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.

About guests who invite themselves.

So yesterday, when the girls and I were in the bathroom doing the usual evening ritual, our house was brutally invaded by this band of what we suspect are spies from the barn. They had obviously gone undercover and tried to blend in to not evoke suspicion with us. The constant cackling heard all the way into the bath, gave them away, so I smoothly showed the three ladies the kitchen exit (after having tried to catch them while they "blended in" with the flowers in the window and left remnants all over the place). What sort of information they picked up before we discovered them, is yet unknown, but I presume we shall be faced with it in time.
Another action filled day at the zoo.
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A normal Norwegian Sunday.