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.

Little by little.

After a rough spell lately, we all feel somewhat drained here at the moment. Good then, that the sun climbs up over our hill earlier every morning, and that the snow has melted a little bit today, that Freja is better from a serious attack of the flu, and that we still are smart enough to go to bed early on most evenings, as the last weeks of winter hibernation unfold. So, so ready for spring now!

Greetings from the grey faces of the Payne family.


Me & my dad, ca. 1980.