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.

Confusion/ naïveté/ experience.

Typical April; although we never seem to remember her like this. The moment we celebrate spring, see the fields thawing out, spot the blackbird, get freckles on our noses, she turns her back a little bit, and gives us a blizzard.
Oh I know that under that snow, in a day or two, there will be spring, and then it will be for real.
...won't it?

Two years ago today:

I miss you when you're sleeping.