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.

In the zone.

As a child, I loved sitting in a big chair we used to have by the bookshelf. My parents had lots of books, and I could spend hours sitting there, headphones on with one of my dad's albums playing (usually Bruce Springsteen or Dire Straits, or some obscure Norwegian singer/songwriter), looking through books, reading a few passages here, flipping through the photos there, suddenly becoming absorbed in something (usually something to do with the universe or the animal kingdom) and just losing myself there. It was entering a world of its own. I can still do it, get into that zone, and it makes my heart blossom when I see Ronja doing the same. Exploring, peacefully, feeding her inner world.

The last touches of summer...

A walk in the garden.