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.

Miss you so.

When fear starts lurking around my door, all I want to do is have my loved ones close, keep them in my embrace, keep my pack together. After today's events in Oslo, I want my Ronja here with me, now. She is on holiday with my mum, and it's too far away. A worm of unease keeps moving around in my gut.
I think that when we feel threatened, we feel and act more like animals. Good, isn't it. Nature comes into play when we can smell the margins of our existence.
Says me, safe on my farm, far from the dramatic events.
My love goes out there, now. Be safe!

Such sadness.

What happens when you stop.