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's raining cats & wolfhounds.

The rain is pouring down outside, Freja is sleeping on the sofa. The house is quiet.
Our little one has changed so much this summer, her language is blooming, and she plays differently. She loves sorting stuff - give her a box of things/figurines/pencils/whatever, and she'll start organizing them according to color, shape, breed or type. Where does that instinct come from? This interest in order and systems? It's a mystery.
Said the mother, before she suddenly remembered that the dog is still outside, in the rain. Whoops.
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Home again.

The last days of summer.