Moving Photos Of People Who Followed In Their Parent’s Footsteps

Parents are some of our biggest supporters and the people we first look up to. While they'll always be our heroes in some way, shape, or form, some people have taken this one step further and decided to follow their parent's footsteps both literally and in their career paths.

These are some beautiful photos that show that the past and present really aren't so different after all—especially if it's kept all in the family. I think it's probably pretty safe to say that these people have their career paths running in their blood.

Three Generations Of Firefighters

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This incredible photo of a grandfather, a father, and a son just shows how firefighting knowledge has grown and changed over the years. The son is probably pretty happy he didn't have to wear those yellow pants though.

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Walking In His Father's Footsteps... And Cruiser Tracks

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Once this kid got behind the wheel of dad's sheriff car he was probably immediately hooked. He's got the need for speed in his veins since this moment... but obviously not going a hair over the speed limit, otherwise, dad will probably have something to say.

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"When you graduate from medical school, if your family member is a physician, they get to "hood" you. This is my dad during and after hooding me"

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This would be such a proud moment for any father. To get the opportunity to hood your son after he's worked so hard to go through medical school would really be an honor.

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They Followed Their Grandparent's Footsteps By Going To The Same Places

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It's beautiful to see that the landscape hasn't changed too much since their grandparents were there. This is so touching and special and really takes the whole "following in their footsteps" thing literally.

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"My military dad and I, and my son and I"

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This is such an adorable moment caught between two fathers and their children. It probably wasn't too hard to recreate the baby reaching upwards since the dad's head is the only thing it could probably see. Where'd his body go...? I can't see anything except for the chair.

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The Delta Flight Piloted By A Mother-Daughter Team

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I would feel so safe on a flight with these two amazing ladies in the sky. I trust them wholeheartedly because if they can survive years of living together then they can work together with ease.

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Son And Father Both In The Airforce At The Same Age With The Same Job

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I bet his father was so proud of his son who followed in his footsteps so perfectly. These photos are so similar that when his mother wants to show people her son, she's going to hesitate between which wallet-sized photo is his in her wallet?

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These Photos Are Taken Over 20 Years Apart, But This Mother And Daughter Duo Could Be On The Same Cheerleading Team

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Both of these stunning women look like they're absolutely killing the cheerleading game. Maybe her mom even lets her daughter borrow her pom-poms if she can't find hers that night.

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She Started Riding After Losing Her Father Two Years Before

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This is an incredible tribute to the memory of her father. These two would probably have so much fun sharing knowledge, tools, and know-how as they maintain and ride their bikes.

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"My father was a DJ his whole life. I follow in his footsteps"

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You could say that this guy has got playing and spinning music in his blood. It doesn't look like much has changed in the way of a DJ's setup throughout the years, besides the amount of Ariana Grande they're probably playing.

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Father In Law Enforcement For 40+ Years Gets To See Daughter Graduate From Academy

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This is so cute, especially because they both look so pleased with each other. You can tell this proud dad is trying his hardest not to crack a grin looking at her, but I can definitely see one coming on.

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Like Q-Tip Spilling Mother, Like Q-Tip Spilling Son

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It's not always the career paths of our parents that we're inspired by—sometimes it's their clumsiness and chaotic energy. At least he knows what side of the family he gets his messiness from.

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The Father And Son Ski Team

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These skiiers are fast, furious, and ready to slide down those mountains with ease and dexterity. Even though these photos are taken 30 years apart, I bet they always challenge each other to races.

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The Private Congratulated By Sergent Father At Ranger Graduation

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This would be an incredibly proud moment for any parent as well as a really intense one for any kid. Imagine trying not to tear up as your dad congratulates you onstage for all your hard work—that would take a lot of effort.

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"My sister teaches at the same Charleston West Virginia high school I went to. Here she is, following in our parent's protestive footsteps."

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This rebellious teacher is here to not let anyone tell her where and when to be quiet. She's going to whisper in the library even when it says "no talking" because she's just that much of a punk-rock inspiration.

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Her Mother Was A Seamstress And So Is She

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Sewing is a special thing that your mother probably taught you growing up, so it's really cool to see her follow in her mom's footsteps using a skill she taught her right from the beginning.

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Bindi Irwin Following In Father's Footsteps

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We were all heartbroken at the loss of Steve Irwin, but it's good to see that his daughter has taken on and continued his conservation and wildlife protection efforts. You go Bindi!

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They Did The Same Yosemite Falls Hike As Their Father 30 Years Before

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Again, it's wonderful to see that this beautiful park is still just as gorgeous now as it was many years ago. Maybe their kids will follow the same trail their parents did and get to see the same breathtaking sight. Hopefully, they pack trail mix though.

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Just Before His Retirement, This Military Father Recreated This Photo Taken 30 Years Prior

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These are adorable and hilarious because you can clearly see the dad smiling through the pain of his kid sitting on his knee. That little army onesie probably doesn't fit anymore.

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Mom Recently Retired And Started Following Her Mother's Artistic Footsteps—This Is Her First Painting

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It's great to see that this mom is using her retirement as an opportunity to grow her skills in an area she's probably considered doing all her life but never really had the time to pursue. It's a beauty painting too and I'm sure her mother would love to see it.

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"Mother and daughter crime-fighting duo in New Zealand"

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Getting booked by these two would be nothing short of an experience. You better not swear, or else the mom is going to tell you to watch your language around her child. That part of parenting really never gets old.

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"My armless dad playing football in high school (1972) and me following in his footsteps 36 years later (2008)"

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It's so cool that his dad worked hard to be the kicker and this kid got the opportunity to be one as well. This is a really inspirational photo and based on sheer epicness alone I'm sure they won both games.

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The Father-Daughter Pilot Duo

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These two adorable people even kept the little lion over the years too! The stuffed animal and the dad both look the same, so I'm really curious about what kinds of altitude skin products they're using.

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The Son Who Always Knew He'd Be A Policeman Like Dad

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This kid definitely predicted this one 20 years ago. Hopefully, he's racked up a few bad guys and criminals and he's found a car of his own so he doesn't have to sit on his dad's lap.

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"My 5 year old wanted to follow in her big sister's footsteps and is helping Wigs for kids with 12 inches of hair"

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This little girl is already so kind and caring so she's definitely got big things in her future. This is what having a good role model in your life can do, whether it comes from a parent or a big sister.

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Son Finally Gets To Fight Fires Alongside Father

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This son finally got the opportunity to fight the blazes alongside his dad and that's pretty amazing. These two heroes are keeping the streets and our homes safe and we couldn't be more thankful for that. Hopefully, his dad doesn't nitpick him about how clean his neon stripes are though.

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Following In Pilot Father's Footsteps 30 Years Later

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This photo is the real-life Top Gun and their lives deserve to be made into a feature film of that capacity. Just imagine how good it would be watching a son follow in his father's pilot footsteps. Somebody call Tom Cruise, please.

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Grandmother, Mother, And Daughter At University Graduations

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These scholarly and supportive women are bringing some joy to my day. Watching your kid walk across the stage is a huge proud-parent moment, and I'm glad they're getting to repeat that.

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Son Went To Spot In Taiwan Right Where His Father Was 40 Years Before

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Hopefully, his dad gave him some travel tips and a few must-eat spots that his son should go to while he's there. If they're really any good they would last the 40 years in between, so that's a pretty safe bet.

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The Baby We Can Definitely See Following Father's Footsteps

baby with a little basketball
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that this father plays basketball and this kid might grow up for a little bit of affinity for the sport. If his favorite fruit is oranges then you can tell from an early age what he's going to do.