Thank YOU!

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I’ve had a goal of reaching 2000 followers on my “newish” blog for a few months, and I reached it today! Yiiiha!!! THANK YOU!!
The whole purpose with my blog is to inspire, and get inspired by fellow photographers around the world. Feel free to get inspired, and share your wisdom. It’s free and will always be.


The photo above is a rescued mountain lion, residing at Animal Ark, Reno (NV.) Mountain Lion, predator common in North America’s wilderness areas. Also known as cougar, puma, panther, and catamount.

My daughter and I visited the park when they opened for the season, this past weekend. If you’re in Reno, it’s well worth the 30 min drive out to Animal Ark to see, and support the rescued wild animals they care for. The park is very well maintained, and the experience is unforgettable. They currently have a 7 months old tiger cub, (photos to come,) the cutest, most playful thing I ever seen!!

Have an awesome week!!




Dreams Should Be Lived #MyFirstPostRevisited

Who am I? I’m a Swedish girl with an obsession of horses, residing in Nevada (USA.) I spend as much time as I possibly can outdoors; hiking, camping, looking at wild horses, or playing with my mustang. I LOVE taking road trips. I’m a dreamer, the kind that goes after her dreams.

My grandmother gave me my first camera when I was five years old, and I’ve been taking photos ever since; different cameras, different people, different countries, but it’s highly unusual to see me without my camera.

I only have a couple addictions that I don’t want to live without; strong coffee in the morning, wide open spaces, the joy of hearing my daughters laugh, country music, the pleasure of being around a brave horse, and ending each day in peace.

I recently moved to Reno (NV,) and I am in the process of taking my photography business to the next level. Horses is my number one passion, and have been since before I could walk. Naturally there’s been a focus on horses in my photography business as well. Lately I’ve discovered a demand for other forms of outdoor portraits, and after some consideration decided to start all over with a new business plan, a new website (actually two; one gallery, and one blog,) and do it under a new name.

It’s a little scary to start all over, when you already have a working concept, but I know that I would regret it if I didn’t follow my gut instinct in this. Imagination is the only limit, and I’ve always had a vivid imagination.

One of my personal goals is to ride The Tevis Cup, (the worlds toughest endurance race.) I hope to ride my Virginia Range Mustang, that I adopted in December of last year. It’s a long term goal, and it’s going to take us at least two years to get there. It’s certainly a very exciting project, I love every minute I get to spend with him. He is a real character, and you will definitely see, and read about our journey here on the blog.


Maria Jansson Photography specializes in Fine Art Prints of Western Landscapes, Outdoor Action Events, Ranch Portraits, Expressive Outdoor Portraits; of people, dogs, and horses. Did I mention that I would love to meet you, and your family; four, and two legged?! Don’t hesitate to contact me at, to get a customized quote for your photo session. Imagination is the only limit! 

You can find photos from photo sessions, in the gallery, along with beautiful Fine Art Prints.

You can read more about the photos, offers, and upcoming events here on my blog.

Of course you will find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well. Let’s get to know each other!

Feel free to share my posts, and leave comments, I will get back to you!  See you around!

All the best,

Maria Jansson


PS. I apologize in advance for grammatical errors. English is not my first language, but I am working hard to improve my sometimes horrible grammar.

20 Habits That Makes Me Happy



The Best Kind of Happiness Is a Habit You’re Passionate About. 

– Shannon L. Alder


The quote above was the headline to an inspiring blog post, that I read this morning. (Please take the time to read the original article!) It started a chain reaction in my brain. Of course, it’s nothing new really, but it’s the things that we do over, and over again that makes us either happy, or sad. It’s the habits that makes us succeed, or fail with something. It’s habits that makes us keep a healthy weight. It’s habits that makes it possible for ordinary people to be extraordinary. If we have something in our life that makes us really happy, we should make it a priority to turn that happiness into a habit. Maybe especially when we are stressed, and don’t have time for it. It’s those habits that keeps us going.


