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.

Election Day and lack of sleep.

A potentially bad combination, it could lead to impulsive behavior in the voting booth that one could regret later. Fortunately, I had already decided what to vote a while ago, so although Mr. Falkster has kept me (and himself) up in the night with a blocked nose and whimpering, I wasn't prone to irresponsible behaviour while exercising my civil right.

A wonderful cup of coffee from my newest baby, the coffee machine (my instagram friends will already know this), and we were good to go.

Let's hope then, that the power is given to those who will let us fight for each other and not just ourselves, and who will let us spend more time with the ones we love.

'Till tomorrow,



Road trip.

What a day.