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.


People sometimes ask me if having all those animals is a hassle, with the amount of work attached to it. And yes, sometimes I do think life would be easier if we had only ourselves to look after, if we didn't commit to taking care of all these other beings. But that is very rare. Because on most days, there is a moment or two, where I think we are so blessed to live like this, that our children are given an invaluable gift of compassion and responsibility, of trust and love and empathy, by living side by side with beings other than themselves. Like Billie, for example. There is no better teacher of patience, love, calm and devotion than she.

Mrs. Payne on TV.

No ordinary day.