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.


I hurry home from work to be with these folks, and pray that a certain someone hasn't taken his first step while I've been away that day. So far so good, but it's getting close now! Golly.

His new favorite pastimes are building blocks, throwing a little ball, and generally crawling around on the floor while hollering "nom nom! nom nom!". He's a food freak, this one. And a very cute one at that.




And then there's this one.