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.

One hundred days of sunshine.

It sounds cheesy and unlikely, I know, but it is true. I have known this little man for a hundred days today, and every day with him has been wonderful. He is so easy going and so sweet and I honestly have not had any days of frustration or anxiety or exhaustion with him. In the beginning all he did was sleep and eat, and now he does that plus smiles, flutters his long eyelashes, talks, examines his hands, observes the world around him with great bemusement, farts, does tiny giggles, and generally charms his folks so we all go soft and mushy on the inside.
I feel so deeply privileged. Thank you for choosing me as your mamma, my sweet, wonderful, shining little Falk.

White wagtail.

Snot & flowers.