157 Times People Absolutely Nailed Their Family Photo Recreations

The years might rush by and we might look different, but deep down inside, we’re still the same people we always were. In our opinion, one of the most interesting trends to sweep the internet is people recreating old family photos. While some people are reenacting the same scenes with the same poses alongside their family members (sometimes even wearing nearly identical clothes), others are snapping photos where they look so much like their loved ones, the similarity is uncanny.

The Bored Panda team has collected some of the most interesting family pic recreations for you to enjoy, Pandas, so scroll on down and upvote the ones you liked the best. And if you’ve ever done anything similar, post a photo to show everyone else in the comment section below. When you’re done, check out our earlier posts about awesome photo recreations right here, here, and here.

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Bored Panda spoke about family photo recreations with photographer Dominic Sberna, one of the people whose reenactments have gone viral online. “The photo my sister and I recreated was from her first communion. So, the photo was taken roughly 13 years ago. It was actually her idea to recreate the photo. I can’t speak for her, but I’d have to guess it was the veil in the old photo that sparked the idea to recreate the old image, on her wedding day,” he told us. Read on for our full interview with Dominic. Bored Panda also reached out to Cody about him recreating his grandfather’s photo in Japan. He told us all about how “surreal” and powerful it was.

#1 My Sister And I Recreated Our First Picture Together

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#2 Dad And Me Feeding Murray. Same Place, Same Croc – Two Photos 15 Years Apart

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#3 1967-2019: Same Bike, Same Couple

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In photographer Dominic’s opinion, recreating family photos is popular because people seem to love then-and-now pictures.

“There’s such a large amount of then-and-now photos of celebrities that I think the desire to see a comparison as to how people have changed trickles down to the everyday person,” he told Bored Panda. “I believe that social media and the humor of recreating a photo from childhood is also a major driving force. It’s funny to see a grown adult recreating a situation from their childhood because it’s so out of place and makes for a really funny photo!”

Dominic revealed that the photo of his sister and him wasn’t he only photo he’s recreated. He also took a photo of himself on the last day that he was 17 and recreated the same picture on the last day that he was 27. “Maybe I’ll keep that trend going,” he said. Dominic also revealed that his sister’s wedding photo was taken by Country Roads Photography, located in Forest, Ohio.

#4 My Sister Got Married Over The Weekend, So We Recreated This Gem From Our Childhood

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#5 My Dad And I 38 Years Apart, Thought I Should Post It Here

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#6 Recreated My Mom’s Favorite Photo Of Us For Mother’s Day

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In Dominic’s professional opinion, the biggest challenge in recreating photos is getting the posing and angles right. “This can be difficult for recreating any image, let alone with people involved,” he said.

He added that it’s vital to print out your photos and keep physical copies of them. “These photos are all digital and online, but it’s important to have printed copies of your memories, so that you can have them to pass down to future generations. Plus, by doing so, maybe your future children will one day recreate a photo of you,” he urged others.

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#7 For My Mom’s 60th Birthday, My Brothers, My Cousin And I Recreated A Photo From My First Day Of Kindergarten

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#8 My Dad And I Recreated A Tender Moment 34 Years Later. 1985 vs. 2019

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#9 My Dad’s First Day At School In The 70s, And Now 50 Years Later

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Meanwhile, Cody, who recreated his grandfather’s photo in Japan, had this to say to Bored Panda: “When I was younger I became interested in WW2 in the Pacific because I knew my grandfather had been in that theatre of the war. He was a Navy dental surgeon and called himself the ‘Jumping Dentist’ because he was possibly the only Naval dentist to also be trained as a paratrooper.”

Cody told us that after the war, his grandfather was part of the occupation of Tokyo. “The clash of cultures that eventually grew into cooperation and success for both countries was a captivating story to me. And it caused me to dive deeper into the full history of Japan and it’s culture. So when I got a few months before the start of my career I decided on a whim to go and live in Japan for a time, working as a bartender. I did this for many reasons but I think all those reasons grew from the memory of my now-passed grandfather who seemed to live a life of adventure. I wanted to do the same,” he said.

#10 Same Wedding Outfits 60 Years Later

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#11 My Father Holding Me As A Baby vs. Me With My Newborn Son

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#12 Me And My Son, 24 Years Apart

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Before leaving, Cody got every photo of his grandfather’s from Japan and digitized them. “I spent a very long time attempting to find any photo that aligned with the present before I left, but had little luck. Most photos were unlabeled or only had vague descriptions. Even more problematic was the fact that most of Japan when he was there was still destroyed by the war. However, some of the Japanese people I worked with helped me in my quest. The only photos of hundreds that they recognized was the Imperial Palace in this photo.

