Photographer, Creative Director and Stylist, Hein van Tonder is a native South African with a combination of local, and global creative experience, specialising in food, drink, interior and real estate photography. Since 2022 Hein is a freelancing photographer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Cape Town, creating imagery and content for a wide range of clients.

Winner in 2023 & 2017 at the global Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition and awarded Highly Commended in 2020, 2019, 2016 and 2015, it was the 9th time van Tonder has been a finalist in this world-respected food photography competition, being shortlisted each year since 2015. In December 2019 he won Food Photographer of the Year in the Admired in Africa awards.

His work includes commercial and editorial photography and videography, recipe development, creative direction, cooking in the kitchen and global tasting of all things food, lifestyle and interiors, always contributing to and featuring his work across popular magazines, cookbooks, blogs, websites and social media accounts for clients across the globe.

His popular blog and Instagram account Heinstirred, features inspiring, easy to make at home recipes, delicious food photography images and reels and insider details on exciting foodie destinations across the world.

Realising there is a need for photographers to refine their editing skills, he created online Lightroom training sessions helping photographers of all levels of experience to learn and refresh their photo editing skills

Freelancing as Food Photographer in Abu Dhabi and Dubai please do not hesitate to talk to me about any food photography; styling, recipe development, brand and social media content or other requirements you may have.


+971 (0) 585904708 (United Arab Emirates)
EMAIL hein@heinstirred.com
INSTAGRAM @heinstirred

Represented by MMG Artists
Image Licensing managed by Image Professionals

  • Nespresso (Middle East & Africa)
  • Lavazza (MENA)
  • Villa Mamas (UAE)
  • Deliveroo (UAE)
  • Dots Cafe (UAE)
  • One & Only Cape Town
  • Spinneys (UAE)
  • Nobu Cape Town
  • Aldi (Germany)
  • Quaker Oats (UK)
  • Pink Lady® Apples
  • Blue Ribbon Squares & Bread (Premier Foods)
  • Sauce Capital (UAE)
  • Tintswalo Atlantic
  • Lindt
  • Majeka House
  • La Petit Ferme
  • La Motte Wine Estate
  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate
  • Food and Home Entertaining
  • Burda Media (Germany)
  • House and Leisure Magazine
  • Uber Eats
  • Santa Maria AB (Sweden)
  • Lanzerac Wine Estate
  • Kunjani Wines
  • AMC Cookware
  • Stork Bake
  • Cara Saven Wall Design
  • Sunday Times Food Weekly
  • Taste Magazine
  • Robertson’s Spices
  • Elle Decoration
  • NB Publishers
  • Vondeling Wine Estate
  • The Kove Collection
  • The Grand Cafe
  • Manley Communications
  • Spill Communications
  • Checkers


  • Huffington Post USA, Canada and UK
  • Condé Nast Traveller Magazine
  • Delicious Australia
  • Harpers Bazaar Japan
  • Elle Decor
  • House & Leisure
  • food52.com
  • food24.com
  • Buzzfeed
  • The Kitchn
  • brit.co
  • feedfeed.info


Nikon D850 and Nikon D750, Various Nikkor lenses
Images Purchasing and Usage:
    • The majority of photographs and recipes are for sale at StockFood.
    • This blog and its content is the property of Hein van Tonder of heinstirred.com and may not be reproduced in any form whatsoever without prior permission from the owner or subject to sale via StockFood.

Contact Details :

+971 (0) 585904708 (United Arab Emirates)
+27 (0) 836622101 (South Africa)

EMAIL hein@heinstirred.com
INSTAGRAM @heinstirred

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