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.

I am so proud of Mr. Payne. This photo says it all: The piles of timber, felled, cut and stacked by himself, are very soon going to turn into materials. Those materials are going to turn into our house (the one we're taking over, seen in the background)! Or, the new parts of it. We are keeping the house very much as it is, but making it a little bit bigger, a bit more functional and freshing up the floors and walls a little. All in all, these little things are starting to look like a big project though! Sleeves up, here we go!

Go west!

Morning glory.