While growing up, Fred Smith always heard he looked like his father.
“Everywhere I would go as a kid, people would just see me and automatically know who I was because I looked like my dad,” the 35-year-old, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marines, tells PEOPLE of his father, Fred Smith, Sr.
Even today, the two share a striking resemblance to each other, and Fred thought of an idea for a picture that would showcase not only how much he and his father look alike, but how much his son, Dartynien, takes after them.
In July of 2020, Smith retrieved one of his favorite pictures of him and his father, taken three decades earlier as he sat on the hood of a blacks Oldsmobile outside of his late grandmother’s house in California when he was 3 and his father 33.
Smith then recreated the image, even wearing a button-up shirt similar to the one his father wore in the picture 30 years earlier. He placed Dartynien, who was 3 at the time, on the hood of a car, set his camera on a tripod and snapped away.
After taking the photo, Smith placed it next to the original image and uploaded the result to Facebook. The side-by-side pictures recently went viral, having garnered more than 69,000 likes as of late July.
Smith — who operates his own Canada-based photography studio in Calgary, Kallos Studios — says he was surprised at the response the images are getting online (he’s received many flattering compliments, he says). But most of all, he is grateful for having been able to capture the moment at the right time.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Jason Duaine Hahn