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 first porridge!

Freja is only four months, but she's a big little girl (hence the nickname Chunky Monkey), so we figured she's ready to try a taste of solid food. So this saturday she took her first step into adulthood with a teaspoon of rice porridge! She was very curious and enthusiastic, and the future looks bright, both for baby and mummy (who looks forward to sharing the feeding with daddy, and maybe a little bit of time off every once in a while...).

Treasures from the garden.

Scenes from summer.