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.

Birthday girl!

In the midst of the ruckus of moving house, a very special someone turned two!

Luckily, we were pretty well installed in the house by then, so we managed to throw her a little party. The guest of honor herself was in a kind of mountain-high-river-deep-mood, which in itself was a proof of the fact that yes, she is two years old now. She is a very wonderful and very bossy little madam!

That our life was without her, just a little over two years ago, is a mystery. The magical little person.


Yup, definitely two years old.

Moving day.