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.


It seems this heat wave has passed onto greener pastures (!), so again we are left with a bit of cold draft around us. Today still qualified as a summers day, so I ran out into the garden to check the status this morning. And whatdoyouknow - we have seedlings! Proof below.
Also, the greenhouse is up, and shall bring us lustrious tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers this summer too. The joys of being an old school housewife was topped with pegging up the laundry outside, in the breeze. You know that smell, don't you? Heaven.

The Indian of the group.