Bringing my camera everywhere, time in nature with my daughter, and road trips, are among my happiness habits! I took this photo of my daughter, on a road trip to Lake Tahoe (CA,) last year.


I started out writing about five habits that makes me happy, just to realize that there’s so many more things that I intentionally do, that creates happiness in my life. Five habits, turned into twenty!


20 Habits That Makes Me Happy:

  • Sleeping 7 hours/night (makes me feel awesome. I don’t always do it.)
  • Getting up early in the morning (I LOVE watching the sunrise, and then start the days project early.)
  • Exercise every day (one way, or another I do exercise every day.)
  • Spending time in nature with my daughter every day, (very high on my priority list. EXPLORING, seeing the world through her beautiful eyes.)
  • Bringing my camera (If I leave somewhere, even if it’s only to g to the grocery store, I bring my camera.)
  • Sharing my photos with others.
  • Smiling to strangers.
  • Saying something positive to everyone I talk to. (I hate flatter, I always try to look for something genuine. Something beautiful, or positive with the person I talk to, or the situation we’re in.)
  • Really listen to what people tell me, (without thinking about my answer.)
  • Using the phrase ”Thank you! ” a lot.
  • Eating healthy (gives me energy, makes me feel, and look better.)
  • Surrounding myself with positive people as much as possible. (Yes, I purposely avoid spending time with negative people, when it’s up to me. Because it makes me negative, and depressed.)
  • Reading books that inspire me to become better/learn something.
  • Blogging. (The whole process of exchanging inspiration with other bloggers; writing, reading, sharing photos, improving my English, practicing my Swedish, learning new things, making friends.)
  • Going on road trips every month (short ones counts too. Opens my mind, and helps me think outside the box.)
  • Spending time in the mountains. (Mountains makes me feel alive.)
  • Riding a brave horse.
  • Hiking. (Exercise, time with my daughter, and photo opportunities all in one!)
  • Being the boss over my own time. (Saying yes to life is my motto, learning when to say NO, have been one of my biggest challenges in life so far. Without saying NO to some things, I don’t get to say YES to the things I really want.)
  • Dedicating time to meditate over everything I have to be grateful for every week. (I have a gratitude journal, and host MJP Gratitude Challenge every Saturday. I encourage you to participate in my gratitude challenge, sharing something you are grateful. Tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge. I want to read it! Here’s an example of what it can look like, here’s another one from one amazing blogging friend, in France.


Meditating next to Burney Falls (CA.)


Hiking in the high desert (NV.)


This is not a practice round, this is not preparation – my life is happening now. 


Road Trip (CA.)


When I was younger I got frustrated a lot, (mind you, I’m still young, I just said younger,) it took me a long time to realize what makes me happy. I would say that it is a balance of taking good care of myself, and feeding my soul, so that I have something to give to others. A habit is something we do over, and over again. Turning those things into habits, is something we have to do intentionally, no-one else is going to makes sure you do things that creates happiness in your world. It’s your responsibility. Thank you for reading so far 🙂 Your turn!

Tell me about some of the habits that creates happiness in your life!

Love & Light, Always


How to successfully sell your photos

My reasons for bringing my camera with me every day, is that I love taking you to amazing places. If you’re as passionate with your camera as I am, I know that is your main reason as well. Your hooked! You love it! Seeing extraordinary things through the lens of your camera is what makes you tick. I get it! However, to be able to spend a lot of time doing what we love, we have to make money. We have to eat, live, take care of our bills, you know..Most of us have to make money. It’s part of life, and should be fun. At least that’s always been my philosophy. In fact, I’ve never had a job I didn’t like.

Maybe you’re fine with just taking photos for fun, on your free time, while having another 9-5 job. That’s fine. In fact, that’s great for you! If that is what you want. Maybe this idea isn’t worth much to you. If you, however, want to start making money of your passion – this idea is for YOU!

It is really simple actually. I am 100% sure you’ve heard it before. First impression last. This is true in all areas of our business. (If we want to make money out of our passion. Photography, or something else, it should be treated as a business.) Making a great impression, the first time people encounter you, and your work, is critical. Your online presence is really important. I spend an average of 3-5 hours/day on my online presence, however, this post is not only about that.

