Maddie and I decided we’d love to try to recreate some of the funny photos from her childhood. We’ve seen this idea all over Pinterest and it makes us laugh every time. We started with these two photos, since I had the props out for another photo shoot. I had the best time shooting these. We were roaring with laughter the whole time. I’m not sure how this 18-year-old was able to hold the pose from her 3-year-old-self’s photos, but somehow we got a few shots that looked pretty similar. In the first picture she is holding a doll she got for her birthday. I made matching dresses and headbands for them with puppy buttons. Maddie had fun trying to recreate this expression.

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For the second photo, we tried to match her clothes and hair again, and she tried to get into this pose. It’s not as easy as it was when she was little. Getting the camera into the right angle was a little tricky, too. I think I need more practice. And I wouldn’t complain about having another night of laughing with my girl. I know these moments are just as precious as the moments in the original photos.

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This was one of my favorite nights. I am so lucky to have a daughter who loves a lot of the things I do, and who thinks recreating old photos is fun. I would really love to recreate some of our sibling photos with all three kids from when they were little. The interaction between siblings in photos is hysterical. But…my boys aren’t nearly as interested in doing weird things for art’s sake. I planted the idea in their heads when we showed them these photos. So wish me luck.

If you want to see some of the funny photos I’ve found online, I pinned a few on Pinterest.

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27 Responses to Recreating Old Photos

  1. Claire says:

    I LOVE that! Great idea…i have 3 boys so….ya. Not sure they would comply, but I may have to try. lol Your daughter nailed the poses!

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Claire. I just updated the post with my Pinterest link that shows some of the funny poses I found online. One is a mom with her three boys, then and now – and it’s a riot! Good luck talking your boys into it.

  2. Annie says:

    What a cute idea! That’s definitely a gift the folks would get a kick out of! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Mel says:

    Hehe I bet you had heaps of fun, double the memories from the same pose

  4. That’s so cute! Good luck convincing the boys!

  5. Leigh Ann says:

    These are so cute! I need to do this!

  6. Carol says:

    Oh Betsy, please recreate the picture of you and your sisters on the porch at Camp. That would be darling. Orange popsicles and all.

    • Betsy says:

      That’s the photo I thought of for recreating with my sisters, too! It would be so fun! I might need your help talking them into it – they aren’t quite as goofy as I am. :)

  7. Elise says:

    Great post! This is such a fun and sweet idea. We should definitely follow each other. Feel free to check out my blog at

  8. This is super funny! and such a great idea. I will have to try it out with my kids.

  9. Erin says:

    This is such a great idea. My 2 girls are still pretty little, but they look so much like me that I like recreating pics of them using pics from my own childhood.

  10. OH, this was too funny! Thanks for the great laugh!!

  11. Kati says:

    Love this! I’ve seen them on pinterest too and wanted to pull out some pictures to do of myself and my sister from when we were little. Great job!

  12. Donna says:

    Adorable photos. I love the expression on her face in the first set of pictures. Looks like so much fun. Last summer I stumbled across a model in a magazine that looked remarkable like my son. We tried our best to recreate the picture. If you would like to look you can see it here.

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