Coming together to share joy with the lovely Pouneh Shahrestani at Sunnylands

Pouneh Shahrestani photographed by Eyoalha Baker for Jump for Joy Photo Project and Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist Residency

It was lovely to meet Pouneh and her adorable daughter Yas (photo coming soon!) in the stunning Sunnylands gardens. I was introduced via email to Pooneh by our mutual friend Maneli Nourbakhsh who had participated in a Vancouver jump for joy mural several years ago. I love the connections I’ve made to amazing people through this project. Pouneh has a very warm, gentle and feminine energy about her. We started out with mother daughter jumps then captured this stunning photo of Pouneh powerfully leaping up into the sky.

Get to know a little about Pouneh:
Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
Photography and my daughter.

Q: How was your experience doing the jumping photos?
It was great, feels really good, very friendly and welcoming to do this, thank you so much!

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?

Joy makes you laugh more
Joy feels good
Joy is healthy
Joy makes joy
Joy is freedom
Joy motivates.

Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
Architecture, interior design, sculpting and photography.

Q: How do you feel about being part of a community project that promotes joy?
Very enjoyable!

Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
Be the best mother.

Q: What are you working on or creating?
I’m an architect and interior designer and doing pottery and sculpting.

Connect with Pouneh on social:
Twitter: @pounzi
Instagram: @pounehshahrestani
FB page: pounehshahrestani

Thank you for sharing your gentle energy and joy with us!


Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.

If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us:


Follow Jump for Joy on:
Instagram: @jumpforjoyphotoproject
Twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto
Facebook: /JumpForJoyPhotoProject

Please... share the joy :)

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