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.

All good.

Sorel's arrival brought many good things: Not just that we are in cuddle heaven again, stroking her supersoft fur and getting to know her, but also the fact that we have milk again! Mother and calf are together, so Sorel gets her share of the goodies, but there is more than enough for us, too. So today I made raw milk pudding, made from the colostrum which is the very nutritious first milk the cow gives after a calving. It was lovely!

Gone fishing.

Meet Sorel!