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.

Every little thing she does is magic.

As she has started kindergarten this week, and properly (last week was just pretend, just getting used to it), she is now a big girl and surely does not need her mummy to read for her.
I miss her. Although it feels good to start work again, and to get things done with a little continuity (which is a rareity when you have a 15-month old around your feet all day), many times a day I stop and get the feeling I've forgotten something, or that I've left something somewhere, or that something is missing... And then I know, it's that little someone I'm missing.
And then, I realize I'm not getting a lot of continuity anyway, daydreaming like that, so I pick her up early.

José & Georgia.