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.

Some days are like a microcosm of life: They take you from happy to sad within hours - and then back again. Today was one of those.
The good part was the miracle of birth: Our friends had their first baby. Welcome to this world little wonder, we can't wait to meet you!
The bad part I'll keep to myself (sorry). I'll live, don't worry.
At last the day was rounded off with the core goodness of my life: My man and my kiddos, a gorgeous autumn afternoon, a walk in the forest collecting treasures (rowan berries, autumn leaves, feathers, stones), happiness.
Little things and big things, all mixed together.

Election Day and lack of sleep.

The girl and the hound.