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.

Like a punch in the stomach.

Sometimes, but not very often, I hear stuff that grabs me instantly, that go straight to my guts, and I fall in love. This girl was on a norwegian talk show last night, and suddenly there I was, with my jaw dropped open. There was a resonance there, of something I really can't point out, but I was simply mesmerized. (Here's the link to the TV show, but I think that only works for norwegian folks.)

Weekend breakfasts & hardcore missions.

Fox hunting according to Freja.