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.


Our fresh fantastic Ronja. After having been out skiing at school all day (they have outdoor school every Tuesday), she has her weekly riding lesson, and after that goes skiing again with her Grandad.
Happy and with rosy cheeks she crash lands into bed and is fast asleep after one minute. Just the light sound of snoring is heard in the room, she's recharging for another day of making the most of it. Love.



Happy Friday!

Mrs. Payne loves clocks.