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.

Family session: Love & chaos captured!

Family session: Love & chaos captured!

A long-time dream came true not so long ago - my friend, colleague and amazing photographer Mona Moe Machava came to visit, and took a whole bunch of beautiful photos of us. 

For such a long time have I been worried about the fact that there are so few photos of me with my children. I want them to see how we were together in this time in our lives, and especially this time, because we are in transition, it is a new time, a chapter is being closed and a new one started. It is a time of rebirth, and it feels so deep and special to have us captured in this way just now. Just as we are, in our chaos and love and silliness and closeness and wonder and weirdness. My love for these photos is vast! And so I want to share a selection with you. 

Green.

Green.