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.

A year ago:


I can't believe how far away it seems. That belly, the heaviness, the anticipation of what was to come, the dullness of waiting. It feels a bit like a different lifetime. And inside there was a wolf cub, a little person ready to make a huge impact on the world around him. It was hard, that day and the ones that came, but there was a lot of love too, and magic.


⭐️ {photo by my wonderful friend Wenche whose third birth I will attend very soon} ⭐️

I took my kids and went.

Camping in paradise, part two.