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.

Love at first sight.

Finally, finally finally. I met my Marius today.
He's still with his biological family on a farm not too far away, and he's going to be in the forest this summer, grazing and socializing with them. Then, in autumn, he'll move out here, to be a part of this family.
He's a year old, and beautiful.
My heart skips a beat when I think about him. Yes, it must have been love at first sight!

Below: Marius in the middle, his mother Vesle-Mari to the left.
Marius (right) and his mother:
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So long, beautiful!

Freja, sitting on the kitchen counter.

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.