© 2019 Desmond Louw & Antonia Heil
dna photographers / Cape Town, South Africa / Berlin, Germany
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Siya Kolisi / Springboks Rugby World Cup 2019 kit / shot for Asics

[commercial] A while back we had the privilege to shoot some of the Bokke (Springboks) with their new World Cup 2019 kit for Asics. The 2019 Rugby World Cup is about to happen in Japan… Good luck boys! Go Springboks!!


ISUZU MU-X shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine / Cederberg, South Africa

[advertorial] We drove to Wupperthal and did the donkey trail in the Cederberg mountains. What a blast!! Check the airtime Antonia got in one of the shots. 😂
To see Wupperthal after the devastating fires from New Year’s Eve 2018 was really sad. Much of the historic town was destroyed. Though, we met locals who were super positive with the rebuilding. #sterkte
Shot for British Airways’ inflight magazine High Life.


Volvo XC60 / advertorial shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

[advertorial] When British Airways’ inflight magazine High Life gave us this Volvo XC60, the only brief was to focus on design. So we did. We just love what Volvo is doing on the inside and out. 🙌


Live your winter / campaign shot for First Ascent [outdoor clothing] / South Africa

[fashion] Our favourite thing? A good road trip! Our second favourite thing? Cabins! And we got both… Shooting and producing the Live Your Winter campaign 2019 for First Ascent (outdoor clothing) was great fun. Thanks to everyone involved for a rad adventure, you rocked it!


Kia Sorento / advertorial shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

[advertorial] A lovely morning out with Peter Frost while shooting the new Kia Sorento for British Airways’ inflight magazine High Life. We went to Franschhoek in the Western Cape. The Kia really impressed me in performance and good build quality.


SAKO7 2019 kit / shot in Cape Town, South Africa

[fashion] The 2019 SAKO7 kit (socks and cycling apparel) has just been released. We had so much fun shooting it and giving it a dark-ish edit.


South Africa feature for Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery

[editorial] For a South Africa feature in Cathay Pacific‘s inflight magazine Discovery we got to travel all over South Africa. Kruger Park, Route 62, Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn and Cape Town were on our list (including Chapman’s Peak, Boulders Beach, Cape Point, Kalk Bay etc.). Great being a tourist in your own country! Thanks to the Hong Kong team for giving us such a great gig. Enjoy scrolling through this extra dose of South Africa – loads of sceneries, animals, details, plants… [SA feature was published in Discovery in November 2018.]


Photography Masterclass / for Sawubona, South African Airways inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

{news} Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways’ inflight magazine) asked me ‘How to take great images of cars’. My answers are in the January issue. DNA – Desmond


Zip Zap Circus / editorial shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine / Cape Town, South Africa

{editorial} I documented a few days in Inathi’s life as she works-eats-sleeps the circus life with Zip Zap Circus. Shot for British Airways‘ inflight magazine High Life. DNA – Desmond 


South African Fashion Week 2018 / #StyleBySA / Johannesburg, South Africa

{events} What a great evening shooting portraits for Woolworths’ Instagram & Instagram Stories for the South African Fashion Week 2018. #StyleBySA Thanks to MobileMediaMob.


Absolut Vodka’s One Source Live Festival / 17 November 2018 / Johannesburg, South Africa

{events} Absolut Vodka’s One Source Live Festival [17 November 2018] in Johannesburg, South Africa was a feast for the eyes. Thanks for the gig, MobileMediaMob.


Blue Bulls / shot for PUMA & Mobile Media Mob / Johannesburg, South Africa

{commercial} Brief: Make them look like warriors. We shot the Blue Bulls in the new 2019 kit. Thanks to PUMA & Mobile Media Mob for an awesome shoot.
#bullsarmour

Executive director: Thoban Jappie
Creative director: Dylan Culhane
Retouching: DNA photographers’ Desmond Louw & Joanna Matuszak
Make up & styling: Jules Ruby


Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden / editorial shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} We had the opportunity to shoot the beautiful Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden filled with his powerful sculptures. Shot for High Life, British Airways’ inflight magazine, it was part of a series where we documented people working with their hands. More here. If you’re in the Stellenbosch area, this is a great place to visit with a very lovely coffee shop.


With these hands / editorial shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} ‘With these hands’ is an editorial in the current High Life (British Airways inflight magazine) on people working with their hands and their true craftsmanship. We photographed Megan Miller and the makers of Nette Rose lingerie, the distiller Eugene Coertzen of Brickmakers Distillery, Dylan Lewis’ sculptures and shoe maker S’bosh Mnikina – words by Nick Dall.


Mercedes-Benz C-Class / shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{commercial / editorial} We loved driving and shooting the new Mercedes-Benz C-class for the latest High Life, the British Airways inflight magazine. Pick up a copy on-board or in an airport lounge. It’s a top notch mag!


Bottlenose dolphin capital of the world, Port Elizabeth / shot for High Life, British Airways inflight magazine

{editorial} Port Elizabeth has a reputation as the ‘bottlenose dolphin capital of the world’, but few people know that Algoa Bay is home to half the global population of African penguins as well as the world’s largest colony of gannets – some 200,000 individuals on one tiny island. The bay also harbours two other dolphin species and a host of resident and visiting whales, seals, sharks and fish. Nick Dall and I got salty with some of the scientists and tour operators who are committed to ensuring this decidedly urban marine gem remains as sparkly as ever. DNA – Desmond (with fabulous words by Nick Dall)


Dudley Nkosi / HFR Refrigerated for Scania Legend Magazine

{editorial} With 235 trucks, HFR Transport is one of the largest independent hauling companies in South Africa. Every day its drivers transport time-sensitive loads across this huge country and beyond. Dudley Nkosi, one of HFR’s “road jockeys”, takes great pride in his work. We got to meet and photograph him with his truck for the Scania Legend Magazine.


Rush Sports CycloPlus Dealer Tour #1 / South Africa

{editorial} Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles… for Rush Sports we documented bike shops all over the Western Cape (often in the middle of nowhere). We got into a van full of camera kit, baseball caps and t-shirts to give away. Every time we saw a cyclist, we stopped, took a portrait and gave him or her some freebies. It was so awesome to make these guys so happy and all it took was a cap or a shirt. Our country is full of amazing people. Have a look at the full Rush Sports CycloPlus Dealer Tour here.


Suzaan and Chris Alheit / shot for Ozy.com / Alheit Vineyards, Hemel & Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay / South Africa

{editorial} We spent some time with Chris and Suzaan from Alheit Vineyards in the Hemel and Aarde Valley. The goal was to capture some portraits of them for online magazine Ozy.com. What a lovely couple making exceptionally good wine. Read the article here.