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.

Little one.

Her cheeks are rosy red, her cherub skin is burning, eyes are like glass. She clings to us, falls asleep, wakes up again, sighs. Startles as sleep catches her, awakes with a jolt, cries a little. Then back to sleep. As I put her down in her bed, she grabs my finger with her hand. The grip becomes looser as she drifts back into her feverish dreams, another jolt, she looks up at me sitting by the bed.

I'm right here, baby. You can sleep now.


Wild flowers.