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.

Happy after a great celebration of Ronja yesterday. Woke up with a feeling of contentment. Do you get that feeling sometimes? Like everything is in its place.
And today, the sun was warming our faces again, I pretended it was spring a little bit. And Dad and Mr. Payne went berserk in the house, tore down the old stairs and a wall, we could hear the banging echoing in the valley, haha! We also enlisted another member of our zoo today. A little mink came around up at the house, totally nonchalant and completely ignoring us. Such is life in the wilderness!
Now, Fleetwood Mac and a beer.
Hope yours was equally good!

Happy birthday!