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.

Visit from the barber.

Both lambs and their mothers were relieved of their heavy coats when the travelling barber (aka sheep shearer) paid us a visit on Saturday. They look funny and very naked without their "clothes" on, but it grows back quickly and in good time before winter sets in. And we have sacks of the most beautiful coloured wool which I can't wait to start knitting from!
(if you think it looks brutal when they are handled like that, I can ensure you that it all happens very quietly and quickly, the guy is a pro and it's over in two shakes of a lambs tail)

The eye of the storm.

And while some worked...