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.


We sold most of our sheep this autumn - our beautiful flock had to go. With Wolfies health issues and a lot of other things happening, we had to make some priorities and make sure we had a little bit less to do. We kept two though, lovely Thelma and big guy Stewart (formerly known as Lamb Stew). They are not related, so they were allowed to breed, and the other day two fluffy little lambs were born. Thea and Torben, welcome to the world!

Morning paddle, morning walk.

Rebirth/ New beginnings.