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.

Mr. Payne, the handyman!

The ever so resilient (but sometimes a teeny tiny bit grumpy) handyman Mr. Payne has done a fantastic job with the floors in our new house. The rooms had ugly and old linoleum flooring, which has been ripped off and worked with several machinery profesionally handled by Mr. Payne himself. And the result is astonishing! Mrs. Payne is now a very happy woman.

The girls' bedroom.

Our bedroom.

The dining room, experimented on with painted parkette - giving it a very arctic, milky feel...

Mr. Payne himself, now a professional floor-sander.

Our funky kitchen!

Yummy breakfast.

Sweet harvest time!