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 heart of the house.

I love my kitchen.
It is a great workspace for me and Mr. Payne (and our little helpers), with enough room to mess about with our different food projects. As we strive more and more towards self-sufficiency, we find ourselves increasingly making things from scratch: breads, jams, pickles, fruit juices, ice cream, butter, as well as the everyday food. And the great and so gratifying thing about it, is that when we do our weekly shopping, we notice that we buy less stuff! The inspiration we get from that keeps us going on, and having a kitchen that allows for these projects, is essential.
The other part of my love for this room, comes from the life that goes on in it. It is the centre of our family: where we play, dance, draw, paint, do homework, sew, eat (obviously), read, talk. This room embraces our living together, it is truly the heart of the house.

Happy Friday.