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 Paynes & the Smiths.

Happy weekend with visitors from far & away! Of course, they were bound to try the Norwegian outdoors, and as you may have seen before, Mr. Payne takes great pride in his snowracing skills.
Mr. Smith was an easy target...
It was a bit too exciting for some to watch...
But eventually Stella decided to try for herself. Can't be that difficult, right?
Meanwhile, Billie and Mrs. Smith shared their innermost secrets.
And last, a time for comtemplation.


Two years ago today...