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.

Do you believe in visually manifesting your dreams?

Can you see yourself doing what you love the most for a living? Today? Tomorrow? One year from now? Five years from now?

Most of you now that I used to work as a Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher. Three (almost four) years ago when I was blessed with a little baby girl, I decided to quit my job, and look for other ways to support us. I did love my job, I just wanted to experience the first important years hands on with my daughter. Be there when she discovered the world. Maybe, most likely, it was my former job that actually pushed me in to wanting to do this. Craving to do this. Since then I’ve worked with several different projects (involving horses, photography, ranching, gardening, and some teaching,) that allowed me to bring my daughter with me.

I’m genuinely interested in a sustainable lifestyle, and I’m dreaming about having a few acres of my own one day. It’s an active dream that I work towards every day. I would like to learn more about organic gardening, and grow the majority of our food myself, have some chickens, and of course a couple horses grazing outside. I will always be a country girl at heart.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.      – Mahatma Gandhi

All the way from the beginning I knew that I wanted to get to my goal while spending as much time as possible with my daughter. That is my number one priority. Number two is to grow my photography portfolio, and become a better photographer in the process (diversifying the income from my photography.) Combining my passion, and need to put food on the table.

I’m very goal oriented, and to see where I want to be, as if I already was there, helps me to stay motivated. I don’t dream about not working, I love working! I love working for myself. I love doing what I’m passionate about, because it makes me feel good. When I feel good, I can give more. I can be a better mother, a better friend, a better neighbor, a better stranger, a more inspiring photographer, and perhaps a more interesting blogger 😉

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. – Marcus Aurelius

On Monday, and Tuesday mornings I dedicate some time to travel to the picture in my head. In different ways I make the picture of where I am going sharper. This is an exercise in focus. A very rewarding exercise. It always leaves me feeling stronger, and more powerful, as I am taking charge over my own happiness. It can be by reading articles written by people who already done what I’m doing. Reading business books to sharpen my brain. Or simple researching suitable areas for my dream home/homestead. (The thing is, everything in my dream is crystal clear, except one thing, the physical location.)

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.                       – Dalai Lama

I used to have a timeframe for when I wanted to have my little homestead, but as I am having more and more fun as a photographer, the time frame becomes less important. I’m enjoying growing as a photographer, and learning more about a sustainable lifestyle. The endless learning opportunities still fills me with so much joy, and pleasure. Combined with the time my daughter, and I get to spend together, in amazing nature. I understand that this time is unique, and I am forever grateful for this special time.

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Wide open spaces, and mountains makes me feel awesome, and closer to my dreams. Where do you go, what do you do, to feel closer to your dreams?

Do you believe in visually manifesting your dreams? Where do you see yourself a year from now? Five years from now?

Love & Light, Always


PS. If you’re interested in doing a project together, or have me write a guest post/article, you know that I’m interested in hearing you out! Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at Your comments and ideas are always welcome!


A beautiful contribution to the gratitude challenge! So much love in that photo 🙂


The subject for my MJP Photography Challenge for today is :  My Kids.

My kids are kind and moral.  They are my compass and the people I look up to most in the world.

I call them ” The Fab Five.”

My husband and I generally feel like the world is a pretty good place, but sometimes…..we just get bombarded by other peoples ugliness.  It’s at those times that we tell ourselves to go look at the picture on our refrigerator……these are the people who matter the most to us.  These are the people we have to try to please.   I’ve read that if you have one True Friend in life, you should feel lucky.

We have 5 friends and we feel very very blessed.

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Quote Challenge Day 2 – Homer, AK

A very beautiful contribution to the quote challenge!


My friend Maria at Maria Jansson Photography challenged me to participate in a quote challenge. I accepted the challenge. I try to post one of my photographs each day with a message that will make all who read seize the day! (Carpe’ Deim) The rules are as following:

Post for three consecutive days
Posts can be one or three quotes per day
Nominate three different blogs per day

Feb 10 Lighthouse Homer Spit

On the spit in Homer is the lighthouse and a pub…interesting!  The light, the American flag blowing, and a place of refuge.  I found this place on a stormy, dark day, but the light shines pointing the way to safety and peace!

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomea it.” John 1:4-5

It is with great joy that I nominate Julie Garro at follow…

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