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.


Feeling a little bit like her today, working like a maniac in our house, while the sun is shining outside. Hmpf. So much for days off!
Reminiscing a day only weeks ago, but nonetheless of a different season. It was still warm, our sunflowers were still stretching. Mummy and Freja in the garden.
Now: Our noses point us towards winter, and first thing every morning, Ronja runs to the window to see if there's been any snowfall during the night.
Ah, such is life in the north. Only way to deal is to dress in wool, and make friends with it, right?