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.

Me & my tree.

As far back as I can remember, I've been really hung up on trees. I have always had one or more trees around, who have been mine, who have drawn me to them. I remember one especially, it was in the middle of a wheat field, and I'd look at it every time the school bus drove past, I'd look at it twice a day and I just loved that tree. It was a simple pine tree, but it was beautiful. It's still there.
My current tree is this. It's an oak, in a field, on the side of the road. I've watched it change through the seasons of the year, and it's so majestic and beautiful and solitary. I drive past it twice a day, and every time I pass, I send the tree a little look, just to confirm that yes, we have a secret friendship, it's you and me, I see you.

Indian summer.

Our girls.