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.

A year ago today...

...I took this photo of my gorgeous husband.
It was -20 degrees outside, but the crazy hunk was determined to do his job... - and off he went, into the forest, to fell trees. I remember finding the remains of bonfires he'd made those days, when I walked in that same forest in spring. Visualising him there, sitting by the little bonfire, alone in the forest, in the arctic freezing cold, grilling a sausage, coffee in hand. And happy. Most of all, he'd be happy, and very, very pleased with himself.


"So", she thought to herself, "I've married an eccentric".


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