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.

Treasures: Kangaroo Care.

I have a series of posts I call Treasures: Introducing people who do or make stuff more people should know about.

I don't remember how I stumbled across Kangaroo Care, but it was a while ago; and I decided then that when I was having another baby, I would shop there. Varja is from Estonia, the mother of three, and she makes the loveliest handmade breastfeeding & babywearing necklaces and bracelets out of crochet covered wooden beads and plain wooden beads. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, all natural, but they are also really practical. Little fingers love playing with the beads, and little gums can safely chew on them, without fear of bad chemicals or that they should come loose. No more pinching your nose and pulling your hair while feeding or carrying your babe!

Visit her website here: www.kangaroocare.eu or her Etsy shop here.

Modelled by my friend Mari, her babe Syver, and my little Wolfie.

So much it hurts.

Almost spring.