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.

Recipe: Spinach soup.

I was boasting about making this soup on Instagram yesterday, and someone asked me to share the recipe, so here goes:

For a generous pot of soup, you need

600 g spinach

1-2 onions (depending on how much you love onions)

5-6 cloves of garlic

3-4 tablespoons white flour

6 dl wholefat milk

a dash of cream

1 litre of vegetable stock + water

salt + pepper

olive oil

Fry the onion + garlic in the oil on a low heat for a while, mix in the spinach (good idea to remove the stalks), and let it simmer until the spinach has collapsed. Add flour and stir well, add veg stock and water, bring to a boil. Bubble bubble, and then add milk + cream, bring gently to a boil and add salt + pepper as you like. Mash the soup nice and creamy.

Boil loads of eggs and serve with it, and voila, you shall become super strong like Popeye!



Six weeks.