What is a Then and Now Doubletake?


A Then and Now Doubletake is one photo with two separate images. Depending on the angle you are viewing the photo determines the image you see.  This example is one 8×10 photo:

  The first photo is taken from an angle that  shows one of my wedding portraits where I am kissing my dad on my wedding day .  The second  angle is a photo of my dad kissing me as a baby.


Nothing magic here ….just changing between two images as you moved past the photo……that’s all.

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A sister he never knew he had……




A Then and Now Doubletake photo that says

                                                   “though you were absent, you were always part of me” 


 Below Hans J. Hodell shares his story about finding a sister he never knew he had, and the photo he had made to capture that story.


“I was born in Germany in 1953.  My mother was German and I always believed my father was an American soldier.  Over the last few years I’ve lost my father and mother and both of my brothers.  My business took me all around the world and in 2010, it too me back to Germany.  One of the military bases where we were working took me within a few miles of my birthplace.  I started to search for my mother’s family every time I visited.  In the Spring of 2012, my wife and I were visiting our grandchildren in Italy and made time to return to Germany.  As we were traveling to my birthplace city we noticed my mother’s birthplace was just a few miles away.  We went on a Saturday morning and visited the small town of 1000.  We were able to find someone who spoke English and after some lengthy conversation, they took us to a home in the town.  We rang the doorbell and when the owner opened the door, he looked at me and said, “Hans?”  It was a cousin and the home was my grandparents’.  We had lived there for a short time.  They invited us in and had pictures on their walls of all the family.  A short time later, Ronald (my cousin) received a phone call from someone wishing him a Happy Birthday.  He handed me the phone and said, “It’s your sister.”  Shock would be an understatement.  I didn’t know what to say.  My wife and I went back the following year and finally got to meet Gabi (my sister).  When she walked into the room it was as if my mother had walked in.  The resemblance was uncanny.  The reasons behind our story are many, but my wife had found a picture of me as a child hugging a young girl and we never knew until that day that it was a sister I had never known.  When we finally met I remembered Then and Now Double Takes and thought how neat it would be to have Kelli make a photo.  I have mine and my sister has her copy.  Thinking I had lost all of my immediate family, it has been so great to start a new relationship with a sister and find out I have a niece and nephew and a great niece and a great nephew.  The picture serves as a reminder of the relationship and is a powerful and yet simple way to tell our story. ”



Adoption in a Then and Now Doubletake

My heart is drawn to adoption and the beauty of it.   This is one of my favorite Then and Now Photos HABI2 copyThe Beauty of Adoption

Here is the story behind the photo, written by Tiffany Darling (www.amomentcherished.com) 

The moment I saw his brown eyes and sweet face, I knew that the starving boy, living and begging, for his survival, on the streets of Ethiopia was meant to be my son. I took a photo of him the day our lives collided, and I embedded him in my heart. That photo became one of my only tangible means to my son for over a year.  I carried it with me, and cried and prayed over the sweet, haunting boy in the photograph. I begged God to bring him home and to make him my son. Through months of paperwork and tears and being told “this is impossible and risky”, our son was forever plucked from the cruel streets and folded into our family as a beloved and cherished member of our family.

The redemption and change that took place in his life was nothing short of miraculous – for him and for us. It is hard to put into words the kind of transformation that took place, but when I opened up my package from Then and Now Doubletakes, the transformation was forever captured in a tangible portrait of redemption. The photograph literally took my breath away – one moment my son was staring at me with his sad brown eyes – hungry and desperate for love and family, and the next he was transformed into a bright eyed, million dollar smiley son sandwiched between my husband and I. It was the most perfect representation of the miracle of his life.

Our Then and Now Doubletakes photograph is a cherished treasure, and will surely be such for years to come. It is a precious reminder to our family of redemption and transformation. There is nothing else that has been able to so accurately capture this for us. We are forever thankful for this heirloom keepsake.


******Tiffany and Her Husband Jim are moving to Ethiopia and you can be a part of supporting them with each doubletake purchase you make.



This is the place we feature customers stories as a way to inspire you with ideas for your own Then and Now Doubletake. I can’t wait to introduce you to some of the most amazing pictures and stories I have received over the years.