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.

Merry Christmas!

Virginia Range Mustangs Wood Print featuring the photograph Virginia Range Mustangs by Maria Jansson

I wrote this motivating post about achievements, and goals, almost a year ago. With 2017 quickly approaching, it’s time to look over my long term goals, and see how they are progressing. Am I on the right path? Enjoy the post! The updates of my longterm goals are written in red, directly after the goals.


Designing Happiness 

Lately I’ve been thinking about who YOU are. I’m grateful that YOU found your way here, and I would love to get to know YOU. Who are YOU, amazing, awesome person that smile when you see my photos? And relate to my story? I believe you are a unique person that appreciate beauty, happiness, and the kind of ”not settling for the Joneses” kind of adventure. That’s why we connected? Right?

We’re more than half way through the first month of 2016. Everyone is starting out the new year with big, and bold new years resolutions. This year my only resolution is going to be; Say yes more, and be kinder. It may sound simple enough, but when you think about it, the two often contradict each other. Saying yes to others sometimes means that I am saying no to myself, and vice versa. My new years resolution is that I am going to try my best to find a balance. Saying yes to learning new things, and helping others, while staying true to the beliefs that I actually find worth fighting for. One of my tactics for knowing when it’s a good idea to say YES, is to make sure that I know where I’m coming from, and where I am going = my past achievements, and future goals.


Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design. – Jim Rohn


I’ve found that it is easier to stand straight, and look forward, when I’m clear about what I already achieved. Is it in line with what I want? Where I want to go?

If you try this method, be sure to turn the more challenging experiences of the past to your favor. (I’m certainly no saint, or perfect in any way.) The purpose of the exercise is to become happier, more focused, and motivated. A list of your ”failures” will not help you achieve that. Becoming a single mom was not in my plan, nether was a failed marriage, but by writing about what I actually overcame/learned from it, motivates me.

A year is a relatively short period of time, you can do this exercise on a yearly basis, but I found it more helpful to use it for a bigger picture. That’s why I am looking at the past five years, and the next five years to come. This is, even though they are personal, more general achievements and goals, that can be broken down in smaller pieces for shorter periods of time. I’m simply sharing them with you, because it’s part of a routine that helps me wake up happy every morning. That makes it possible for me to experience the”not settling for the Joneses” kind of adventures, and since you’re here I’m guessing that something that you have some kind of interest in, right?


Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn


My achievements the past five years:

Complete a University Education.

Get a well paid/fun job based on my education.

Quit the same job in pursuit of happiness.

Had the guts to change my universe by moving to another continent.

Learned to be more open to new things/possibilities.

Became fluid in written, and spoken English.

Overcame my strong dislike for weapons. (Something that have given me peace of mind, when I’ve spent time in wilderness areas. Even though I’ve only used it on rattle snakes a couple of times.)

Developed my skills as a photographer (camera use/editing/marketing/sales.)

Survived the first three years with a new baby, in a new culture, without a supportive network (doing so feeling good about my role as a mother.)

Learned more about living in the moment, and letting go of guilt, based on subconscious beliefs from my childhood.

Discovered what I need in a relationship, and what I don’t need. What I can contribute with, and what I am not willing to contribute with.

Gaining the trust of numerous rescue horses, and one wild horse.

Creating a system for passive income through my photography.

Equine Photography Wood Print featuring the photograph Happiness by Maria Jansson


Goals for my next five (now four) years:

Becoming a master of marketing my products! I am working on this. I need to continue working on it!

Improve my English skills further; grammar, and becoming a better story teller. I’ll let you decide about this one!

Grow my blog. Yes, to some degree my blog is growing. Thank YOU! I could, and I am going to work more on this 2017.

Create a positive cash flow to my business. Learn more about building a sustainable business, in todays ever changing world. Working on this. You have seen my new wood prints, right? I love them, and I am excited about this new venue!

Grow as a photographer by only working with the best (most suitable for me) equipment, explore extraordinary nature with my camera, participate in photography workshops etc. I did purchase a new camera body, and one good lens during 2016. I have been practicing different kinds of photography. I completed a photography/business class during 2016, that helped me to further niche  my business.

