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.

Yesterday's party.

So our biggest wonder is 8 years old tomorrow! The only thing to really say is WOW, and keep on enjoying the ride as she grows and changes and surprises us again and again. Our amazing, big little person.
Yesterday was the big day for having her friends over, and we repeated the success of last year (with the same excellent weather!) of hosting the party outside only. It is the stress-free and healthy way of throwing a party if you ask me; no need to clean the house (before or after!), and the kids can run and shout and go crazy as they please. We make a bonfire, grill sausages/ marshmallows/ bread dough, drink hot choc, have a combined treasure hunt/ nature quiz, play hide and seek on the farm and generally enjoy the fun of a good old day out.
Ronja happily said that It's the best birthday party I've ever had! when it was over, and nothing pleases a mummy's heart more than that.
Photos by me except for the one of the girls in the woods by my friend Eli. :)
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River deep, mountain high.

Something magical.