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.

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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

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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.

Adorable Birthday Boy

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Three days a week I’m blessed with three extra bonus kids. The youngest one celebrates his first birthday today. We did a little mini photo shoot this morning. His mom gave me permission to share a photo with you. Isn’t he the most adorable little boy? I feel so blessed to spend time with this little guy, and his siblings. Both my daughter and I love them so much.

I hope the sun is shining on you! It’s finally shining here in NorCal. Spring is in the air 🙂

Yours,

Maria

Planning 2017’s Garden

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I absolutely love this time of the year! The time to plan, and soon plant, a garden. It’s exciting times!

 

The photo above is of my daughter, super proud over her zucchini’s, that she grew all by herself. We are mostly into growing food, a lot of food. This morning I wrote a list of the container garden we have now, and the annual garden I want to plant this year. It’s all based on what we enjoy eating. We are not vegetarians, but we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, because we like it! This is the list I came up with.

 

 

Container garden:

6 Olive Trees

4 Fig trees (2 one year old + 2 three year olds.)

1 Nectarine Tree (1 year old.)

1 White Peach Tree (2-3 year old.)

4 Elberta Peach Trees (1 year old.)

1 Pomegranate tree (2-3 year old? Maybe get a couple more for better pollination?)

1 Sweet Cherry Tree (2-3 year old. Maybe get one other variety? Usually a good idea for better fruiting.)

1 Wild Plum Tree (BIG, and very beautiful.)

A bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.

 

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Annual Vegetable Garden:

Heirloom Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes (LOTS, my daughter’s favorite vegetable..)

Corn (my daughter’s second favorite.)

Pumpkins

Watermelons

Zucchini

Sweet Bell Peppers

Jalapeno Hot Peppers

Baby Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Basil

Cilantro

Should I ad something to my annual garden? What did I forget? (We live in hardiness zone 9, with long hot summers.) I always love new ideas!!

I am going to make a garden at a new location. So I have to figure out what kind of garden beds I want to have. Something I’m planning on dedicating this weekend to. I’d love ideas about that as well. Last year I made garden beds out of old tires. It worked, but I might try something different this year. I want a bigger garden! I do like the ideas of garden beds, I feel that it makes me more in control. Bring it on! I want to hear all about your successful garden tips!

Yours,

Maria

Dog Portrait – Labrador Retriever

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I had the pleasure of getting to know this beautiful girl, and her mom this weekend. Isn’t she adorable?

We’ve had several weeks of intense rain here in northern California, and some serious flooding problem. Some areas have been under evacuation (this is about one hour from where I am now.) Hopefully the worst is over.

I hope YOU are staying dry!

/Maria

Winter Wonderland

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After all the hard work getting the new-old RV in shape last week, it was awesome to go for a little road trip this weekend, one fun night in Reno, and a day of snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. It was the first time I went snowboarding after my daughter’s birth 4 years ago. When I lived in Sweden my goal was to get at least 100 days/year of snowboarding, and I usually managed to get that. It was exhilarating to be on a board again! The best thing of all is that my daughter now shares my love for snow.

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I am so proud of her! It was snowing A LOT, and the wind was blowing hard. The kid slope was closed, so she got to go up on the big slope, on her second day of snowboarding ever. She did great!

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We will be back soon for sure!

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I don’t have any snowboard equipment here in the US, so I rented some. My first thought was, this board don’t have any edges! However, I soon realized that the kind of sharp edges required for good snowboarding in my hometown Åre, wasn’t as important in this abundance of snow. I’m used to rock hard slopes, usually with generous amounts of ice. This was a completely different kind of snowboarding, that I am totally inexperienced with. I will not have any problems adjusting to these quantities of snow! LOL. I’m stoked that it looks like snowboarding is going to be a part of my life again, since it is now obvious that the love of snowboarding is in my daughter’s blood as well.

 

I hope YOU had an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria