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.

On hold.

Between the two people at home in this house today, the conversation mostly consists of sneezing, squeaking with very strange sounding voices, coughing and sighing. So today, all chores and plans are on hold, The Gruffalo is on (plus Pippi, plus Winnie the Pooh), the weeds in the garden can have one more day to grow, the dust bunnies too, for today mummy and Freja are ill. And that's that.
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Our favorite guy and his gorgeous mum!

Where it's at.