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.

So much it hurts.

It's Sunday afternoon, we are alone in the kitchen, I put on a new song I really like. She sings I go out by myself dancing, and I think about how I never have to dance alone, I hold your little body tight and we swirl around the kitchen, just me and you. Your little hands hold on to me, you kiss me with affection and dribble, I sing in your ear and you sense it all, the movement, the music, the sound of my voice. 

My heart feels like it's going to burst, I love you so.

Wings for Life.

Treasures: Kangaroo Care.