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.

Happiness is a warm gun...

...said John Lennon, ironically. Days like today call for the truth, the clichéd, non-ironic, romantic truth.
Because on days like today, happiness is green grass, seeds in a pot, buds on a branch, two eggs in a nesting box, seedlings bursting out of the ground, and laundry on a string, outside.
I am in love with my life, and spring.

Before 0830 this morning:

Stop the press!