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.


Four flights in ten days. The girls like it, to Mr. Payne it's the most ordinary thing (he worked as a pilot for 8 years), to me it's hard work. I do it, and I try to not show my worry, but I can't stand it. Lucky for me, he's there to give me theory lessons on all the aspects of flying during the flights, and that helps. Also, the touchdown is such a relief, it's almost worth it.

At Grandy's.

The annual pilgrimage, part II.