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.

A month ago today.

Still, tears well up.
I was about to post another typically self-absorbed post about something puny going on in my life, when I started watching the memorial concert after the massacre and bombing in our country a month ago.
Suddenly, I felt really embarassed.
Not that I don't think the events of my family life are important, but it just felt wrong to focus on us, now.
I'll try again tomorrow, perhaps. 'Till then: 

Scenes from the girls' room.

Another step.