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.

Dig it!

Things are going slow with the house project, we are waiting for our building application to be approved. In the meantime, we have taken timber out of the forest and had it cut out to become materials for the house - and we have had our yard dug out and prepared. So much fun to see the changes, and it all suddenly became a lot more real. Also, it made it easier to visualize how it's going to end up.
Butterflies in my tummy!

40 years ago, today...

Those fresh, clear autumn mornings.