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.

The first day of May, and yet spring is cold and windy these days. Doesn't prevent us from making the most of it, though!
One of those mornings where you feel everything works out: The kids play nicely together, the baby sleeps in his basket, the man has his day off and is free to work on the farm, the woman can do some baking, drink some tea, light the fire, admire the sight of four lambs playing wildly together in the field, read a little. And then of course, after a while the inevitable happens, harmony is broken, the baby wakes up, the girls start quarreling, and it's time to go outside. And outside we stay, for most of the day, only except for a coffee with friends in shelter for the wind, and lunch/ dinner breaks for the baby. My face feels warm, the wind has made my cheeks rosy, and I feel sleepy from all that fresh air.
May, so far you've been a bit rough, but still, you're very welcome.

Finally finally finally!