#SwagsJumps and So Can You

Happy Travel Tuesday with a guest post from Swags:

Anyone can make great jumping photos. I’ve always been more of an action/candid photo fan, and finding the perfect jump photo has become a favorite hobby of mine. I may be an athlete, but the last time I was considered a decent jumper, I was seventeen and pre-knee-surgery. That was nearly half a lifetime ago, and I’m not getting any younger!

The two key components of your jumping photo are the background and the camera angle. You’ll see in the following photos that jumping in front of sky always works, but a super cool attraction can be worth it, as well. Put your camera – or your cameraman – on the ground and press record. Yes, you’re taking a video, and it’s going to transform you into a jumping hero.

All that’s left is to pick your signature jump!

(Listed from easiest to most difficult. When you attempt, I’d love for you to hashtag either #SwagsJumps or #whatupswags to show your progress!)

The Assisted Fly

Find something to create the appearance of a higher jump. Swings, fences, and statues are very helpful.


The Happy Star

Jump and explode your limbs in every direction. Also, try the imaginary skateboard grab.


The Butt Kick

This is the best ratio of easy jump with high payout. Just make sure you kick slightly to the side, or you’ll look like your legs end at the knees. You can even do this jump in a skirt.



The Jump Squat

Try to bring your knees to your shoulders. Might want to stretch or warm-up for this one.



The Heel Click

Anytime you bring your feet closer to your body, your jump looks so much higher.


The Rock Star

You’ve got your air guitar, so kick one foot back and one foot forward, and rock this jump.

Here we’ve got a Happy Star, Jump Squat, Rock Star combo – and this one was miraculously taken with a regular camera on a timer.


The Ninja

Put on your game face and channel your inner ninja. My best ninja jump is in the title picture, but these ones are alright, too. Also, note how cool a silhouette jump can be against a bright background.



The Mary Poppins

This one is very difficult for me. It’s the feet position, arm extension, umbrella lift, and truly believing that you are going to fly up, up, and away in the moment. I have to find a better background for this jump style next time.

Hit record and start jumping! Don’t forget to tag me @whatupswagsย or hashtag #SwagsJumps and #whatupswags when you get your jumping photo album going!

  • https://theredphoneboxtravels.wordpress.com/ Tanja / The red phone box trav

    great jumps!:)

    • http://www.whatupswags.com/ SWAGS @ What Up, Swags?!

      Thanks, Tanja!

  • LydiaCLee

    That is such a joyous post…I was grinning at the end of it!

    • http://www.whatupswags.com/ SWAGS @ What Up, Swags?!

      That makes me so happy, Lydia! Thank you so much for your comment! It really is a ton of fun!

  • http://www.clemandmarcella.wordpress.com/ Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    Amazing!!! This is such a great collection of jumping photos :)

    • http://www.whatupswags.com/ SWAGS @ What Up, Swags?!

      Thanks, Marcella!!

  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    Haha! I love this!! Swags is truly a master of the jumping photos. I don’t think I can jump that high!

    • http://www.whatupswags.com/ SWAGS @ What Up, Swags?!

      LOL, Anna, I think you could surprise yourself! :) Thank you!

  • http://www.alkeksabroad.com/ Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    I am cracking up at all the different jump names- love it!

    • http://www.whatupswags.com/ SWAGS @ What Up, Swags?!

      Haha, thanks, Courtney!

  • http://www.mummytravels.com Cathy Winston

    Haha, I love this! I have no photos of me jumping (not surprising, I’m normally behind the camera) but I’m tempted… #traveltuesday

    • http://www.whatupswags.com/ SWAGS @ What Up, Swags?!

      Thank you, Cathy! You can do it, I promise! :)

  • Grey World Nomads

    Oh, I hoped you would reveal your secret of your stunning action pictures! Thanks so much!

  • http://www.twofeet-oneworld.com/ Jessi @2feet1world

    Haha these are awesome! Thanks for sharing :) I’m a big fan of the starfish, myself

  • http://bumblebeemum.net/ Bumble Bee Mum

    This is hilarious, I love Mary Poppins! I’ve hashtagged #Swagsjumps my jump shots on Instagram. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://www.laurenonlocation.com laurenonlocation

    Love this post! Dying laughing! What great pictures! Jump shots usually don’t work for me … but that’s because I haven’t been using video! That’s been the key all along!! Looks like you’ve perfected it SWAGS ๐Ÿ˜€