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.

Happy Friday!

As in most homes I guess, Friday is on the top two-list of favourite days of the week in this family.
(I now see that in order to present myself as obsessively positive, I should have written the top seven-list. But I won't. Ok then, let's go for top four-list. That's over half. Now stop rambling, and get on with it!)
So yes! Happy happy! Ronja went to the movies with her friend, had a great time. I stayed home and cleared snot from Ickle Bubba's nose (yes, that's Freja's new nickname, courtesy of Mr. Payne. Don't ask.), while Mr. Payne was at the gym. What else is new? He's running a marathon in April. Don't ask.

This is what happens when Mum and Ronja have time to kill. Don't ask.

Yes, we too can look normal sometimes.

Wishing everyone a merry Friday evening!

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