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.


We seem to have established a new tradition: We share our midsummer night with friends, grill food, play, drink, talk. This year was hosted by us, and the biggest kids slept in a tent in the garden, the babies in the house, the biggestbiggest kids (the parents) hung out till late, and it was lovely as always. And then the other cool part: Waking up the day after in a house full of people. Summer, you are good to us.


Gone fishing.