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.

Tomorrow they might all be gone.

The leaves, I mean.
The wind has caught up. In the middle of last night, I opened the window in our bedroom, and the north wind stood into the room, freezing cold and wonderfully fresh. The knowledge that the landscapes surrounding us might change overnight, that all the yellows and oranges and reds might suddenly be swept off the trees, makes me cherish them even more. I soak it in. Because soon there will only be naked branches left, and we will have to wait a whole winter for the colours to return.
'Till then:

Killing time.

Time to act.