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.

Welcome, Cinderella and Prince Charming!

We have two new additions to our band of chickens - a hen and a cockerel, of the Norwegian Jær-høns breed. The new inhabitants have moved in with much drama though. The three ugly sisters are very jealous of Cinderella's beauty, and Prince Charming has eyes for nobody else. Hopefully, the ugly sisters will lead him into temptation soon, so we can have small chicks hatching from all of them. It's what he's paid to do, after all!
The newcomers in all their glory.
Cinderella finds it all too intimidating, and decides to hide behind her hero, ostrich style.
One of the ugly sisters, striking a very threatening pose towards Cinderella.

Making the best of it.

How to baby proof your house.