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.

Christmas so far.

It's been exactly like it should: On the day before Christmas Eve, the local nisse stopped by to see if we'd left porridge out for him. We had! So he left a little something for someone special. On the day of Christmas Eve, my folks came over for lunch, opening of presents, and even more porridge for our own barn nisse (he takes care of our animals). The afternoon was spent eating lovely food at my parents' house and generally letting the Christmas feeling sink in.
Oh yes, and see that little bush we've dragged into the living room on the photo below? That's the cutest Christmas tree ever. Straight from our own forest!
Hope you all had a good one so far!

2012 // Around the year in one post.