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.

In the city.

Sometimes we get our act together, put on some clean clothes, brush our hair and get on the train to the big city. Like today! We took the train to Oslo (Falkie's first time on a train!), had lunch in the sun in the botanical gardens, went to say hello to the dinosaurs and stuffed animals in the museum of natural history, had cake and chocolate and created havoc on the train home. It does feel like extreme sports to go to these lengths with wildlings like ours, but it sure is fun and yes, it makes me appreciate this rural life even more afterwards. 

Enjoy the silence.

Epic fishing trip.