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.

Ronja (5) went to a flea market.

This week they arranged a flea market at Ronja's school, where all the kids could bring old toys and clothes to hand in. Ronja had big issues with parting from the two old toys we selected, and claimed that she was going to buy them back with the money she'd bring.

That didn't happen. The girl left with 50 kroner, and came back with bags of stuff. All sorts of stuff. I was baffled at how much she'd managed to buy from only a 50-kroner note, and felt a little proud of my daughter's bargain skills, but then she told me that after her money was spent, she'd just shared her friend Anne's money. Some sort of skill was shown, I guess, good or bad.

The most impressive part of her flea binge however, was the items she'd chosen which proved that we have a real fashionista in the house. She bought herself a whole new look (coat & sunglasses are "new"):


Where her posing skills come from, beats me. We don't have television, therefore she is not subjected to popular culture (poor thing, haha), so I conclude it must be innate.

It's a little bit funny, and a little bit scary.

To make up for the scary/funny/impressive glamour-look (the glasses actually say Chanel on the side!), she bought her little sister an outfit which was very appropriate to her age, if not the season:


Freja also shows posing talent, especially in this one, where she casually looks down so we can see the details on her hat:


Six years old!

He is here.