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.

Meet Marius!

See that little horse in the middle there, on the picture below? That's Marius; and guess what - he's moving in with us! He's a little foal born in May, of the Norwegian dølahest breed. They are great horses for working, driving and trekking, gentle spirited and easy going.
I've been into horses for over twenty years now, and finally, for the first time, I have my own. Wow.
Marius will spend the winter on the farm that is also the kindergarten where Mr. Payne and Freja hang out every day, and then come summer, he'll move in with us. Can't wait to get to know him!

Quiet time.

Late November.