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.


(trying to write with a baby in my arms)

I'm not going to try to explain much of what's going on or how I feel at the moment, because it's too big, too many emotions, too many ups and downs, too much of raw life to make sense of it in writing. But I will say this: Although coming here with the responsibility of an infant with extra needs has been scary at times and many tears have been shed since we came back, being here makes me slowly come together again. I am home. 

Perfect little boy.

Goodbye hospital!