eyoalhabaker3Born on Canada’s West Coast, Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) means – the wind – in the Kwakwa’ka’wakw (Kwakiutl) language. She has traveled and lived in many places around the world and has a great appreciation for cultural differences and human similarities. She has a BFA from Concordia University, Studied International Business Management and has a Diploma in Media Resources. After running a small Interior Decorating Business and helping start up a furnished rental business she decided to follow her passion as photographer.

Three years ago Eyoälha began the Jump for Joy! Photo Project based on the belief that joyy is contagious and with the intention of capturing and sharing joy and has begun creating large scale photo murals with her photos. Eyoälha believes that when we communicate and express ourselves joyfully, we’re more open, more approachable, more productive, and people want to help each other. We create our lives by what we focus on, so just imagine what we could achieve if we stay true to ourselves, focus on joy, take a positive view on life, and support each other to succeed.

Eyoälha discussed the contagious energy of Joy and how the “group think” concept can produce wild riots, mass murder, and destruction, as well as create beauty, build community, and support a better world for everyone to live in.