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 girl and the hound.

(actually, this is part two, part one can be seen here)
Little Freja and big Billie. Mostly it all goes fine, the dog is gentle and good and follows where the little one goes. They're a good pair.
Then, sometimes, the dog remembers that there is something very interesting on the next farm, and those little hands have to let go.
Good then, that Daddy is close by and can run after.

What a day.

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