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.

...and not the lazy or crazy sorts, like in the song (because that's all about summer, remember?), but more monotonous - or at least monochromatic - than in a long time. I'm talking about my local outside environment here, because there's no doubt, November has set in. Like I wasn't sleepy enough from before.
Because of the little wonderful bully in my belly, I am working a little bit less at the moment (it's interesting to feel like an 85-year-old when I walk), so more time is spent at home, where I am supposed to be on the sofa with my feet up, but tend to spend the time working, cooking, cleaning, generally being the uppermost conscientious housewife that I am.
Woosh, that was a long sentence! 
Yoga, knitting and reflecting upon the coming birth will be in focus, I just have to do this-this-and-this first...
I'll start with looking at the trees a bit more, and sit in the field with the animals a bit longer every day. Oh, we had four beautiful deer grazing in the field today! That was a good time-out. Yawn.
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Sisterly love, in different shapes.

Weekends + a must-see.