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.

Thank you.

...for all the birthday wishes and wonderful words you people send me. I appreciate them so much!

Sincerely, with love, thank you.

Days are flying past here, I have so much I want to share here, but there just isn't enough time. I'll let you go with a contemplative photo of our trusty old rubber duck. This duck was actually very close by when Ulv was born: When Falk saw me getting in the birth pool, he instantly ran and got the duck. So there are photos of me having contractions in the pool, with this lovely little duck swimming around, they are legendary (but not for the public, haha). So I guess I should thank the duck, too, for being there for me. My very own doula-duck.

Ok, I think it's time for bed now.


The Weird Duck Lady.

Last photos as a five-year old.