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.

Beloved Saturday! It all started very right; I was indulged a lie-in, which was much needed. Of the most charming aspects of pregnancy aren't the interrupted sleep, the state of not-being-able-to-sleep-on-my-belly-anymore, the constant lethargy and frequent yawns coming from me. So yes, getting to sleep a couple of hours more than normal is wonderful.
Ronja has friends over, we've all had rice porridge (as is the custom on Saturdays), the girls have picked flowers from our garden and then gone into the forest to play, Freja does her normal monkeying around, Daddy works on the house, I knit and yawn while thinking about dinner.
Now, more procrastinating before dinner actually has to be made. Apple crumble, perhaps?
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I wish I was a cat.