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.

How to baby proof your house.

...or shall we say, how to house proof your baby?

This is Freja. She actually agreed with me that it was a great idea to sit in the very small basket.


How couldn't it be -


- when it's full of treasures?


Lo and behold! Scrolling through old photos, I discover a pattern. This mummy invented the wheel twice! Because here is Ronja, about six months old. Loving the basket too!


This is how we do it. Simple, and easy.

Welcome, Cinderella and Prince Charming!

Six years old!