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.


The big day has arrived, and our Ronja has started school! She was jumping all over the place here last night and this morning, super excited and happy and just wanting to GET ON WITH IT, and I think all her expectations were fulfilled after the first day. It's both fantastic and with a slight taste of melancholy that we see her off, but I feel confident that she will be well taken care of and have great challenges to come. Our big little girl!

Ronja and her teacher

A very cute bouquet of excited first-graders!

Bye, bye Bøe...

More monkey & more porridge!