This picture is a self portrait of Eyoälha Baker of the Jump for Joy Project. It looks much clearer and beautiful on her blog. I ran across Eyoälha Baker’ s blog a month or so ago and I love looking at the pictures of people jumping for joy. It always lifts my spirits when I look at her photos. I asked if I could ask her some questions about her project and she was gracious enough to let me interview her and share one of her photos here.
What inspired you to start the Jump for Joy Photo Project?
I had begun a personal journey initiated by mending a broken heart. I had sold my business, my car, my belongings and started rebuilding life over. I invested a couple of years and most of my savings in University of me. I began traveling the world rediscovering myself, what was important to me, how I wanted to live my life and what truly inspires and makes me happy.
One day it just all finally came together for me when I listed all the things that I love to do and that inspire me in life: Travel, photography, meeting interesting people, supporting people who are following their dreams, creating, freedom to work when and where I want and jumping photos are so fun and energizing. I just combined all the things that I love to create my dream job. I didn’t know how it would materialize, just that I would figure it out along the way.
Where do you find your models?
The models are friends, acquaintances, strangers, family and myself. Anyone who likes to try new things, is creative, passionate and loves to play and jump around.
How many different countries have you or do you plan to take pictures in?
Since beginning my project in May 2012 when I officially began setting up photo shoots I have jumping photos from: Berlin, Los Angeles, Hawaii and Vancouver. I also have jumping photos taken before I began the project in: Mexico and Greece.
It is my goal to have jumping photos in at least 20 different Countries. My wish list includes: Brazil, Costa Rica, Bolivia, South Africa, Morocco, Tanzania, Egypt, England, France, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Fiji, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Bali, and any South Pacific Islands I am, however, always open to all places and am sure my plans will evolve and change as I go.
What has been your favorite experience, so far, while working on the project?
I have been having fun at all my shoots.. one that was particularly fun for me was in Kauai, Hawaii where we ended up jumping off cliffs into a beautiful pool beside a waterfall. So much fun!
What would you like people to gain from viewing your Jump for Joy photos?
I would love for people to feel the joy being expressed, feel inspired, be reminded to play and take life a little less seriously.
When and where will the book be available for sale?
I plan to self publish the book once my travels and photos taking is done so we are looking at a year or two down the line. I will make the book available for sale on my blog, at art show openings and possibly through other online outlets such as Amazon etc.
I would love your support (and am gratefully accepting donations).. Blog: www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.com
twitter: @jumpforjoyphoto Facebook:www.facebook.com/JumpForJoyPhotoProject
Jump for Joy! International photography project
Jump for Joy! Photo project capturing the beauty of the human spirit in mid air around the world. A book of 1000 jumping photos of interesting people.
Also, I have just entered this contest… Please vote for me and ask your friends to vote too. It would be a dream come true to win this contest as it would help me continue my jump for joy photo project. You can vote up to 5 times by sharing once on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumble. One share equals one vote. Just click on the button below to get to the site to vote from
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I hope that you will all take the time to go check out Eyoälha Baker’s blog and maybe follow it. I know you will enjoy all of the beautiful pictures and maybe even want to jump for joy yourself. It’d be great if you’d consider following the link and voting for her to win the Biggest, Baddest Bucket list contest to help her finish her project. If you have any comments or additional questions for Eyoälha, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you. To prove it, I’m giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of February. I’ll put everyone’s name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around February 1st. Then I’ll email the winner with the details if I have access to their e-mail or you can check back here around the first and e-mail me if you’re the winner. If you like my Facebook page in the box on the right side, I’ll put your name in twice.
Love and Alchemy,