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.

Working weekend.

Alas. I spend my weekend at work (as a teacher at this type of school, a part of the job is to sleep there and stay there and hang out with the students, who live there), which is not bad at all! - but now, I miss them, and wouldn't mind cooking with Freja, or drawing with Ronja.
I guess missing each other is good though, as long as it comes in small dosages...


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