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.

Second Sunday...

...of advent, and our chickenpox-infected Calamity Jane has begun waiting full throttle.
How many days until Christmas yet?
Another Sunday, only two candles left now...

I finally finished the calendar, and it makes the waiting a little less tormenting...

The calendar is made up of matchstick boxes, a branch from the birch we felled in the garden, scrap book papers and nice ribbons, and some red paint. And the little presents hide sweets (marsipan, YUMMMY! I almost ate them all making the calendar, but sssh, don't tell Ronja), small gifts (today was a vintage miniature camera obscura with dinosaur images inside, she loved it), or small notes with promised activities written on.
Wishing everyone a good Sunday evening, I'm off to watch the Czech version of Cinderella with my chums (everyone in Norway will know what I'm talking about)!