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.

Payne home videos: Holiday editions.

I've finally got myself around to edit our holiday films, so I'll share them with you guys too.

Kind of appropriate, in a bittersweet sort of way, to post these as autumn is really setting in. I even lit the fire this morning, and my kiddos are snuffling and having sore throats, like you do when summer comes to an end.

Anyway, hope you'll like them.

This one is the "part one" from our Portugal holiday, second one coming up!

(If the video doesn't play well, click on the "HD"-symbol in the player, it will turn HD off.)

Part two.

Road trip.