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.

Two milestones in a day!

A certain someone Super-cute has definitely left the newborn-phase behind and has started to explore the world around him, which both breaks my heart and makes me want more, more, more. Hello, world!
So today, two big things happened: He started grabbing things on purpose - and he laughed a proper little laugh!
The first thing he tried to grab, was a pen, and the second thing was actually a piece of paper, so Mr. Payne smartly noted that the boy is trying to tell us something. Or, that one day he will be a writer (I choose the latter). What made him laugh, you might ask. Well, that was his own reflection in the mirror. Analyze it as you wish.
Greetings from a very proud mama!

The day we all dress up, eat as much ice cream as we want, and wave our flags.