed! All of life.

This brings me great joy! It’s a privilege for me to be a witness and to help patients and their loved ones have a more grace filled death and dying process.

Being exposed to death gives me such a rich and clear perspective on this precious life.
I wish everyone could know that Joy!


Laurel L. Lewis
Coach, Consultant, Transition Specialist BSN, RN, MA

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“Life is short…be swift to love, make haste to be kind” ~ Henri Amiel