Live a full, satisfying life, with a positive partner, that I’m crazy in love with. A man that lifts me up, that I can respect, and support with all my heart. I know this is asking a lot…

Teach my daughter true values, and become an even better role model for her, by being happy, and living a full life. I can honestly say that I am working on this every day!

Become more fit and healthy every year. My daughter and I grew the majority of our food this summer. I’ve learned a lot about gardening this year. Fitness level is about the same as previous year..

Improve my communication skills. Oops, I need to work more on this!

Read more books. I’ve been committed to this during 2016. I plan on making time to continue expanding my references, and learning new things through books during 2017.

Publish and launch a best selling book. I am writing on my book! There’s a few more pages adding up every week!

Create an off grid homestead, in a place I love. Still in the planning stages of this one, BUT my plans are getting more specific by the week. I want to lay a solid foundation for success. That is what I am doing now. There’s so many variables to think of, and so many things to learn. Of course there’s also the financial side of it, to make the dream work longterm. I am getting closer to this goal!

Color Wood Print featuring the photograph Colorful Appearance by Maria Jansson


Your turn! I strongly encourage you to try this method. It doesn’t have to be about winning the Nobel Peace Prize, or getting an Oscar’s. It’s OK if you don’t share it with anyone, I usually don’t. If you do feel like sharing your game plan, please do! Sharing goals is one way to kick your own a**. It’s very likely that you will work harder when you’ve made your goals more definite.


If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn


Do you already have a method that keeps you on the right track? Tell me about it in a comment!


Love & Light, Always, and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!


PS. Having the last Jim Rohn quote in the back of my mind have helped me to stand up for myself more than once..

New Horizon

Happy Trails Wood Print featuring the photograph Happy Trails by Maria Jansson

This photo is taken at the start of the famous Tevis Cup, the world toughest endurance race. With the new year fast approaching, it’s difficult to not think about new years resolutions, and goals. Riding the Tevis Cup 2017, on a mustang I trained myself, was my goal. It was realistic when I set the goal, a couple years ago. Then life took me on some sidetracks. It’s no longer realistic to think that I will do this 2017, but I will one day. I’m simply to stubborn to give up on a goal. It’s the viking in me that refuses to give up.

Happy Trails (the photo in today’s post,) comes to life with the texture and added depth of a wood print. Your image gets printed directly onto a sheet of thick maple wood. There are D-clips on the back of the print for mounting it to your wall using mounting hooks and nails (included). Ships within 2 – 3 business days.


That said, the new horizon that I see, is very appealing. I see myself getting more and more attuned to my homesteading goal, and at the same time fine tuning my photography niche. I like where I am going. I am happy, content, and excited at the same time. There is a lot of work ahead of me, and plenty of things for me to learn, and I like it. I thrive tremendously with goals to work towards. How about you? Do you set new years resolutions? Do you have a specific goal in mind for 2017? I would love to hear about it!!


All the best,
Maria Jansson



The White Horse

White Arabian Horse Photograph by Maria Jansson

My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet. – Tyra Banks


My mom didn’t teach me that either, something I am very grateful for. She did tell me that every single person living on this planet is responsible for their own happiness. It took me along time to fully understand what she meant.

I’ve always been mesmerized by white horses, that’s a different story. They are the image of fairytales and magic to me. My very first horse was a white horse (not the beautiful horse in the photo.) His name was Draumur. He was an Icelandic Horse. I saved 10 years to be able to purchase him. He was my childhood dream, that become reality when I was in my early 20’s. I have a photo of Draumur, from the night I got him, in my office. I look at Draumur every time I need a reminder that everything is possible, if you are willing to pay the price, work towards your dream without giving up. This single photo puts me in a positive, winning state of mind. It works independently without caring about the challenges that comes and goes in my every day life. This photo helps me to choose to react to situations that comes up, in a way that takes me closer to my goals.

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. – Epictetus

Right now my dreams are about a homestead on a few acres. Well, it’s not just a dream, it’s a goal, that I am working towards every day. Do you have a dream that you are working towards right now? I would love to hear about it!



PS. The horse in the photo is a senior Arabian/Mustang Cross named Diamond. He was standing up to his knees in deep mud when I first met him, 5 years ago. He had been standing there for 6 months. After some rehabilitation he became a wonderful, happy ranch horse. I think his happy state of mind shines through the photo. What do you think?