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.

Friday afternoon timeout.

A whole week of monkeying around can wear out even the strongest of us.
The Foofa falls asleep in my arms, and the weekend is here. Lovely! Red wine and finally some time with the handsome man of the house (I am referring to the one without a beak and who doesn't go "cockadoodledoooo" in the morning now).
Can it be better? I think not.
Bilde 230

An exciting time for the Paynes!

Heart to heart.