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.


Woke up with a happy leap out of bed at 7 am (without the alarm going off or kids waking me!), looked out the window, noted to my great joy the daylight spreading on the hill, and started the chores of the day with a smile on my face.

Now, enjoying the quiet of the house as all have gone to work & school, having my day off.

Loads of stuff to sort out, but with a start like this, who can complain?



Me & my dad, ca. 1980.