Schön, dass du hier bist. Nice to meet you.

I'm Maria, a German-American travel, food, and portrait photographer based in Berlin. I speak both English and German fluently. 

I studied journalism and media communication and then realized that photography was what I loved most. For the last ten years, I've specialized in editorials, books and corporate photography. I am also a Certified Online Marketing Manager with a lot of first-hand experience, and I know what you need to shine online. 

In 2020, I celebrated my author debut with my German travel cookbook, Eating with Africa ©DK Verlag. 

I grew up with alternative-thinking parents; we traveled the world until I was 16, never living in one place longer than two years. My childhood taught me to adapt, think outside the box, and be creative. Currently, alongside my career as a photographer, I am learning everything about nutrition and regenerative farming.

I believe that we are all much more capable than we think, that the journey and not the achievement brings happiness and that everything is "figureoutable."


What I do

Food and Travel
Wine and Travel
Wine stories have been around for a long time...I try to do it differently.
Reportage and Travel
I go the extra mile.
Corporate Photography
Portrait Photography
Yoga Photography
Food and Drinks
I specialize in natural light and on-location shoots.
Eating with Africa
My African travel Cookbook.


Helgard Below

"Nur wenige Fotograf*innen beherrschen die Food-, Porträt- und Reisefotografie … so perfekt wie Maria. … Mit ihrer Fähigkeit, sich schnell auf Menschen und Situationen einzustellen, kommen zudem Leichtigkeit und Lebendigkeit in ihre Fotos." 

Peter Hossli
NZZ am Sonntag 

"Maria Schiffer ist eine leidenschaftliche Fotografin. Sie beobachtet genau und lichtet Menschen in ihrer ganzen Menschlichkeit ab. Marias Arbeit «Eating with Africa» ist aus meiner Sicht eines der spannendsten und vielfältigsten journalistischen Projekte der letzten Jahre. " 

Anne Stolba

"Marias Bilder sind immer auf den Punkt; kreativ, mitfühlend und liebevoll.


Magazines / Publishing Houses

Der Spiegel; Geo Saison; Der Feinschmecker; Der Tagesspiegel; Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG - GaultMillau-Channel; Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH; Südwest Verlag GmbH; Süddeutsche Zeitung; MERIAN; BRIGITTE;
BRIGITTE Mom; BRIGITTE Wir; Stern; BEEF; Emotion; MAX Magazine; Lufthansa Magazine; Swiss Board Magazine; Gruner & Jahr Corporate Editors; NOW / otto group; Chancen / KfW Bank; Werte / Deutsche Bank; SonntagsBlick; Robb Report; FOODIE; DVZ Magazine

Brands / Companies / Agencies; Shutterstock, Inc.; BRLO GmbH; VRANKEN-POMMERY Deutschland & Österreich GmbH; HAWO GmbH; BRUNATA; Sunshine Smile GmbH - PlusDental; bp content; Stories, Drama for Brands; ZUVA; Baby Box and Family; HappieHaus Wellbeing GmbH, Yoga Barn; Weingut Karl Heinz Gaul; Matcha Shop; Natural Mojo

People / Personalities

Eating with Africa

"Eating with Africa" is an African travel cookbook. It's my culinary journey through 10 African countries and a collection of 50 personal recipes and stories. The book is available in all German-speaking countries. 


Awarded 3rd place in the international cuisine category at the German Cookbook Award 2020.

Awarded the Gourmand Award Best in the World 2021.

© DK Verlag


Watch the Trailer of Eating with Africa, featured on the Frankfurter Buchmesse, 2020.


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