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.

No ordinary day.

So just like that, I was called up and invited to come on the national breakfast show on TV (God morgen, Norge / TV2) two days ago, and today I went. With butterflies going a bit berzerk in my tummy at times, but always with a big smile and feeling so happy, I went into Oslo this morning with my big girl for moral support. What a fun day! I loved being done up a bit, as I am normally a scruffy farmers wife with little or no makeup on, I loved hanging with my wonderful Ronja for a day in the city, and I actually really enjoyed speaking on live television! Who would've thought.  I was invited to talk about my birth photography, and I LOVE doing that, so it was easy, and I could've gone on for ever. I'll post the clip when they've sent it to me, if you want to see it.

Yay for new challenges and bravery! 


Scenes at bedtime.