When Cody got the chance to go, it was literally his last day in Japan. “I didn’t know if the spot was inaccessible to the public or if I could find it at all because the palace is quite large. But when I spotted the building in the distance, there were some pretty indescribable feelings. I had so many other adventures while I was in Japan, too many to relate here, but that moment was surreal. It was like seeing someone you know across the platform in a train station. You know you’re both coming from and going to different places but the miracle that you managed to cross paths here seems to validate your entire journey.”

#13 Me And My Grandpa In Medical School 70 Years Apart (Equally Sleep Deprived)

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#14 My Grandfather And I In Tokyo, 73 Years Apart

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#15 My Dad Holding Me As A Baby vs. Me Holding My Newborn Son

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Those of us who paid attention in biology class will remember that children inherit genes from their parents. They get one set of genes from their dads and the other set from their moms. Depending on what combinations these genes match up in, family members can end up looking very similar to each other. (Or barely anything alike!)

So while some of us are able to recreate photos of our loved ones quite easily, others have to rely more on clothes, props, and posing to get the energy just right.

We’re living in an age where nearly everyone seems to have a smartphone with a gazillion-pixel camera. So taking a family portrait or a goofy selfie is incredibly easy. However, just because we can take fun family photos, it doesn’t mean everyone wants to.

#16 My Dad Died This Year. I Recreated This Photo Of Us From 1983 With My Husband And Son

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#17 My Grandpa’s Three Surviving Brothers Coming Together 90 Years Later On The Same Farm, With The Same Exact Bench

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#18 40 Years Later

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Some family members feel shy and avoid having their picture taken because they may have self-esteem issues or they’re ashamed of how their bodies look. Personally, I’ve always had issues with having my picture taken because I look like an utter goofball in them.

According to St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Center, people who are afraid of having their picture taken might have some sort of social phobia. Their advice is to become desensitized.

At first, try taking your own photo with a time-delay camera, then have a family member or a close friend take your picture from a long distance. Gradually, reduce the distance until you feel fully comfortable. Remember to try and keep your mind occupied with other things while you’re being photographed. Eventually, you’ll be taking part in family photos and recreating old pictures so well, you’ll rival the best of ‘em!

#19 My Wife And Her Mom At 6 Months – 1989, My Daughter And My Wife Today

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#20 Couple At Woodstock 48 Hours After They Met And 50 Years Later

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#21 Picture On The Left Went Viral Recently. 33 Years Later The Same Protagonists Recreated It

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#22 Father And Daughter 13 Years Later. 2006 vs. 2019

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#23 My Grandma And Dad 1966 And 2020

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#24 I Found This Polaroid Of My Dad Shortly After He Passed A Year Ago. I Finally Recreated It Today

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#25 It’s All I Wanted For My 60th Birthday

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#26 My Parents In 1975 And Again In 2020. They’ve Been Married And Playing Music Together For Over 45 Years Now!

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#27 Donkey Kong Country!

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#28 My Sisters And I Recreated A Classic Family Photo From 1985

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#29 My Dad And Me At The Exact Same Spot On The Isle Of Heligoland 1977 And 2018

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#30 26 Year Old Recreation. Me And My Twin On Our 30th Birthday. Our Most Embarrassing Photo

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#31 My Four Brothers And I In 1997 vs. 2017

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#32 40 Years, Folks. 40 Years. It Happens To All Of Us Sooner Or Later

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#33 18 Years Later

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#34 Dad Holding Me Circa 1987. Me Holding My Son 2020

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#35 My Wife And Daughter The Day Our Daughter Moved In For Foster Care vs. Today, Five Years Later, Two Years Post Adoption

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#36 I Was Digging Around On Ancestry And Found A Photo Of My Husband’s Great-Grandfather From World War I. I Had To Do A Side-By-Side Comparison

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#37 We Were Asked To Recreate Our Emo Family Photo, So We Stole Another Kid

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#38 To Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary, Wife And I Recreated Our Wedding Pic. She’s Wearing The Same Dress

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#39 I Looked Through My Mom’s Photo Album To Find That She Took This Picture At Schönbrunn Palace During A College Trip In 1991. I Took The Same Picture In 2017

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#40 My Sister And I Did A Series Of Throwbacks – This Is Definitely The Best One. Circa 1994 vs. 2015

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#41 My Parents By Their Tree In 1975 And Now In 2016

