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.


It strikes me every so often nowadays, I look at you, and am overtaken by surprise at just how big you are now. And how changed you are! I can see it coming, you are transforming into that bigger girl, a step up, a chapter of childhood is closing. What an amazing six years it has been! And what a wonderful person you are, my Freja. There is never a boring day with you (and how happy I am to get to spend them with you, to be home with you most days, to not miss out on much). You are so independent, so clever, so creative and such a spirited individual. Strong and loud and sensitive, all in one.

Happy birthday, beautiful girl. We love you so much!

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Last photos as a five-year old.