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.


A little person is very soon coming out into the world to live with us, and we are all preparing as best we can for the changes to come. Small signs of it can be seen around the house: the cloth nappies in a shelf in the bathroom, little mittens and hats in a drawer in the hall, wooly clothes and muslins folded and ready to be used, a baby car seat in a corner, the hook for the hanging cot in the beam in the kitchen, tiny bedsheets are being washed, and yes, I think it's time to pack the bag quite soon.
Although this is our number three, it's just as exciting, and wonderful, and a little scary, as it ever has been, and the question of who is it remains unanswered just a little bit longer. Love!

Lately, in this life of ours.