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.

To and fro.

So I'm back there again, in the car on dark mornings, with coffee at hand and the radio on (they seem to be playing a lot of grunge these days, takes me right back to the 90ies, they've played Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, three times when I've started the car lately).

And in the wet and dim afternoons, hurrying back to my people, feeling tired, but happy, and excited about getting home. I'm back at my teaching job, this time as a photography teacher (have been a film teacher up until now), after a year out on maternity leave.

A year that changed me, fundamentally.

I'll tell you more about it, later. For now, all I can say is that it's a transition, being back there, it's good, but it'll take some getting used to.


And then there's this one.

2013 // Around the year in one post.