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#42 When You Try To Remake A Family Photo But You’re Not All There

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#43 Things We Do For Mom. Yes, I’m In A Diaper

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#44 I Recreated This Photo Of My Dad And Me With My Brand New Baby Boy

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#45 My Brother And I, Nearly 20 Years Later

My mom took the original picture in 2001. She’s no longer with us, but we are enjoying celebrating her memory today with this photo recreation

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#46 My Deceased Father And I At The Same Age, 24 Years Apart

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#47 Me And My Cousin. 2005 And 2020. It Was Much More Difficult To Take The Picture Now

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#48 Me And My Grandad, 55 Years Apart. He’s A Heart Surgeon, Me – A Neonatology Fellow

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#49 My Friend And His Grandpa, 65 Years Apart

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#50 Decided To Take Some Of This Quarantine Time And Recreate A Photo Of My Mom In The 80s

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#51 Me Holding On To My Girl At My High School Graduation In 2002. I’m Holding On To Her Even Tighter At Hers In 2020

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#52 1991 – 2019

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#53 My Mum’s Graduation As A Nurse 21 Years Ago And My Graduation As A Paramedic 21 Years Later

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#54 My Son And Daughter’s First Picture Together And Again 12 Years Later

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#55 60 Years Apart. Going Home From Service 1959 And Going Home From Chemo 2019

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#56 New Year’s Eve In Kosovo – 1998 And 2020

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#57 40+ Years Later

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#58 Me In My Snoopy Sweater In 1981, My Son In The Same Sweater In 2017, And My Daughter In The Same Sweater In 2020

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#59 20th Wedding Anniversary

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#60 1967 vs. 2019

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#61 My Father And I At The Same Spot On Table Mountain. 30 Years Apart

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#62 My Grandparents In The 40’s & My Boyfriend And I Now

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#63 We Recreated Our First Halloween’s Costumes 20 Years Later

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#64 I Forced My Family To Recreate My Favorite Family Picture From 33 Years Ago

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#65 My Dad (1985ish?) And I (NYE 2017)

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#66 Attempted A Couple Photo Remakes Today. Made For Some Laughs… And Maybe Some Sore Backs

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#67 Today, My Sisters And I Recreated A Photo In The Same Spot In Pompeii – 15 Years Apart

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#68 My Family Christmas Photo Recreated 20 Years Later

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#69 From 1999 To 2020. Savannah Made The Best Baby Doll

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#70 Has An Entire Photo-Only Book In Daddy’s Belly

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#71 Me And My Dad In The Same Place 24 Years Apart

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#72 20 Years Later

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#73 My Dad And I, Photos Taken Nearly 50 Years Apart

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#74 6 Siblings: 1997, 2013 & 2019

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#75 2002-2020

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#76 30 Years Fly By

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#77 Me And My Kids (2005 At Recife-Pe-Brazil – 2018 At Tucson-Az-USA)

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#78 Me And The Brothers Like 25 Years Apart

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#79 Christmas Present For My Mom. ~27 Years Apart

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#80 My Mom & I, 2001 To 2017

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#81 3 Sisters, 37 Years Apart. I Don’t Know Why It Took Us So Long To Make One Of These

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#82 Mom (Who Apparently Doesn’t Age) + Me. 1994 And 2020

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#83 Well, We Tried. Cousins. All Born About Three Months Apart. 24 Years Difference Here

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#84 32 Years Later, Same Best Friend! Hope All You Mommas Had An Awesome Mother’s Day

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#85 Same Car, Same Kid, 24 Years Apart

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#86 My Kids In 1998 And Their Kids In The Same Spot And Pose In 2018

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#87 Me And My Uncle Recreated A Pic 22 Years Later… It Went As Expected

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#88 My Siblings And I Recreated A Christmas Photo From Our Youth

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#89 My Cousins And Myself, 1999 And 2019

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#90 Passing Down The Baby Express To My Own Son

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#91 15 Years Later And We Still Have That Mall Photo Shoot Swagger

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#92 23 Years Later

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#93 Tried To Recreate A 40 Year Wedding Anniversary Picture For Both The Anniversary And Father’s Day

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#94 Sister Found This Old Picture During A Family Dinner And We Decided To Recreate It

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#95 A Side-By-Side With My Dad. I Give You The Beatles, Before And After Drugs

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#96 My Newly Married Grandparents In The 1960’s vs. 60 Years Later In 2020

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#97 A Friend With His Father, 28 Years Later

