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.

Today is a wonderful day, it is the birthday of my hero!
This thought struck me: What or where would I have been now if he hadn't been born? - and gosh that was a terrifying prospect. So I quickly left that thought, and we all went out on a day out in the woods and by the water - fishing, walking, munching & lunching - in short, a solid and sound way to celebrate our Mr. Universe! We made a bet about who would catch the first fish, and you can tell by the pics who won. Como siempre! (She has great fishing luck, that girl. We think it's all about the fishing songs she makes up along the way. Creativity hey!) In our defence, it was the only fish caught today.
The day was rounded off with a visit from my parents who brought cake (as good in-laws do), and then soccer on the lawn. Now: Santana, a slurp of wine and a very chilled out atmosphere.
And, I can tell - a very pleased birthday boy!
Hoping everyone has had a fresh and lovely day off today!