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.

A very special visitor.

There was great excitement about whether the Easter bunny would show up today, so when Ronja discovered that he had left a note on our front door, I heard a joyful shout from out there. Wow, how cryptic - and in ransom note-style even! The Easter bunny sure is clever. (The note says Se under uthuset/ Look under the shed.)
When the treasures were discovered, the littlest one here was very quick to disappear into the house where she promptly started checking out the catch. Yummy!

The view.