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.

Faffing about.

The days just fly by, and although my main focus of course is the littlest one, I try to get some other stuff done too - at least when the others are away. This is the fun part of finishing the house: painting a bit, putting up pictures, hanging shelves, shifting stuff around, removing something here and adding something there. And thus slowly, but surely, our house becomes more and more us. There's a lot to do, but I'm not rushing. Have to leave some time to just faff about too, you know?
(Below is a part of the girls' bedroom.)

This is the proof!