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.

Golly! It's amazing to be out on days like these. The sun warming our faces from a clear blue sky, hot dogs on the bonfire, everybody playing & skiing & fishing. Three little trouts ended up on our plates (Mrs. Payne of course, felt sorry for them, everybody else were cold hearted savages as usual). Rosy cheeks and messy hair, it's bedtime for two minis. School again tomorrow, for both Ronja and me, while Freja and daddy get to spend the day at home.
Good evening to all!


Little women.

Sun, I love you.