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.

Back to work.

I'm back in the zone, doing what I love: I am officially off maternity leave and working again. It feels good - and it feels right. Having the privilege of being self-employed means that I schedule my weeks myself, I do what I want when I want to, so I still have plenty of time with my baby and the rest of them. 

These days I am, among other jobs, waiting for a birth, the first one in almost a year. It is exciting and magical and I feel so lucky to get to be there. Camera bag is packed, phone is charged, I'm ready!

If you're interested: I do birth and maternity photography under the name hei baby! (www.birth.no), and other photography jobs under Bygdefotografen (www.bygdefotografen.no). Contact me if you're not too far away and want an offer!

Le petit Prince.