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.

Stop the press!

She finally did it. The bubble burst, it's all out there, a century-old mystery has been resolved. She told us. And even though we shouldn't say, a secret as big as this is nothing short of a sensation. So we're going to tell you. 

Coming down the stairs this evening, just before bedtime, Ronja told us, with grave face and big eyes: 
She is Superman. Clark Kent is just a decoy, she is the real thing. 
I am so proud. But sssh, don't tell anyone.

Happiness is a warm gun...

Paris, je t'aime.