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 garden gnome.

...but just a lot cuter than any gnome you've seen before, right? She loves checking out the garden, pulling stuff up, munching on sweet peas, looking for toads. And now, yes! We have stuff to pull up! Carrots in many colours (purple, yellow, white, orange), and turnips, and very soon beetroots. Oh and courgettes (squash) has been harvested, and all the berries are being picked, and hopefully a tomato or two will be ripe very soon.
The joys of the homegrown!

United colors of Freja.

Happy Friday!