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.

Spring term comedown.

After hugging sweet students goodbye yesterday, seeing them off to new challenges and adventures, I went home and sat. Time for reflecting upon the term that passed so quickly, to plan the year ahead, with new students and new ambitions. Time for letting it go, and time for a glass of wine with my love, accompanied by our chickens jumping up on the table, a warm drizzle from the sky, and the birds having a party in our forest.

The canvas!

From dusk till dawn.