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.


Apart from being abducted by aliens, it's been a pretty normal and pretty nice old Sunday.

We baked buns, drank coffee, played outside, did some weeding, jumped up and down in the bed, went for a walk down to the river - where Ronja posted a message in a bottle!, did some tidying, had a tantrum (Freja), worked on the roof (Mr. Payne), made dinner, watched a film. Now, food, bath time and then beddy bobos (...as we say. It means hitting the sack, going to bed, calling it a day).

Hope everyone has had a good weekend!

Photo on 4-21-12 at 1.05 PM

My girl.

We had a date last night.