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.

Portraits of Freja.

You are five, and you get to stay up a bit later than Falk this evening, and the light is beautiful, the temperature just right, it's an evening in late April and you are free. Your hair is wavy and your eyes sparkle and your movements are strong and light at the same time. You are pure beauty and life, you are like spring itself. Free and fierce and crazy, my wonderful girl.

Come May, come what will.

Feeling sheepish / In cuddle heaven, again.