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 MariaJanssonPhotography@gmail.com, 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.

And The Featured of the Month is…

I’m humbled by new friend Carolina’s kind words, and feature on her beautiful blog! Thank you Carolina!


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And FEATURED is…Maria Jansson Photography!

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Hello everyone during the past few months I made beautiful new connections.  Thanks to everyone for  the participation to our weekly Meet and Greet Fridays I had the opportunity  to discover and connect with numerous and inspiring Blogs and it is not easy for me to choose only one each month. Sorry I had to skip the month of July cause I have been very busy with the World Watercolor Month event. But finally I was able to made  my pick for the month of August.

This month we will have the opportunity to travel around the world of Maria and read all about it !

Today I am very pleased and honored to introduce you my new friend and Featured of the  Month and featured is…Maria Jansson  and her beautiful  Blog


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The Weekly Photo Challenge, at The Daily Post; Partners.

This week, share an image of partners. A pair, a trio, a sextet; people, buildings, plants — whatever you choose to shoot, give us subjects that are in tune with one another.


My daughter recently got her first horse. The catch, to get a horse of her own, was that she would be involved in every need of her horse, when it comes to training, and care. This photo is from one of the first lessons with her horse. To lead a horse with a slack rope, and not drag the horse around, is an art. The ultimate goal is of course to become partners.

Love & Light, Always


MJP Gratitude Challenge

Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!

This week I’m grateful for the journey, that our new rescue horse Ariel is taking us on. It is fascinating to get to know a new horse, especially a sensitive one. There is so much we can learn from them. I need to stay in the moment. I need to be right here, right now. For both me, and my daughter, this is a lesson in mindfulness, and the ability to focus on the present. Horses are big animals, if you’re not focused on what you are doing, things can happen, fast.

This week, my daughter and I have been talking about the importance of paying attention to what we are doing. Ariel really helped out!

I was grooming Ariel in the middle of the round-pen. She was wearing a halter, and a lead rope. Since she thoroughly enjoy being groomed, and was standing still, I did not tie her up. The rope was just laying on the ground. I asked her to stay there, while I was getting another brush from my grooming box (a few feet away.) She did, until my daughter picked up the rope. I saw that she picked up the rope, but I pretended to not see. My daughter inspected the leather flap by the end of the rope. Then she started shaking the flap, just to see what it would look like. Ariel flew backwards to the end of the round-pen, in less than a second. Not really understanding what just happened my daughter let go of the rope (a long one, it was never stretched to it’s full length.)

This little episode gave us an excellent opportunity to talk about the importance of being mindful; about our thoughts (she just wanted to see what the leather flap would look like, what noises it might make, if she shook it,) and actions. Lessons like the one Ariel just gave my daughter isn’t the kind you get by just telling your child to focus on what they are doing. I don’t think my daughter will forget her surprise, when Ariel got wings all of a sudden. To add to the story is that the second my daughter stopped, and let go of the rope, Ariel stopped, and dropped her head. The horse was indeed paying attention! I am grateful to have this new teacher in town!

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As always, I hope that your week have been filled with good things. I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, and tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge.

Have an amazing Saturday!



From The Beginning

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Yesterday a dream came true for my little horse girl. She said welcome to her first horse. A five year old rescue horse, with the beautiful name Ariel.

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My daughter have always been fascinated by every aspect of life with horses. We’ve been watching both domesticated, and wild horses together, since before she could talk. She is learning Equus, to understand how the horses communicate with each other, via their body language. It’s very fascinating. As a compliment to being with horses in real life, we also read books, and watch educational videos together. We talk about what we learn, and try the things we are impressed by.

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The catch, to get a horse of her own, was that she would be involved in every need of her horse, when it comes to training, and care. I believe that despite her young age, she’s taking this seriously. Today we started from the beginning with Ariel. Touching her whole body, lifting her hooves, and leading her around. To lead a horse with a slack rope, and not drag the horse around, is an art. The most challenging thing for my daughter today was to look where she was going, and not at her horse. Looking directly at a horse can make the horse slow down, or stop. If you’re looking, and thinking, in the direction of where you want to go, the horse follows.

I call horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that. – Allan Hamilton

My daughter is blessed to learn this with Ariel, she is a sweetheart. I also think Ariel is equally blessed to have my daughter in her life. She is very dedicated to learn everything she need to learn. Even this early on it’s heart warming to see.

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I hope your week got off to a great start!

Love & Light, Always