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.

Romance & technology.

There are so many love stories. Ask any of your friends, and they will all have different stories about how they met their beloved one. Some are wonderfully weird serendipities, some are friendships turning hot, and undoubtedly some are results of arranged dates - maybe even through dating sites on the net. After a look through The House today, I discovered that these online date services aren't as new and modern as we may think:
Apparently, this dating service had so many women in their database that you could meet with a new one every day for the next ten years. Wow!
The ways to find love are different, and all are romantic in their own ways. I know my love story is - what about yours?

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