#travellinkup: Anatomy of a Jump Shot

If you follow me on Instagram (aka my legit and only account @thegirlnextshore), then you would know that I, uh, like a nice jump shot.

Jump shots are really the best souvenirs for travel – they’re free, they’re fun to shoot and they’re good practice for your camera skills and physical stamina. But sometimes, like selfies, jump shots take more than one snap to get the right photo for the social networks.

Timing is key.

You need to set your shutter speed to get that height. Cos jump shots aren’t jump shots unless you take flight.

Case in point, this pre-jump shot in Saint Tropez:

Or this post-jump shot outside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Honey, you have landed!

Or these post-jump “Staying Alive” series by the Koutoubia in Marrakech.


I never quite got it right by the Koutoubia!


You also have to scope your surroundings else you might blend in the background.

Here I am looking like a chameleon at the Jardin Majorelle in Morocco.

And looking ghostly in Marrakech.

Seriously, like Tyra Banks said, you gotta find the light (and I failed to find it by the Louvre)!

Sometimes you get the unfortunate positioning of people in the background.

Like this woman about to smell my armpit in Lausanne…

Or these chaps I almost kicked by the Kasbah in Marrakech and by the Colosseum in Rome.


Or this pre-jump photo of me seemingly showcasing my friend’s bosoms by Kensington Palace.

Distance is also key. You want to take a photo which showcases your jump as well as the sights.

Don’t get too far you’d blend in the background…

but don’t get too close you look like a mad person looking like you’re stopping the paps!

It’s also kinda hard when you’re working with props.

Here I am hoping to get THAT Mary Poppins umbrella shot (and failing) in Paris.

And here I am giving up on jumping with my bag in Saint Tropez.


Be careful of that sudden gush of wind as well.

Here I am almost getting knocked over in Cannes cos of that sudden breeze.

And HAIR I am by the Eiffel Tower. Shampoo advert, this is not!


Sometimes, it pays to have a little help from friends. Even when you end up getting photos cheesier than jumpshots. Here’s us looking like a fake pop band in Bournemouth!

Sometimes, I enjoy “forcing” people to take the jump, too!

OH… and don’t forget to watch out for your clothing as well. Many a time, I’ve taken photos of jump shots exposing my underwear. THOSE, OF COURSE WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO THE BLOG.

But most of the time, just jump for joy! My favourite jump shots are those that remind me of fantastic moments even they’re not picture perfect.

Here’s to more jump shots and more memories!

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23 Comments

  1. 4th February 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Haha I love this post! You are definitely queen of the jump shot. I’ll have to try one on my next holiday!

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th February 2017 / 7:35 pm

      YES please, JC! I’d love to see #JCJumps! x

  2. 4th February 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I think this was my favourite all the out takes posts!! Behind the scenes of the famous jump shots!

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th February 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Awww thanks darling! A lot more where these came from (except some include pants exposure so maybe not!)

  3. 5th February 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Oh my goodness this is hilarious!!! You have a serious love for jump shots haha!

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th February 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Definitely! Haha! Thanks Sarah x

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th February 2017 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks Tanja! Aren’t they super fun to do? 🙂

  4. 5th February 2017 / 7:46 pm

    This is amazing!! You’ve definitely nailed the art of a jump shot, especially love the one outside the Louvre! xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      7th February 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Haha, thanks so much, Ayushi!

  5. 6th February 2017 / 11:46 am

    Hahaha this is brilliant! And just underlines that I should *never* try to do a jump shot 😉

    • Honey de Gracia
      7th February 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Of course, you can! =)

  6. 6th February 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Best post ever!!! I’ve lost count of the number of times you’ve made me smile on instagram 🙂 xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      7th February 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Awww, haha! That makes my heart warm!

    • Honey de Gracia
      11th February 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Teehee, thanks Nano! x

  7. 10th February 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Lol’d at SO many of these, H! I feel I now truly appreciate the work that goes into those perfect jump shots. And bahahaha – the errant underwear shots ban comment brought a tear to my eye. More jump shots all over the world, please! x

    • Honey de Gracia
      11th February 2017 / 10:16 am

      Wahahaha! I should be banned in Amsterdam for showcasing a range of brassiere on occassions. Lol!

  8. 12th February 2017 / 12:00 am

    Haha, what a great idea for a post for the out takes theme Honey and one I could totally relate to, when I think about how many naff jump shots I’ve got on my hard drives where my feet were all over the place, I had no height, one foot was still on the ground etc etc. Hubby now has a cap on the total number of times he’s prepared to try and snap a jump shot for me!

  9. 13th February 2017 / 1:16 pm

    BEST. POST. IN. THIS. LINKUP. PERIOD. I loled and marvelled at your talents at the same time.

    • Honey de Gracia
      13th February 2017 / 8:27 pm

      TEEHEE. Thanks a lot Jaime! xxx

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