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.

Project: A Place To Call Home

So I have been away from the blogging world for about a week. I mentioned in my last post that I had to find other living arrangements. Several of my friends immediately offered me a room in their house. I’m very grateful for that, I am blessed to have many wonderful, amazing friends, but if possible I like having a place of my own. I’ve lived by myself for almost 20 years now, I kind of like it. I looked at a few rental properties. After some thinking, and considering that I have to be out of the house ASAP (before the end of this weekend,) I had to get started on something. I decided to buy an old RV, and make it nice.


It looked horrible on the inside when I got it, full of crap, everything from diapers to broken furniture etc. I bought it because the frame was good, the electric, stove, fridge, freezer, water, sewer etc works, and it was very affordable. After all this was an unexpected expense.

I threw everything out, and took it to the dump. I scrubbed the inside, from roof to floor, 8 times, with a very strong chem. (I got it from a trucker friend of mine. He uses it for cleaning his truck.) After some much needed ventilation, I did some light carpentry, and fixing of things, and started to paint. I finished painting today. I painted everything on the inside three times, including inside the cabinets, and the roof.


I cleaned all the carpets thoroughly, but decided to get new carpet for the bedroom anyways.



I’m not completely finished. I’m going to give the kitchen cabinets some blue color tomorrow morning, and clean the mess I created while painting. I am planning to move in tomorrow, and finish some smaller projects while living there. My daughter have been staying with her father for a week, I’m picking her up Monday. It should be decent by then. I might have some decorating left to do, but it should feel warm and welcoming to her. I’m making a separate play area (see photo,) for her, where it used to be bunkbeds, (I took them out.) I’m going to decorate it tomorrow, and bring her toys there.

I am lucky to be able to park the RV at some friends property, on the countryside. I already moved it. I even have my container garden of fruit trees with me. This RV is a good learning project for me. I will probably sell it in a few months, and do another project. I know I can do better with more time. I did some things a little faster than I would of liked. For now I am very satisfied. Considering the RV’s age, it’s a 1990 years model, I decided to only dedicate $1000 to this project. I don’t want to lose anything when I sell it, (I’d rather have it the other way around.) I bought the RV for $600, added building material/paint/electrical cords/microwave etc for $400. (I LOVE CRAIGSLIST!) I did put in many hours this week working on this project, getting up at 4am every day. I didn’t listen to music, something I love, but instead used the time of solitude to do some much needed thinking. Painting is almost meditative! I have done a lot of painting, as my step father had a painting business when I was a teenager. Most of the painting work went on autopilot.

I think it’s pretty cool that it is possible to spend as little (compared to most housing alternatives) as $1000, and a weeks worth of work, and get a decent place to live out of it. I understand this isn’t for everyone, but I tried RV living before (a total of 2,5 years,) and loved it. It is true that the RV I lived in then was newer, and more modern. This will be different. I feel lighter inside. It’s kind of an almost home, while working on my dream.

Despite the challenge of getting everything ready on time, it’s been a lot of fun!! I kind of like challenges, as long as I feel that they are somewhat doable. LOL. I will post more pictures as the project makes more progress.




Unschooling – School – Home Schooling?


Cowgirl Framed Print featuring the photograph At The Ranch by Maria Jansson


Do you know how you learn? There are different ways of learning. Some enjoy the magic of listening to an inspiring teacher in a class room. Some love reading books. Others love to explore. While others learns best with hands on learning, learning by doing practical tasks. Did you know that some studies show that both children, and adults learn challenging subjects, like a completely new language, faster while playing football (or other sports)?

Learning, and how we learn is something I’ve spent a lot of time studying, and thinking about. I have a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, and I worked in the field before I was blessed with a daughter.

Baby Framed Print featuring the photograph Discovering A Friend by Maria Jansson


Personally I learn best by first reading, or seeing someone do something, and then trying it myself. Hearing someone just talking about a subject doesn’t do much for me. I need to see it, either with the eyes of my mind while reading about it, or seeing a live demonstration.

I still love exploring, and learning new things, it’s one of the ultimate pleasures of life. I’ve been thinking a lot about how my daughter learns. She has always been a little explorer, enjoying the outdoors. I’m doing my best to let her indulge in her current passions, and let them become her teacher’s. I feel blessed every minute I get to spend in her presence. We have been traveling a lot together. I believe she’s seen around 40 states so far (I need to do an exact count.) I haven’t decided yet wether I am going to homeschool her completely, or send her to a public school as a compliment to our lessons. That is something I am going to decide before the end of this summer. She does get plenty of time with other children in her age every week, so she does get the social part.

Toddler Framed Print featuring the photograph Into The Wild by Maria Jansson


To make her education richer her father and I, decided to give her an iPad for Christmas. Even though we are not together anymore, we are on the same page when it comes to her education, which makes things a lot easier. We just started to use ABC Mouse learning program for preschool children. I am very pleased so far. It allows you as a parent to tweak the program to suit what your child needs to work on, while still letting the child choose the activities they want to do. My daughter loves it! I think it will be a great compliment to our hands on learning. Especially since it can be used wherever we are. This was a little different post, to share where we are right now.

If you are a parent, I’d love to hear your thoughts about how your children learn!! do they prefer hands on activities? Exploring? A combination?

Have a wonderful day!!