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.

The last days of summer.

...hopefully not weather-wise, but certainly when it comes to our holidays. The end is near! This week marks the start of Freja and Mr. Payne's new term in kindergarten (this time with them together in the same department, finally!), and I'm slowly starting my preparations for work now, too. In a way it always feels good to come back to everyday life again after a break.
The garden has been slow, but it is starting to give us other yummies than salads now. Dinner today was fish with home grown potatoes, beet roots and turnips (with a generous lump of butter on!), delicious!
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It's raining cats & wolfhounds.

I love a man with a hairy back.