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.

From dusk till dawn.

Finally, some rain! I had my students over for a goodbye-barbeque yesterday evening, they are leaving on Friday, off to the rest of their lives... It's always a bit sad to see them go. We sat in the garden, ate and talked, and the evening was perfectly rounded off by drip-drop rain on our noses. It's so refreshing after such a dry period!
...and when we got up this morning, the fog was beautiful on our hillside, and the sun broke through bit by bit. Magic!
Wishing everyone a lovely day! I'm going out to further prepare the vegetable garden - we've got loads of seedlings in the window, aching to get out there!

Spring term comedown.

The wedding planner.