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 are now FARM-OWNERS!

On Friday, while Mr. Payne was at work, I figured I'd make a couple of phone calls and test the credit limit on his American Express, and WHOOPS! - I'd bought us a farm! Luckily, it's a beautiful place and Nik was very pleased with me when he came home.

Seriously: WE'RE ECSTATIC!! Our dream has come true, we own a fantastic piece of land on a sunny hillside about 20 km from town, close to Ronjas school, with an unbelievable view all along the valley and with sun from morning till night. We are so fortunate and so happy!!

Summer is here!

17. mai!