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.

We've had a fabulous weekend with the other Paynes - just like my previous post indicated!
On Sunday we invited my whole family over for a sledging day out, in our steep field which is perfect for some real action filled sledging. The brothers Payne got their competition instinct going, which was very entertaining for us all to watch. Grilling sausages on the fire and watching the sun set over the hill made the day just perfect!






Grandad and Stella went skiing:


In this run, the oldest brother Payne was the champion and the "little" one had to bite it...



What could be better than...

Happy happy, joy joy!