Food Photographer, Creative Director, Stylist and Influencer, Hein van Tonder is a native South African with a combination of local, continental and global creative experience, now working as a Food Photographer in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, creating imagery and content for a wide range of clients.

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.

He was awarded Highly Commended in the global Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition in 2022, 2020 and 2019 having won the Food Bloggers category in 2017. This was the 8th 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 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.

In 2020 during lockdown, Hein created a custom range of photography background boards that is now used by South Africa’s top stylists and photographers and seen in campaigns and images not just locally but internationally too.

Freelancing as Food Photographer in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 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)
  • Pink Lady® Apples
  • Blue Ribbon Squares & Bread (Premier Foods)
  • Aldi (Germany)
  • Quaker Oats (UK)
  • Sauce Capital (UAE)
  • One and Only Cape Town
  • Lindt
  • La Motte Wine Estate
  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate
  • Food and Home Entertaining
  • Burda Media (Germany)
  • House and Leisure Magazine
  • Uber Eats
  • Spinneys (UAE)
  • Santa Maria AB (Sweden)
  • Lanzerac Wine Estate
  • Kunjani Wines
  • AMC Cookware
  • Stork Bake
  • Majeka House
  • La Petit Ferme
  • Cara Saven Wall Design
  • Sunday Times Food Weekly
  • Taste Magazine
  • Robertson’s Spices
  • Tintswalo Atlantic
  • Elle Decoration
  • NB Publishers
  • Nobu Cape Town
  • 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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