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.

The last one born.

...was the one who needed to be taken care of. I said it all along, until that last sheep mama had birthed her lambs, I wouldn't count my blessings. She rejected one last year too, and had trouble attaching to the other one. Sadly, I was right. She didn't want this little mister, so he is now our only lamb who needs bottle feeding (last year we had four, so it's an improvement, anyway). The little sweetie needs a lot of love, and we're taking good care of him.

Meet Stewart! (Mr. Payne aka the barbarian, calls him Lamb Stew, sheesh!)

The simple truth about the perfect celebration.