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.

Holiday mode.

So Mr. Payne & Ronja finally have a week off work & school, and the family can hang out together for a few days. Unlike most Norwegians, we are not going up to the mountains to ski, but are staying put here. It's just so nice to not do anything, to just let the days flow a little, especially when the weather is nice like now. The sun is shining and I have started to believe in spring yet again.
Meanwhile, we enjoy lazy mornings and long hours outside on our farm. Bliss!


Watch out!