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.

Summer nights.

There is something about going to bed in a room still filled with soft light, the windows open and sounds of cattle bells outside, of birds singing, of daddy still working in the yard, his footsteps on the gravel, the wind softly moving the curtains. 

Your hair is soft and moist, you smell of sun and air. Your breath changes, it slows down, gets heavier, steadier. You scratch a mosquito bite in your sleep, shift your head, do a little sigh. Your little brother is beside you, fast asleep, his chubby little toes are sticking out from the sheets, his curly hair on the pillow.

Tomorrow is waiting for you, and it is full of play and work and love and freedom.

Sleep tight, my little wonder.


Baby baby baby.

Welcome Pål // A different sort of birth photography.