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.

Traces and remnants.

Most farms in Norway have a summer grazing land with a cabin in the forest or the mountains, what we call a seter. That is where they would take the livestock up to in summer, and one or two people would live there and look after them. Our farm also comes with one, and it has, like all the other houses here, been desolate for a very long time. It is in a beautiful place in the forest a fair walk above the farm, but the vegetation around it has completely taken over and the place is left in a state. It almost looks like they just got up and left in the middle of dinner.
And that of course, tickles my curiosity: Who was last here, and when? What did they do? What's the story with all the pictures and notes hung on the walls, and who used the three washcloths still hanging there? Many such questions.
Anyway, it's a good place for taking pictures. And we dream about cleaning it out and making it nice, so that in summers ahead, we can ride up there and stay over.
Who needs expensive holidays abroad when you can do that?

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