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.

After the cleanout.

Yesterday's afternoon work resulted in an empty house and a full container.
It's such a strange feeling emptying a house like that. All the little things you find, imagining this person's life, all the movements in it. And there I am, a complete stranger, going through his stuff and throwing it in a container. Mind you, I am keeping a bit of it, and with much love and gratefulness. It really feels like an honour to have found a place like this.

Sunny afternoon + Freja.

For the fetishists.