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.

Oh buttery goodness.

(the title of this post is a comment made by the beautiful beehousehives on instagram - she wrote that under one of these photos of Falk, and I love how it describes my munchkin perfectly)


The last few days have been eventful: He crawls around for real, and fast! - and usually while hollering at the top of his lungs. He stands up all the time, holding onto whatever he can find. He waves, and says "namnamnamnam" when he wants food, and screams loudly just to hear his own voice.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this is only the beginning.

Sneak peak.

Four questions at bedtime.