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 best playground.

In the forest above our house, Mr. Payne - and the sheep - have done a whole lot of work. When we bought the farm, it had been desolate for many years, and the forest had regrown with a lot of grazing ground being lost. Now, it is gradually opening up and becoming a beautiful place to hang out, for both animals and humans. What better playground can you have, really?

This moment.

Beginnings, again.