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.

More fluff.

It does not seem to ever stop snowing, and I can see my husbands biceps growing by the hour because of all the snow he keeps shoveling. He skips out every morning and spends two hours clearing the way for us, the animals, the hay, everything. Meanwhile, I'm inside with the kids drinking coffee and keeping the fire lit. Important work too, you know! 

The kids are loving this weather though, and Ronja especially, because finally she can ski again. The other morning when going to school, she put her skis on (cross country), and virtually flew down the hills. She's so good at it! I wouldn't have lasted a meter before I'd show off an elegant crash landing.

Freja generally prefers lying in a big pile of the snow, munching away on it (not caring one bit about the typical parental warnings about getting worms in your tummy and such), and Falk loves sleeping outside in his pram, in this cotton-like world.

It's quite nice, in its own idiosyncratic way, this winter of ours.


Moments at bedtime.

You are loved.