People are overwhelmed with information. You have to stand out. For the past five years I’ve been experimenting with different ways of marketing. I believe in choosing a few things, that works for you. We are all different. You have to find your own ”voice”.

What works for me is;

  • My online presence; My Art Gallery, Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (I don’t use any other platforms for the moment.)
  • Going to local events, either as a guest, or sponsor. (Donating things to fundraisers is a great way to get attention to your work.)

This post is about the last thing on my list; business cards. I don’t suggest printing main stream business cards, in huge amounts, and pester your surrounding with them. That’s a big NO, NO! I suggest standing out. Create a piece of art. Spend a little bit of money, on a small amount of luxury cards. It is worth the investment! When, and if, you choose to give out your business card, you want the receiver to feel like a winner! Don’t we all desire to feel like winners, deep inside? Dedicate some time to create something that you can stand for. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, hire someone to do it. It is worth the investment!

The first couple of years after I’d decided that I needed business cards, I printed, and handed out thousands, literally. It kind of worked..but not really. Nowadays I hand out a few every week. Most of the business cards I hand out, create a sale from my gallery. I am not a sales person. I am not shy in any way, but I’m not great at small talk. I prefer talking when I have something important to say, and only if I believe it would interest the person I talk to. Otherwise I keep my thoughts to myself. (Since you are here, I believe you are interested! Right?) I believe in what I do. I want to inspire people with my photos. I want to take them to places they haven’t experienced yet. I want to evoke pleasurable feelings, whether it’s peace, excitement, gratitude, wonder, energy, or a sense of something else. I want to give something unique. If I hand YOU one of my business cards, it’s because I think you are unique. I want you to feel that.

This morning it was time for me to order some new business cards, that’s what inspired me to write this post. I ordered square shaped, thick, glossy business cards. They have my information+ a photo of me, on the front side, and a photo in black and white of the Budweiser Clydesdales on the other side. The odd shape, not the usual business cards shape, gets attention. So does the thickness of the cards. The photo of me, on the front side, is taken by Alessandro Rizzoli, a professional photographer, who’s work I admire.


Everyone is familiar with the Budweiser Clydesdales, the photo on the backside. Familiarity, and uniqueness is a great combination. The photo is black and white, (showing some of my artistic skills,) and the horses are galloping full speed towards the viewer. The action in the photo, inspires action. (I’ve sold this particular photo many times.) I’ve spent some times thinking about all these details.


Regular business cards might not be a deal breaker anymore, but unique ones makes a difference. I’m completely out of business cards now, and I’m excited about getting my new cards in a few days! I hope you found this post helpful. I’m here to inspire you!  I get my business cards from MOO. I genuinely love their stationery, I’m happy to pass it on! Everything they make is premium, and it’s 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Give them a try! If you’re ready to create your own cards, you’ll get 10% off your first order if you click on this link, and at no cost for you, you’re supporting my next order of business cards.

Love & Light, Always


PS. If you need a photo for your business cards, or help designing them, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at I’d love to help you!

Killing The Fat…

Beautiful contribution to MJP Gratitude Challenge, by my friend Jacqueline. What are you grateful for today?

a cooking pot and twisted tales

Virtue the say lies in the mean. In lay man’s term, I should exercise my laziness virtue in moderation.Gratitude, Prayer, Love, Thanks, Spiritual, Worship

I have been absolutely so laid back with my workouts and relaxing far too much to be of productive use to anyone except maybe by talking their ears off.

I am grateful for the rest time. Truly, I appreciate these moments of exhaling in-between hectic periods and I am not being mealy-mouthed about this opportunity, especially knowing that the good slice of indulgence will be over next week.

However, today my body got tired of me and begged me to take it for some concerted exercise.

My pillow gave a good fight but lost the battle of the senses.

I am happy and thankful that I got off my backside and got some sweating in. I killed some fat today!

I could practically feel the endorphins and dopamine galloping all the way…

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