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.

I took my kids and went.

We came back a couple of days ago, and the next day I slept, slept for hours. It felt like I had been in a storm that suddenly turned quiet. 

I took my kids and went north. To my mum's cabin outside of Bodø, and to an island where a very special family lives. I'll tell you all about it, but I'll leave you with some photos for now. I need to sleep again.

Afternoon bliss.

A year ago: