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.

Sigh/ Life in transformation.

Again, one of those moments, where I feel like time just tornadoes through me, and I grab myself repeating the same clichés over and over. She is transforming, reinventing herself, becoming more her, every day.
I, on the other hand, hold back, want someone to jump the brakes, I'm not ready. Not there, yet.
And then I think, the only way to live in it without collapsing into melancholy, is to let her grow. To make friends with it, to welcome the new her every day. To love her and see her and dive into the stream of it.

(Yup, that's what I'll do. Until next time it grabs me, at least.)

Happy birthday!

Everyday life.