A mother of four, photographer, nature lover. Someone trying to make sense of it all, through photos and stories. 

I try to be free in all senses of the word, so I made the leap and now work with what I love doing; taking pictures, storing this life in moments, both for myself and for clients. My heart is in photographing birth and motherhood, but I take on just about any photography job. 
(See my birth photos at www.birth.no and the rest of my work portfolio at www.mariavatne.no.)

I live on a farm in Norway with my man Nik and my children Ronja, Freja, Falk and Ulv, plus a bunch of animals. We grow our own food as far as the seasons allow it, we don't go to kindergarten, the three youngest ones will be homeschooled.

We govern our own lives, we strive for independence, we want to be in this life wild and free and full of love.

Camping in paradise, part two.

We've been back to this perfect place - and it isn't the last time. The simplicity of living like this is addictive.

And there is nothing cozier than to snuggle up with your kids in a tent after a long day of just being outside, of fishing for crabs and starfish, of playing and climbing, of soaking up the sun and wind, even a dip or two in the sea. I am definitely getting used to this!

Below is a collection of photos from our two trips: (click on the images to see them big)

A year ago:

Camping in paradise.