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.

Heart to heart.

After a small argument with her, she disappears for a little while, up to her room. Comes down again, with a small velvet bag in her hands and big, serious eyes. Inside, this note.
The world's best Ronja.


Translation: "I'm sorry, mum, for what happened. I love you."
Written intuitively as only a six-year old can.
I hope she never learns to write correctly.

Friday afternoon timeout.

First word!