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.

365 days...

...have passed since I sat there, belly full of baby, face full of sun and soul full of wondering.
She's a year old in just a couple of weeks, and it puzzles me so much to think about the time when she was in there. We were so curious about the little creature in residence. It's the best kind of wondering, because you know you're in for something great no matter who the little person is!
365 days, and it feels like a lifetime ago.

The mutts.

Butterfly, fjärild, mariposa, borboleta, sommerfugl.