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.

It's all happening.

Speaking of the cycle of life (previous post):

Life is about to explode on the farm these days. Not just in the trees where the birds are singing like maniacs and the leaves are popping out, or in the ditches and meadows where new types of flowers show their beauty every day. As I write this, I can hear the chirping of baby chicks in the nesting machine next to me (yes, my office is both an office and a chicken incubator), one has hatched already and more will come during the night and morning hours. In the sheep pen, we have ten round bellied mamas-to-be, ready to pop any day, and our beautiful cow Daisy is again about to become a mama, any time during the next three weeks. Busy and exciting times!


Goodbye, Pål.