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.

It's time to hibernate.

Woah, my winter sleepiness has kicked in, and today it felt kind of appropriate. We woke up to a frosty (and beautiful) landscape this morning. My fingers were cold and red after I was outside without mittens. There was thick ice in our animals' water buckets. I've kept the fire going all day.

It feels like the shift has come, I'm suspecting that winter has begun. Our cat Boo agrees with me, and can be found sleeping literally anywhere.