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.


Monday was a day out if the ordinary. Went to the hospital to change Wolfie's tube, and discovered that he can breathe well without it!!! I cannot begin to describe the happiness I felt, I almost did a real ugly cry in there with the doctors, it was unreal. The main person, our brave little warrior, was super happy and charming and probably relieved without the tube. His stats were great all day, so we spent the night there to see how things moved along. He was totally fine breathing and chatting away, even flat on his back - which was impossible when he was born, before the tube was put in. It was the first time I had seen him without anything in his face since he was born, so the feeling of kissing those soft cheeks and admiring that sweet face was beyond wonderful. How I have longed for that moment!

The night proved a bit too difficult for Ulv, he had trouble going into deep sleep and was uncomfortable, so I decided it's still a bit early to be tube-free. But it was great nonetheless, and I feel inspired to go on and confident that we'll get there in not too long.

This journey amazes me all the way, and  I feel so thankful for the blessing of our brave little wolf cub. ⭐️

Three months.