I love inspiring encounters. And when those turn into friendship, I feel blessed. In january this year I met Maria & family at Parc de la Mar in Palma. Her son is the same age as my daughter Ellie, which was our first "common feature". But very quickly I knew that we are on the same road - since then our similar mentality takes us regularly to creative and spirited mind excursions. And here we are now, facing eight questions and their beautiful answers :-)
Interview with Maria Hibbs, photographer, mother, wife & life lover.
Maria, I am happy to know you. There is a very nice connection between us - the babies, our love for vegan cooking, our creative minds, yoga practice, … Do you believe in the law of attraction?
I'm so happy we met as well! The law of attraction, yes I definitely believe in that. Although deep down I am more of the melancholic type than I like to be I try to focus on the positive, on being happy, on staying healthy. I also believe in making my own path and in being the director of my own life. This mindset has lead to many great experiences and connections in my life and most recently it put me here on this very island.
Over the last 10 years you have lived in Texas with you husband Steven Hibbs. Born in Germany, how is it to be back in Europe? You chose a beautiful new home for your family: Mallorca! Why this?
It's amazing to be back in Europe! My husband and I have talked about moving for years and knew the time had finally come when our son was born. Our hearts and minds were set on raising him in Europe before he was even conceived. Mallorca had initially not been on our radar. We always talked about moving to Berlin but soon decided that the grey and dull winters were not for us. So one day we sat in front of a world map and searched for a sunny place with an overall good quality of life that would put us closer to my family in Germany. Our fingers landed on Mallorca. Neither of us had been before so we came for a little over a week and fell in love with the beauty and serenity of this island. A year later we became residents!
You are vegan since 11 years now. What was your intention to go vegan? And what do you think about the actual Vegan Boom?
This is a really simple to answer question yet most people are not ready to hear the truth. To say it with Jane Goodall's words: "We are not the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds and feelings." Once this truth enters your brain and manifests in your heart there is no other choice but to be vegan. You will know that eating meat and dairy is not a personal choice.
I became a vegetarian practically overnight at 14 and read a lot about the meat industry, animal testing, furs and other forms of commonly accepted animal abuse. It scarred me for life. I knew I did not to participate in this madness any longer. There was no turning back only shedding more and more layers of participation in this macabre habit of (ab)using animals for my personal enjoyment. It still took me another 10 years to finally go vegan. It's been a fulfilling journey and it is nice to see so many people following their hearts as well and meeting me on this path. The "Vegan Boom" is an interesting phenomenon. It has raised tremendous awareness and needless to say it makes me very happy.
In case you are still on the fence on becoming a vegan, check out the brilliant Vegan Sidekick on Facebook or Instagram (@vegansidekick).
You are mummy of a 1-year-old boy. What kind of family lifestyle do you prefer to live? I just saw you in the Wildling, The Journal for free-spirited families!
I never thought I would refer to my family as free-spirited but that is probably the best way to describe our idea of family life. We question the rules, the beaten path of parenting, the educational system. We want to raise a world citizen, a kind and compassionate human who is able to see the bigger picture and is not just another consumer. Someone who is not scared of speaking his mind and who is always up for an adventure. Indy has been everything we could have hoped for in a child. He is absolutely adorable, sweet and intelligent. An old soul. My husband and I both believe that he has the ability to touch the lives of many people.
Wildling is a beautiful magazine. It's filled with stories of likeminded families. The content is deep and inspiring. The imagery simply stunning. I highly recommend ordering a copy and checking it out. The first volume has a feature of our week long trip to Marrakech.
Back to your profession. You specialize in wedding photography. What is your personal style?
And are you getting into the "majorcan wedding groove"?
As a wedding photographer I tell love stories. I adore photographing two people in love and seeing their affection for each other is truly beautiful to me. A couple's marriage is the ultimate commitment and I am a witness, there to capture all those heartfelt moments and making them last so their children's children can still cherish them. That's pretty special. My images are timeless, romantic, soft, and full of light. After working in the US and other destinations throughout Europe for almost a decade I am entering my first wedding season in Mallorca and I am excited to meet many wonderful people that love this island as much as I do!
Are there any upcoming projects you are working on?
I have so many ideas but not enough hours in the day to explore them all. Currently I am experimenting with watercolor and calligraphy. There is also my new photography website I am designing and a unique children's clothing line I am dreaming about. A trip to Japan is also in the near future..
Do you have some book recommendations?
Two of my favorite books that I find very inspiring are: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and The Mind's Eye by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
You are thankful for…
My husband. He believes in me more than I do myself. He helps me grow beyond what I think I'm capable of. He is also a wonderful father to our son. And I am exceptionally thankful for my own father. He is one of a kind.