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.

Around the house.

I'm lucky enough to be working 60%, so I can still be home with my lovelies two days a week. It's just the perfect balance! But alas, today was not the best one. The littlest monkey has again decided to start terrorizing her parents 10-20 times a night (ok ok, maybe not that many). It's so much fun.
So, in lack of other words, or creativity:






Pretty random, I know. I think I'm getting the bug, too.

A genius in the making.

Me and my monkey.