© 2019 Desmond Louw & Antonia Heil
dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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about us

DNA {Desmond Louw and Antonia Heil} is a multidisciplinary creative photographer/producer duo based in Cape Town (South Africa) and Berlin (Germany).

Our careers started in engineering and journalism before we found our niche in car, commercial and people photography. DNA has been a successful company since 2009.


DNA shoots:

  • advertising campaigns for commercial clients
  • editorials for car, motorcycle, bicycle and travel magazines
  • international and local car launches and driving experiences
  • press launches and press kits
  • events and concerts (incl. real-time retouching) 
  • stills & behind the scenes during TV commercials
  • portraits of people {and their spaces} for print and online magazines {interior, lifestyle, interview etc.}
  • weddings
  • and much more.

DNA provides full-on production for still shoots.


Professionalism, research and playfulness are essential to our work. Magic happens when you bring like-minded people together.
Beside our commercial work we are involved in several other projects, check out Freunde von Freunden.

To stay up to date you can follow us on Instagram {Desmond / Antonia} and Facebook.

Feel free to contact us: a@dnaphotographers.com

P.S. We speak English, German and Afrikaans

Clients include

AASA / Absolut Vodka SA / ADAC / AD Architectural Digest Germany / Adidas / Adidas Eyewear / AMCI / Appelberg Publishing / Artsy / ASICS South Africa / Audi Germany / BBC / BETC Paris / Bicycling Magazine / Big Concerts / BikeRoutes / Blue Bulls / BMW / Bold Cycles / Boston College / British Airways / Business Day Wanted / Cathay Dragon / Cathay Pacific / Cape Union Mart / Cedar Communications / Cedar Hong Kong / Channel 4 / Chevrolet / City of Cape Town / Condé Nast / Discovery / DriveOut / ELLE Decoration South Africa / Ferrari / First Ascent / Fornessi / Freunde von Freunden / GTBank Nigeria /  GQ / Harley-Davidson / Hero Film / Honda / High Life Magazine / Huisgenoot / Iron & Air / ISUZU / ISUZU Motors South Africa / Jaguar / K-Way / KLS Martin / Land Rover / Love Circus / Mace / Magai Production / Media 24 / Mercedes-Benz / MINI / MobileMediaMob / MUA / NCAP / Nemiroff / Nissan / Opel / OZY / Panorama Knife / Pedersen and Lennard / Performance Brands / Peugeot / Porsche / Puma / Rapport / Red Bull / Robot / Rolling Thunder / Rolls-Royce / Rush Sports / Sako7 / Schindler & Parent / Showtime Australia / South African Fashion Week / Sporttotal EVENT gmbh / Standard Bank / Standard Film / Subaru / Superunion / Tatler Magazine / Techpro Safari / The Aleit Group / Tinie Tempah / TopCar / TopGear / TopGear South Africa / uniWines / Virgin Active / Volkswagen / Walden University / WeChat / WegRy / WMW / Woolworths / YOU

Our work has been featured in BBC TopGear, TopGear South Africa, TopCar, Iron and Air, ELLE Decoration, Zeit Magazin, Visi, Glowbus, Glamour, Fairlady, Miss Moss, Blog Buzzter, CapeTownMagazine, Seasons, Get it, 10and5, mblife, Freunde von Freunden, Red Bull Bulletin, Rapport, Fahrkult, Digital Photography, Brigitte, Herb Lester, RetutPro, Wedding Album Magazine, The Pretty Blog, Style Me Pretty, Eye Scream, Vitra, Huisgenoot, BusinessDay Wanted, AD Architectural Digest Germany, ADAC Reisemagazin, Bicycling Magazine, High Life Magazine, Tatler Magazine, NdaniTV, Ozy, Discovery, Sawubona Magazine and several other print and online publications.

Awards: Motoring photographer of the year 2014 {South African Guild of Motoring Journalists}

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