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.

Shifting gear.

A little too early, but very needed, I am now slowing my pace down considerably with regards to all the have-to-dos in my life. With a big baby onboard, a lot of energy is poured out; and yes, it is different to be pregnant with two kiddos from before, plus a job, plus a house, plus a farm. So after a few and very clear signals from this body of mine, I figured it was time to listen up and tune down.

I guess it's all about realizing that the world actually is capable of turning without me too - and that now, looking at the big picture, there's a whole little universe inside of my belly who is soon to come out here. And that takes some preparation, too.

I am relieved, tired, and very moved by it all.

Peace & love.


Adventus = coming.

Making the most of it.