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.

Summer bliss.

Because we have started a dog motel/kennel on the farm this summer, we are not going on any lengthy holiday. Lots of dogs living with us make it difficult to go anywhere as a family, so I have taken the kids on some day trips here and there. Like a couple of days ago, we went to our friends' lovely cabin on the coast and went out to an island. Sand, salty sea and sun - what more could you ask for, really?

Ps. We were there last year, too. Remember this video?

Tribal life.

Preparation has begun.