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.

New life.

It's been a week full of awe, emotion, hard work, beauty, bonding, excitement and wonder.

I have had the privilege of photographing two births this week, seeing two beautiful baby girls come earthside. On the last one, I drove home from Oslo in the morning hours, and as I came home I went over to the sheep to see if there had been any births during the night. And there, with Bruna, lay not one, not two, but three perfect little lambs. Chocolate brown with a white top of the head, just like their mama. I had walked from one miracle to another. This life, it's amazing!



The simple joys of living.