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.

New secrets revealed. Yay!

It seems like almost every time I wander around in our new (old) house and garden, I find treasures and hidden beauties. It puzzles me that I've not noticed them before, but I tell you, there is a lot of stuff there, and the garden is completely overgrown. The place has been left alone for over ten years, so its botanical diversity is to say the least chaotic and out of control. Very exciting, and with promises of a lot of work to do for us!
So todays discoveries: Cute boxes and yippie: a peony! (The little monkey in the photos is a treasure, but I knew about her from before and she was not found up at the house.)

Work & play.

A midsummer night's garden party.