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.

Photo session!

In the event of Freja's one year celebration ten days ago, we went on a field trip to the photography studio at the school where I work, to try and catch her magic on camera. I had the chance to test my lighting and studio skills, which did feel a bit rusty, but not depressingly so.
I was actually quite inspired, so there might be more studio work to come!
Note: I have photographed a few kids in the studio before, and every time I do it, I am more and more impressed by the REAL photographers who do this for a living. It is so difficult, the kids move so fast, and it's a wonder that the photos are even in focus, haha!


Go west!