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.

Chaos is complete.

We have finally moved all our stuff over from the old place to the new (AND we have internet again!), but the mess never seems to end. When I move one thing to its "right" place, I instantly find something else that needs to be sorted out. And there's a lot of stuff, jeez! Mr. Payne has already done his back in from all the carrying, so we're all glad it's coming to an end. So my days now consist of pottering around trying to make sense of it all, while the little monkey is asleep and the bigger monkey is at school. Can't really say there's any reason to feel sorry for me, and in spite of snotty autumn-cold noses and done-in backs, we are a very happy newborn farm-owner family!


These boots are made for walking...

Bye, bye Bøe...