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.

The big sleep.

...or, the lack of it.
So tired, I could fall asleep anywhere. The equation is: Freja with a cold/ waking up many times a night + Freja waking up to start the day at 0515 am + busy days at work + work weekend with loads of activities with the students = zombie-Mrs. Payne.
But note: Happy.
Happy-zombie-Mrs. Payne.
It's time to stop writing now, and go to bed. Good evening to everyone, zombies or not!


How to pose for photos...