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Connecting generations through photographs

I mentioned in my last post that I’m not sentimental about things.  But then my sister pointed out I am sentimental about photographs.  And that’s definitely true.  I don’t need to keep the stuff.  I just need a photo to remind me of the way the stuff made me feel.  And the people who made me feel.

That’s why I LOVE this photography project so much.  Connecting generations through photographs.  Then and Now photos.

I went through some of my parents photographs.  Boxes of photos, scrapbooks and albums of photos, slides, etc.  Photos of them as kids and some of their ancestors.  I picked out some of my favorites showing some of the every day moments/things of life.

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Then I looked through the photos I currently have OR took photos of the same moments/things to have comparison photos between the generations.

I was initially inspired to do this from this video I saw on Becky Higgins YouTube channel.

After watching this, I wanted to do the same thing with my photos.  And you can do the same too (cause it’s cool and you’ll have fun doing it-promise).  Just look through the albums you have, pull out some of the photos, find photos you have that are similar, or TAKE photos that are similar.  It was so interesting to see how things were back then and how they are now.  How some things have changed SO much and how some things haven’t changed at all.

With the old photos, I just took photos of the photos with my phone camera (near a window so I could use the natural light and no flash).  You could also scan them.

Here’s what I came up with:


Carseats then…….                                                                       Carseats now.



Lawncare then…..                                                                      Lawncare now.



Bad days then……                                                                      Bad days now.



Cribs then……                                                                    Cribs now.



Babies in laundry baskets then……                           Babies in laundry baskets now.



Cute bums then……                                                        Cute bums now.



Daddy pile then……                                                         Daddy pile now.



Technology then……                                                        Technology now.



Baths in the sink then……                                              Baths in the sink now.



Family portraits then……                                                     Family selfie’s now.



Traditions then……                                                               Traditions now.



Mom doin her thing then……                                        Mom doin her thing now.



Summer swag then……                                                               Summer swag now.



Pool fun then……                                                               Pool fun now.



Babyseats then……                                                                      Bumbo’s now.



Photos then……                                                                     Photos now.



Cars then……                                                                    Cars now.



Baby swings then……                                                       Baby swings now.



Birthday parties then……                                              Birthday parties now.



Kids in buckets then……                                                 Kids in buckets now.



Snow day then……                                                           Snow day now.



Strollers then……                                                             Strollers now.



Family photo album then……                                      Family photo album now.


This was such a cool project to do.  I can’t recommend it enough.

After you’ve gathered all the photos, and found the comparisons, you can put them in Dropbox, access them on your phone and make some super quick and simple Project Life layouts using the Project Life App.

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Man I love photographs and ALL the many things we can do with them!

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  • Vanessa

    Great class Lindsey! I love every idea and can’t wait to implement some of these!! Well all of them really 🙂 I do really like this idea 🙂ReplyCancel

    • ltross17


      Thanks so much for being part of the e-mail series! Glad you liked the ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne Albrecht

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE this post! Totally inspired to create something similar! Thank you for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

    • ltross17

      I had so much fun doing this. I think you’ll really enjoy it. And it was fun to do it with my mom and dad while they told me a bunch of stories from their youth. There’s still so much I don’t know about my own parents.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie

    This is really great. I’ve done the odd photo comparison here and there over the years, but a compilation of them is just brilliant. Love it. 🙂 And man….. I adore photos too. Really really adore photos.ReplyCancel

    • ltross17

      The photo comparison is my favorite. Love getting old photos like these and comparing. But also love just comparing photos over recent years (like photographing the kids on the same couch once every year, or comparing photos of holidays through the years). So fun to see how we change and also how we stay so much the same!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay

    This concept (which I absolutely love) reminds me of Stacy Julian’s scrapbooking philosophy which is all about making connections. Powerful stuff!ReplyCancel

    • ltross17

      Lindsay–I like your name 😉
      I just recently started following Stacy Julian on Instagram but I’m not terribly familiar with her teaching stuff. Yet. I LOVE this concept though and it has been so fun to do a project like this, especially since I did it with my mom! Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts!ReplyCancel

  • LoriM

    LOVE this idea!! Now to gather the “then” photos. Hmmmm….

    Thanks for the e-book. Great ideas there, too.ReplyCancel

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