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.

Great kid, great day.

Another lovely celebration of a birthday in this family. I love the simplicity of how we do it: just light a fire in the forest above the house, invite friends, grill food, have treasure hunt, eat cake, play and talk and enjoy a full day of fresh air and good company. The main person lived the day to its fullest, and was so happy with it all, ending the day with huge yawns while stuffing her sweet little face with cake to the very last minute. In short, exactly as it should be.

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes both here and on facebook/instagram! Love!


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