These photographs above were taken seven years ago, I had just got my D200 and captured Samantha and Daniella on the farm.
There must be something about living on a dairy farm, the fresh crisp air, horses, creamy farm milk and of course the stars on a clear night that draws one back to Cradock in the Eastern Cape. The last time we came down with the boys was exactly seven years ago, they are now a lot older, more strapping in their swagger and full of confidence. The transition from boyhood to manhood was evident or perhaps I was just becoming more mature. It was also the last time that I photographed Samantha and Daniella and I wondered just how much they would have changed during those seven years. Well Cradock certainly did not change much, perhaps a little bit busier but that could be due to the fact that it was end of the month.
Driving along the farm road leading up to the house, the first noticeable difference was the dairy which had become a fully automated rotary system, milking 60 dairy cows at a time. What other surprises were in store? As the car came to a stop and two weary parents clambered out the boys shot out and then there was a bit of hesitation as they were greeted by Samantha and Daniella. The transition from ducklings to swans was unbelievable. Don’t get me wrong they were beautiful girls seven year back, but Wow ! DSG hugs between the boys and the girls clearly showed me that the boys weren’t expecting this and were a little starstruck, chests expanded and flashy smiles were all the rage.
So here we were seven years later, new images were created and I can’t wait for the next time to photograph these two beautiful women in the next chapter of their lives.
p.s. By the time we left DSG hugs between the boys and the girls were non existent and were replaced with a strong bond of friendship and family camaraderie. Also many thanks to Lisa and Sandra owners of the Victoria Manor Hotel for allowing me to photograph in their Hotel.