If you’ve been on the internet at all over the past week, you may have heard the story of the family who hilariously decided to take “baby pictures” with their 21-year-old son.
Rebecca Hayes and David Ward had their son, Clayton, when they were still in high school. Because they were so young, they didn’t have the opportunity to take newborn photos of their child. In a decision that hilariously began as a joke around kitchen table, the family decided to re-capture Clayton’s baby days by having a photo session with classic newborn poses.
Along with the hilarious and adorable “baby shots” Rebecca and David also used the opportunity to capture new memories with “adult Clayton” and their other son, Gehrig.
Photographer Duffi Crowson did an amazing job of turning a lost photo-opportunity into a chance to capture the true nature of the family in all of their lightheartedness and humor.
All jokes aside, however, the story these adorable and hilarious pictures reminds us of an important point: we have limited chances to capture memories of the people most important to us. Images of the first part of a child’s life are held near to the hearts of parents. In some cases, baby pictures become part of a family’s history as they are passed down from parents to children to grandchildren.
The opportunity for family pictures is something that must be capitalized on before it passes. In the blink of an eye, babies become 21-year-olds and, though they still look great swaddled in blankets, there’s no beating the preservation of memories from childhood.