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.

Poor Bubba.

Poor old Billie. Every now and then, a couple of times a year, when she has been in season, she become delusional. She is convinced she has puppies. Which, of course, she doesn't. And therein lies the problem: If you think you have kids but you don't, you end up spending a considerable amount of time looking for them. And when you can't find them, you end up being really miserable. Such is life for our sweet Bubba these days. We do what we can to console her, the cats even offer as substitute puppies, but to no avail. The dog is depressed, and will stay like that until she forgets about the pretend pups and life continues as normal. 'Till next time.