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.


More or less important and/ or interesting things lately:

Yesterday, when driving home from work, I checked through the five different channels on our car radio searching for something interesting, and two out of five played a Def Lepard song. Norway, 2012.

The night before yesterday I dreamt that the keys on my laptop computer were replaced with rotten cherry tomatoes. Writing suddenly became more of a sensory, physical thing. And quite messy, too.

Two impulses at once: One, to sit on a Paris café. The other, sending butterflies around in my tummy: Our home is being created, it's within reach, and in only six weeks our boxes will be packed and we'll move up there. It will be beautiful.

OH-SO-PROUD of him: My wonderful, brave, strong, kind, heroic, patient and mysterious husband. He works so hard. I must spoil him.

And in love, always, with those three whom I share my life with. I never knew it could be like this.

Photos below from some of this evening's activities.

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Oh, and lastly: Who are you, anyway? I seem to have readers all over the world, and it makes me really curious.

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A little taste of spring.