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#98 My Mother And Father. Photos Taken 51 Years Apart

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#99 4 Generations In The Same Dress, Same Part Of The House (1970, 1983, 2001, 2017)

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#100 The Only Thing That’s Changed Is The Length Of My Sister

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#101 Recreated This Photo For A Third Time! Not Sure How Many More Times We’ll Do It. 8 Years Between The Top Two And About 3 Years Between The Bottom Two

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#102 We Recreated This Photo 11 Years Later

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#103 My Brother And I, 1990-2017

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#104 My Cousin Holding Me As A Baby In 1984 vs. 2011

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#105 Me And My Cousins 27 Years Apart

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#106 20 Years Later And Still Dysfunctional

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#107 Same Chair, Different Sizes

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#108 Merlin And Catwoman 1992 vs. 2019. My Mom Handmade Both Costumes And Apparently Saved Her Handiwork To Give Us A Good Laugh Years Later

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#109 Me And My Twin Bro Made It To 30

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#110 The Brother And I Recreated A Few Pictures From 20 Years Ago

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#111 My Brother And I Did One Of Those “Recreation Of A Baby Picture Things”. It’s Not Quite As Cute As Others I’ve Seen

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#112 Photo Remake After 33 Years

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#113 Sisters. We Re-Created Some Favorite Old Photos

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#114 I Raised You Very Well

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#115 10 Year Photo Remake

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#116 Turns Out Dad Didn’t Have 3 Daughters

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#117 I Love These People

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#118 1998 vs. 2020. Once A Baby Girl, Always A Baby Girl

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#119 The Things He Convinces Me To Do On A Sunday Afternoon

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#120 20-Something Years Later

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#121 How Much Cuter I Was In 2001

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#122 My Fiance And Her Cousins Recreated This Gem Of A Photo. Everyone Should Want To Be Looked At Like Her Cousin Looks At That Biscuit

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#123 2011-2017, My Now 6’5″ Brother

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#124 Kyoto, 2016 / California, 2020

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#125 Mom And Dad, 1983 / 2019

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#126 Four Siblings, 13 Years Apart

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#127 My Brothers & I, 15 Years Apart

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#128 15 Years. My Cousins And I Used To All Live In New Jersey, Now We’re Spread Between NJ, Nevada, And The Philippines So This Was Quite A Reunion

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#129 My Grandmother And My 2-Year-Old Self Baking Gingerbread Cookies. Second Pic Taken 15 Years Apart

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#130 Camera Timers Are Underrated

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#131 Brother And His Wife Married Since March 5th 1994, Wedding & 26 Years Later, Counting

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#132 2002-2020

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#133 Me And My Cousins. Same Place, 13 Years Later

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#134 23 Years Later, An Attempt Was Made

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#135 1999 And 2019. Tried To Replicate The Mini Jeep With A Picture Frame

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#136 Me And My Daughter, 28 Years Apart

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#137 My Wife’s Grandmother Passed Away Last Week. While Going Through Pictures, We Found The Picture From Her Time In Japan. We Took The Same Picture Last Year In Kyoto

Grandmother is the one in the dark jacket

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#138 Christmas 2007 vs. Christmas 2015

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#139 My Dad’s Lebanese Passport Pic (Early 1980s) & My Youngest Brother In The Present Day

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#140 22 Years Later

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#141 Me And My Dad, Same University, Same Place Just Different Times

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#142 24 Years In Between

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#143 My Mom Holding Me In 1979 vs. My Mom Holding My Daughter In The Same Dress In 2019

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#144 Same Pool 30 Years Apart, I’m The Baby In 1st And Dad In 2nd

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#145 I Recreated A Photo Of My Mom. 1992 And 2020, Respectively

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#146 My Mother’s Day Photo Re-Creation. My Daughter Is 15 Years Old

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#147 I Forced My Family To Participate In Some Photo Recreations From My Childhood

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#148 Recreated A Picture With My 14 Year Old Son From 13 Years Ago Today On Vacation

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#149 Center Island, Toronto. Top Pic Is My Dad In 1988 Bottom Is Me In 2019

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#150 Another Classic Remake. That Time Aaron Got Stung By A Jellyfish And I Was Posing, Unfazed

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#151 26 And A Half Years In Between

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#152 Siblings Photo Remake

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#153 My Sister Was There For Preschool (1995), And There For Med School (Today)

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#154 Family Photo Remake

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#155 One Really Strong Dad

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#156 22 Years Later. Redoing The Muniz Family Photo At Christmas

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#157 23 Years Later

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