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.

One of those days.

Head full of cotton today, wonder if I might have allergies (the grass is allegedly in bloom now). I'd win a sneezing world championship easily!
Lucky me though. Because I have a daughter who served me breakfast in bed today. When sharing a bowl of muesli yoghurt with two messy-haired stars in bed, with the rain pouring down outside, I forgot about sneezing and puffy eyes and lethargy. It was one of those moments, on one of those days.

Sandy's house, Luz, Portugal.

Gone fishing.