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.

Must remember...

...to go here, regularly.
Because it's all starting, now.
Had my first day back at work yesterday, and lordy lord was my head boiling at the end of the day. I might have gone more stupid, or slow, during summer, but I think I prefer being a little bit dumb. Thinking is painful!
Hopefully, practice will make perfect with me too. After a while.
Students arriving on Sunday! And again I live the DIY dream/hell that is folkehøgskole - preparing for another school year is both exhilarating and frustrating. But all in all - a privilege. Lucky me.
And as of tomorrow, I have a second grader in the house! A certain someone is very excited.
But now: gooseberry crumble in the oven, and kittens to cuddle.
Nice evening to all!

Another step.

Feline frenzy.