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.

The wedding planner.

For some reason, Ronja is really into weddings and brides these days. She asks loads of questions, makes plans, dresses are being sown (for dolls!), and she has created a whole wedding procession in her room, with ponies and a cart and everything. It puzzles me why this has so suddenly occured. It could be because of the recent English royal wedding, but I choose to believe she has just misunderstood, and mixed up wedding with weeding, which we will do a lot of in the near future. Haha!

From dusk till dawn.

Final resting place.