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.

The last room.

Our bedroom is in the making, and it is definitely the last room of the house to be done up in a long time. No, let's say forever! ...uhm, apart from quite a bit of painting that we have to do this summer, but let's not talk about that yet.
Anyway, my wonderful dad and my wonderful husband (yes, I am blessed) have done loads in a short time in this room - you should have seen how it was - and it's not far from being habitable. Then, then, then, finally, we can all live in and sleep in and furnish the rooms that we are supposed to have in this house; the girls can move into their spacious and gorgeous room, which is done but now us adults sleep there, and the little spare room, where the girls sleep now, can be used for storage and guests (storing guests, haha), and the hall can be emptied of all the s t u f f which is piled up there and become a proper workspace, and, and, and... You get the picture.
In short: I CAN'T WAIT.
PS: The panel on the walls is from our own forest!