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.

Working together.

Ok, sometimes it takes a liiiittle bit longer to get things done, but we still firmly believe that including the kids in our daily work is good and important. No matter the mess! (It is actually a very good zen exercise on how to keep calm in the storm; for example cooking lasagne with three kids helping.) This afternoon, moving wood into the shed was eagerly helped by strong, little hands. 

(notice Freja happily whistling away on the second to last photo)