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.

Five (and fabulous!).

The day has finally come - you are five!

Wonderful colourful strong beautiful sensitive Freja: You are an adventure. We are so happy and so lucky to share this life with you. You spice up our days with your feistiness, wicked sense of humour, creativity and uninhibited love. Your love of nature and the way you care for everyone around you touches our hearts. You are a magical mystery!

Happy birthday Freja, we love you so.


My growing heart.