Credit: Ian Somerhalder on Instagram Photo: Ian Somerhalder's Family Portrait

Ian Somerhalder hasn’t always been a vampire. In a past life, the Vampire Diaries stud was just a little kid growing up in Louisiana – and we have photographic evidence! Check out this adorable photo of the Somerhalder family looking sweet, including a barely-recognizable kiddo.

“Somerhalder family photo-my big sister just sent this to me...The little dude in the striped shirt-yup that's yours truly. Wow how time flies, 28 years ago. Love love love these people, they helped shape me, grateful to them,” Ian captioned the Instagram photo of his fam. If this was taken 28 years ago, then Ian is around seven years old in the pic. He is surrounded by his parents and older brother and sister in the snapshot. So cute!

Family is still very important to Ian. Alloy Entertainment has a whole photo slideshow devoted to Ian’s role as uncle, and it is pretty much the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen. Almost as sweet as the time he and then-girlfriend Nina Dobrev were dating, spent a day of cooking at his family’s pizzeria. And when Hurricane Isaac threatened the area with some intense flooding, Ian was sure to keep everyone posted on their ability to make pies, writing, “My home town of Mandeville, LA is flooded like crazy, our new pizzeria will take a hit but we'll be slinging dough and feeding peeps soon!”

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