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.

Peeping Mum.

I looked out the window, and luckily I had my camera at hand, because there was a little moment of everyday magic: Ronja, with a lamb in her lap (the one we call Lillebjørn), sitting on the front porch in the afternoon sun. She chats away to him, points at things, scratches him, looks out on the view. After a while her little sister joins in, and there they are, my girls, sharing an everyday experience without any idea of the beauty of it. Only their mother sees that, except she has tears in her eyes so she doesn't really see much at all. Children do not see the world as beautiful, they are just in it, naturally, without distance. It is only us, the grown-ups, the aliens, who constantly step back and regard the world, and see it as if we were far away, as if it were a painting, as if we need to describe it. I wonder when that shift happens? DSC_0195DSC_0202DSC_0207DSC_0210

Got milk?

Finally finally finally!