– PROJECT

Sharing the joy of the human spirit in mid air around the world!
International Photography Project

Definition of JOY

1 – the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight. The expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety.
2 – a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 – a source or cause of delight.

Why jumping?

Jumping is fun.

Jumping is up lifting.

Jumping is celebration.

Jumping is good for your health.

Jumping is silly, freeing and energizing.

Jumping is a unique expression of who you are.

You use your own energy, strength and determination to jump.

Jumping for joy celebrates all that is good and positive in the world.

Jumping gets your blood pumping and gives you an adrenaline rush.

Jumping is a metaphor for life and a symbol for expressing and sharing joy.


“Surrounding yourself with images that uplift your spirit is as important for your health as nutritious food.” – Deepak Chopra – Origin Magazine


I meet up with people to do jumping photo sessions with the intention of creating and sharing the energy of joy.

I take photos as people jump up into the air and share their energy of joy with the world. This fun, playful action symbolizes lifting ourselves and others up with the energy of joy.

By focusing on the energy of joy and creating a compilation of joyful photos, I am creating a unified community that showcases creativity, positivity, joy and fun that uplifts both participants and viewers.

Capturing the expression of joy through the simple act of jumping, reminds us to take ourselves and life a little less seriously, if just for a few moments.


“When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.” – Philippe Halsman


Leading up to 2012, there were theories that the world was coming to an end… We are still here. The world is still turning and with the speed of our technology, it seems to be spinning faster than ever before. Wars and injustice are still raging rampant, people are still working themselves to death to obtain objects and status in individualistic societies, and people are still dying from starvation when there is food enough to feed the world.

There is an increasing focus on positivity and joy in the social consciousness that IS changing the world as we know it.

I am passionate about showcasing positive, ethical people/leaders, creators and change makers. I’m inspired by people improving the world by doing what they love, people who are positively inspiring the world with integrity, and taking risks to make their life dreams into reality. People are focusing on self love, joy, peace, community and cooperation.

There is an overwhelming movement and desire to create a better world, a better place to live, for everyone and I want to capture and share that energy.

Sharing Jump for Joy photos is my way to reach the true joy and childlike playfulness within people, and spread the powerful energy of joy around the world.

Let’s play, create positive images, laugh and Jump for Joy!


*** All the photos in this project I have taken myself unless credited otherwise.


Completed Public Art Projects

Palm Springs Cultural Center Artist in Residence. A compilation of nearly 200 photos of people jumping for joy around the Coachella Valley. A mural covering 3 walls of the PS Cultural Center.

Wall of Joy Mural 65ft high by 114 ft wide. A compilation of 250, 6×6 ft and 6×4 ft posters of approximately 300+ people jumping for joy. It was on the corner of Abbott and Pender Street, Vancouver was completed in August 2015/ Removed May 2016.

Jump for Joy Photo Mural Vancouver BC Canada. The mural was a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. The photos were enlarged to 4×4 ft. and printed on 11×17 sheets cut and pasted together, then pasted to the wall. Completed August 4, 2014 – Removed April 30, 2015: 114 ft wide x 32 ft high

Eyoalha Baker speaking about the Jump for Joy Photo Project and how the project evolved from photo shoots into to community engagement and public art projects at TEDXEASTVAN



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351 Comments

  1. Hey !! thanks for following my blog ….. loving all the pics you have posted 🙂 🙂 …. specially the bride jumping for joy!!

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  2. What a cool idea. I love seeing all the photos and I’m sure the book will be a hit! Great concept for a blog, I look forward to seeing more jumps for joy.

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  3. a very interesting project you have. one thing i experienced with people jumping photography. once my friends and i participated in jumping photography contest by a shopping mall in germany and would be announced on email if we won. the only thing we needed to do was to jump with joyful face expression. it wasn’t as easy as it sounds unless you feel really happy inside and you’re a good actor. needless to say, we didn’t get the email. so i guess it can only be captured best if the expression of gaiety comes from within. thanks for visiting and following my blog.
    i’m just curious, how many pics of people jumping have you captured so far, is it now close to 1000?

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    1. Im sure if you keep on jumping the joy will bubble up fro within 🙂 I have several hundred old pic of people jumping and have only started to set up jumping photo shoots for my project.. I still have a long way to go and Im looking forward to every pic along the way 🙂

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      1. guess i was just unlucky not to win the jumping photo contest ;p emotion is triggered by our motion….now i remember, that’s true! keep on doing your project and wish you all the best

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  4. Hi,

    Thanks for visiting and following the Two Bruces. We love your idea and your blog. Right now, Bruce is in a remedial jumping class. He did not do well in school and had to be kept back multiple times. Consequently, this is one of the many things we need to help him with.

    Your blog will be of great value to us.

    Bruce and Bruce

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  5. Wow, nice pictures…. and great jumping too (yourself). Your friends are awesome at levitating too. I have done my fair share of jumping with my friends, and you are right, we felt JOY.
    Keep up the good work, and hope that you will find some generous sponsors soon!

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  6. I love your amazing idea. Perhaps you could obtain a Guinness World Record for the most people jumping for joy at one time! 🙂 And a big thanks for following my blog!

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  7. Ahh, what an exciting idea! 😀 I’m looking forward to the result of this…! Good luck!!! We need a lot more joy in the world. 🙂

    Also, thank you so much for following my blog! 😀

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  8. I’m in! Sent you a picture on your fb page today. the concept is the best ever, I love your pictures, you started my day on a smile, there’s nothing better. Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know you were there.
    Keep on jumping! I’ll start a new set of pictures too! 😉
    Cheers to you!
    Jul’

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    1. LOL .. Well thank you.. are you planning to be travelling to the same locations as Jump for Joy! Photo Project? If so, let me know and I would be happy to set up shoots with your “hairy fellow travellers”.

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  9. I’m on a road trip across the States with my husband and we’ve been taking “jumping” shots of me throughout our trip… I haven’t added them to my blog…was planning to do a gallery of shots “jumping across the States” when we finished the trip… It’s such fun!

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