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.

Our psychotic dog.

Poor Billie is suffering from a slight phase of confusion these days. She thinks she is pregnant, or rather, she thinks she just had puppies. She had all the symptoms of pregnancy, and when the time came for her imaginary due-date,  she started to follow the kittens around the house, licking them, whining, distressed and restless.
She also suddenly does all sorts of weird things. Like chewing up a plastic bag, or running home when she was let off the lead in the fields. Or deciding that the sofa is hers.
I feel for her, poor woman. I think I'd be a little psycho too, if I thought I had puppies and they turned out to be kittens.

Everyday life.

Breakfast for champions.