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.

Where he used to roam.

My husband. My love, my rock.
The mystery of him, of who he is and who he has been. Who was that little boy, running wild in the fields, in the woods, on the farm? Armed with an axe and with his little brother as his trusty sidekick, he would roam this land.

Now, that land is quiet. The stillness of the fields hold the enigma of his childhood, and it makes my heart burst when I am there. The questions line up in my head. No words come out.
The land is hushed.
It is waiting for new warriors.

The end of innocence.

Scenes from today.