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.

The mutts.

This furry girl and her little sister (I'm referring to age here, not size) may look sedate and bored in this photo, but half an hour previously they celebrated spring with a much longed-for run in the forest! WITHOUT snow on top, and even with live ants inhabiting it. If you ever want to see an image of happiness personified (dog-sonified?), you should take two norwegian dogs out for a run in the wild without leads after a foreverlasting winter. It would make even Vladimir Putin smile!

Plaster + pain.

365 days...