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.

Christmas so far, part II.

On the 23rd, Grandad came over from England to stay with us for the week. Daddy baked yummy breads for Christmas lunch, we decorated the tree and put a gingerbread cookie and a tangerine out for Father Christmas, in case he should get hungry while dropping off the stockings in the night (and he had eaten from it when we checked in the morning!). Falk dressed up in his finest clothes and helped out, and my parents came for the celebration of Christmas Eve. Oh and let's not forget Grandads Christmas cake, brought all the way from England and decorated here with the girls.


And then, there were these guys:

Christmas so far, part I.