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.

Meet Sorel!

Our wonderful cow Daisy is a mother yet again! Almost a year after she had Pål, she gave birth to a heifer calf (female) - lovely Sorel! And ironically, this birth photographer missed it all! We knew she was in labour, it was obvious when she wandered restlessly around the field today, but she chose to birth in private while the rest of us were peeling potatoes and napping. Regardless, it is great that she did it all herself and didn't need help to pull it out, like last time. Second time mama-bonus!

Welcome to us, Sorel, we hope you'll like it here.

All good.

Come May, come what will.