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.

Everyday life can be pretty cool.

The days and weeks of November fly by. I pinch my arm every now and then. I always felt that this month was one of the hardest ones to get through (with January and February), but this year it's been so smooth. It may have something to do with the weather gods being gentle with us, it may be because I'm enjoying my work so much, it may have to do with other things. It surely has a lot to do with this golden girl and the rest of my homies.
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Monday dinner.