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.

Drank tea and played cards with Ronja, finally got around to painting the second hand Tripp Trapp my mum bought us, discovered new seedlings in the garden, yay! - went for a long walk in the forest with friends (it felt very appropriate to walk to the top of our wood/hill/mountain on Ascension day), had coffee & chocolate, brought the baby pool out and ended the day in a splishy splashy summery way. Rosy cheeks, new bathed babies, cheese sandwiches, bedtime, thank you, it was lovely, all of it.


Sunny afternoon + Freja.