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.

Out on the other side.

Two new teeth and a bad ear infection with high fever in one go. No wonder we're feeling like a tornado hit us. Luckily, our little star is a lot better now and busy hurrying around the house to find things to scrag and tear down. Normal baby stuff, you know, but how grateful I am for that, after seeing the other side of things. Phew.

Of course, now the rest of us are feeling poorly. Cough, cough. Sniffle sniffle.


From all of us, to all of you:

Oh and I forgot to say...