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.

Milestone / Six months!

When we were in the thick of it, when everything seemed chaotic and scary, I remember thinking: When you are six months old, all this will be in the past, life will be easier. February 15th became a milestone in the future, something to stretch out for in rough times. And now, we are here! You are a whole half year! And life certainly is easier. 

Ulv River, you are such a shining light. Through the mess, you sparkled and led the way. I've said this all along: If I'd only listened to you, and trusted what you showed me, I wouldn't have had anything to worry about. You have been my spirit animal. And now, as you have travelled your first half turn around the sun, the days with you are easy and fun and full of laughter and snuggles. How lucky we were to have you! We love you so!

(The photos are taken right where he was born six months ago.)

Best mates.

Liquid gold.