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 sneaking suspicion.

Both of our cows are in calf (pregnant), but with a few months between them, and it is with great excitement that we await the first one. We had Daisy inseminated twice with two months apart, because it didn't seem like she held it the first time, but now Mr. Payne has increasing suspicions that she actually did. Meaning that we probably will have a calf here at Zoo Payne a couple of months earlier than we thought: in the beginnings of March! Wee! 

Fortunately, we have practiced our dairy skills for a while, so we won't be completely taken aback by the sudden increase of milk in the house. Mr. Payne is becoming quite the expert yoghurt/butter/cheese/sour cream-maker. Lucky us! 

Below: Not our cows, these girls live on our friends farm.



Happy Friday!