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.


Some days are so ordinary, and yet so beautiful in all their simplicity. Like today: Kitchen scenes, changing all the time, drawing, writing, playing games, eating, chatting to the littlest brother. Then outside, in the lovely springlike sun. I love that, bringing my camera and just wandering around the fields in the afternoon, saying hello to the animals, talking, just being together. Baby in wrap and kids at my feet. On these days, I feel like such a lucky woman, I feel rich.

Liquid gold.

Enjoy the silence.