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Age Is Just a Number: Adorable Series With Toddlers Dressed As Senior Citizens

By Hanssie on November 17th 2014

Age is just a number. As I get older, I seem to utter this adage more and more as I fight off the telltale signs of aging with my little pots and potions that have promised to ward off the inevitable. The fight against looking my real age starts with makeup and ends with Photoshop and in the following series, this also holds true.

For a New York Times article titled, “What If Age Was Nothing But a Mind-Set?” commercial photographer/illustrator Zachary Scott transformed 6 toddlers into senior citizens. Using makeup, hair, prosthetics and retouching by Amy Dresser and Electric Art, Scott and his team channeled the old souls from these adorable kids, turning them into little grandmas and grandpas.


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To see more of Zachary Scott’s work, visit his website here. Scott is represented by Sharpe + Associates.

CREDITS: All photographs by Zachary Scott are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Laughing Squid]


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Tosh Cuellar

    This is adorable and awesome

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  2. Basit Zargar


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  3. Sebastian Martin

    I really love these photos! Made me smile and brightened my day!

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  4. Fernando Lachica

    An excellent photo-shoot with sense to capture upon the subject.

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  5. Daniel Thullen

    These photographs did want they were intended to do. They brought a smile to my face. Love the two boys especially. They look like old men!

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  6. Matthew Riley

    I agree they look a little to CGI but awesome shots none the less

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  7. Greg Geis

    That’s pretty awesome. Almost wish he’d back off the photoshop a touch, they all look almost CGI. Maybe that is just lighting and makeup though.

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  8. Ben Perrin

    I usually dislike kid photos, but these are pretty cool. Kudos!

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  9. Greg Silver

    Apart from the great subjects – I LOVE the backdrops!

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