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.

More signs of Christmas.

Ronjas Christmas exhibition.

The Russian dolls are rockin' around the Christmas tree.

On "little Christmas Eve" (the 23rd), we wanted to see if our fjøsnisse was up for some rice porridge.
A small, but significant "thank you" for looking after our chickens.

And guess who came wandering down from the barn with a lantern in his hand?
(You COULD say that someone was very excited to see him!)

An example of Mr. Payne, on Christmas Eve.

Hope everyone has had a lovely celebration!

Fridge truths.

Signs of Christmas.