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.

Wings for Life.

I know a boy, his name is Isak. He is two years old, and he has the bluest eyes and silkiest blonde hair you can imagine, he is sweet and funny and eager like only two-year-olds can be. He is lovely, in every way. When Isak was only a baby, something happened, something mysterious, because one day when his mamma Mari picked him up from his bed in the morning, he was paralyzed. He had no movement in his arms or legs. The world was shattered, everything changed.

Isak had surgery, many times, and he could move his arms again, and his upper body. But his legs, they still don't move. And noone really knows why.

I know a daddy, his name is Joachim. He is Isak's daddy. Joachim can walk, he can run, he has run a lot in his life, for no reason other than, well, probably because he liked it. Now, Joachim will run for his son, maybe because he still likes to run, but I think most of all, he runs because Isak can't, and because he wants to raise money for research on spinal cord injuries. The organisation Wings for Life will have people running all over the world, together, on the same day - May 8th - to raise money to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Now, you can help Joachim, Mari and Isak (and many others with similar challenges) by donating however much you can afford to this cause. Click here to get to Joachim's donation page.

They also have a facebook-page where you can follow and get to know them a little more, it's here.

Thank you!

Road trip in the rain.

So much it hurts.