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.


Most mornings, I find myself (or rather, lose myself) stressing around trying to get everything ready for take-off. Feeding the girls, making lunches, doing dishes, packing bags, sorting out animals, trying to put some mascara on, and more, pheeew.
But some mornings are different. Suddenly, there's time. And with time to spare, so comes the good mood, the giggles, the hugs, that extra cup of tea sitting down, the sweet moments. And from that, this family can go out into the world with good feelings inside, and not that knot in our tummies called stress.
What makes the difference? Preparation.
I'm climbing towards the better!

The solution.

Crime scene investigation at Zoo Payne!