When spring hits in Vancouver, the city comes to life… it’s a beautiful time to celebrate and get out and play. This is my super hero jump for joy photo :) Enjoying the warm sunny weather… Life is good. Feeling inspired to do more jumps on my own… lets see what I come up with.
This is Marissa. Always full of energy and on the go. She did the most daring jumps of all in these crazy high heals – don’t try this at home! She has been involved in many different causes, including running marathons in Costa Rica to build schools in Ethiopia and community projects with the purpose of getting youth off the streets in the Vancouver Eastside. href=”www.capitalcorefinancial.com” title=”www.capitalcorefinancial.com” target=”_blank”>www.capitalcorefinancial.com
This is Lilou. We met in Kauai, Hawaii a couple of years ago and instantly hit it off. She has incredible energy, and is a pure joy to be around. We had great fun together jumping around. Lilou travels the world interviewing people about everyday wisdom and inspiration on Lilou Mace TV check her out.
Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A: Freeing – while jumping you can’t control all parts of your body and you need to let go. Letting go is so freeing.
This is Lenora Gates. Her jumps were inspired by her love of the outdoors. She is on a mission to create a future without Breast Cancer. She chairs the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation B.C. Yukon region and also sits on the National Board.
Learn more about Lenora’s inspirations and how you can support her work towards eliminating Breast Cancer in her Jump for Joy Feature:http://eepurl.com/bgkz9v
This is Lucy. She is sweetness through and through. Visiting Vancouver from Mexico and nannying while she studies English. I have no doubt her gentle kindness will touch the world in all that she does in her life.
This is Linda. I met her in Beverly Hills, California. I think I chose the most un-Beverly Hills looking backdrop for our shoot and love how these jumps turned out. It looks like Linda is playing with the shadow and you can really feel how much fun we had and can feel her joy. Linda works as a healer, you can check out her work here: www.aliveliving.net
This is Farrah. I met her in Los Angeles. This jump shoot was a special day for me as it was the first day Jump for Joy Photo Project was imagined. After a fun day on the beach doing jump photos together, we sat on her roof top in Venice, California and imagined how wonderful it would be to take Jump for Joy Photos around the world… :)
Farrah gave me a little gift with this note inside which always reminds me that anything is possible:
“There is no need to justify what we are. There is no need to work hard to become what we are not. We just need to return to our integrity, to the way we were before we learned to speak. Perfect. As little children, we are authentic. Only the present time is real for us; we don’t care about the past, and we aren’t worried about the future. We enjoy life; we want to explore and have fun. Nobody teaches us to be that way; we are born that way.” – Don Miguel Ruiz
This is Dani. This was our second jump for joy shoot together. The first was on the top of a mountain in Whistler, this time we hit the streets in her neighbourhood in Railtown / Gastown in the DTES of Vancouver. Dani and I had a blast and did some fun slo-mo video shots too which I will post if I can figure out how to get them off my phone :) Another amazing day of laughing and jumping joy. Lern more about whats happening in this neighbourhood in http://gastowngazette.com/
This is my dear friend Wendy. I am so blessed to have taken many of the photos for her Big Love Ball project and she has introduced me to several of the people featured jumping for joy. As much as I love sharing joy, I also love spreading love.. a perfect combination :)
Take a look through her feature (ignore the repeated answer… my error, I clearly need an editor! ;)http://eepurl.com/6WxCP
This sweet girl is Joslyn. I always love taking photos of kids jumping for joy, its sometimes more challenging getting the timing right because they follow thier own beat – which is so beautiful – and the act of jumping around and being joyful is so present in kids. Always fun.
This is Antonia. I met her at an art exhibition through a friend of a friend, she is a photographer, Art Director and DJ. Our shoot was short and sweet. We got a couple of wonderful shots of her hovering high up in the air beside Lost Lagoon (we chose this location because she loves being in nature) in Vancouver BC Canada :)
This is Mane. Mane was a playful thrill seeker, and looked for the most challenging places to jump. Not surprising that he calls his company Urban Health Warriors his mission? “Our goal is to raise global AWESOME(ness) through playful and process-based health coaching…” – he is a joyful warrior indeed, travelling the world doing acroyoga everywhere he goes :)
This is Michael. Michael is a long time friend and expert jump for joy-er. Kind, thoughtful and considerate, Michael has always been a huge supporter and helped me countless times with the jump for joy photo project. Thanks for helping to spread the joy Michael! :)
This is Holger. Holger is from Germany, I met him though a friend he was visiting in Los Angeles. He was such a creative and spontaneous jumper I could barely catch him between giggling fits. A good laugh always makes my day :)
“Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.” – Psychology Today
I loved this magical shoot in the forest with the talented and creative artist Malorie in her paper dress… it broke apart as she jumped and a paper bird appeared in the shot :) Just beautiful. Check out her Art Magazine to se more of her amazing creations: OPALUS
If you missed it the first time around, check out what inspires Charlie to jump for joy:
Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A: It was really, really fun. There are very few situations where I am encouraged to jump around and i wish there was more… October 6, 2014 Featuring Charlie Kerr
“Be as weird as you are. Don’t be afraid to provoke the status quo. Maybe some of your ideas are crazy. But crazy ideas are what shake the world. Crazy ideas make revolutions. So don’t be afraid to be different, and don’t be afraid to break traditions. Sure, some people will be frustrated and opposed to your weirdness. Some people might even criticize you. But even if it takes time for them to embrace your ideas, you’re showing them a new way of thinking. You’re planting a seed in their heads and opening their minds – and you’re opening your own mind too. The minute you understand that you can be weird and mold life your own way, you allow yourself to shake off the erroneous notion that life is just there, and that you’re just going to exist in it, rather than embrace it, change it, improve it, and truly live it.” – Marc and Angel Hack Life
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
This was a fun group of international students who were watching as I took photos of Jigme Nehring Jumping for Joy in English Bay. They all started cheering and ran over to take part in the fun :) So we got a shot of them jumping too. Lots of joy being spread today.
“If you knew that your life was merely a phase or short, short segment of your entire existence, how would you live? Knowing nothing ‘real’ was at risk, what would you do? You’d live a gigantic, bold, fun, dazzling life. You know you would. That’s what the ghosts want us to do – all the exciting things they no longer can.” – Chuck Palahniuk
Lucy and Paty are two of the sweetest sisters you will ever meet, this shoot was full of joy. We took a little Canadian souvenir photo for them to send home to Mexico on this little hill near Granville Island ;)
“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” – Zhuangzi
“You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy. You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.” – Julien Smith