This Colorado family got all dressed “Up” for a photo shoot that will make Pixar fans swoon.
“It’s the only thing he draws and colors ― the house with balloons ― the only books he wants to get at the library, and the only toy he wanted when we visited Disney World last year,” she told HuffPost.
When Elijah’s fifth birthday rolled around this year, he and his mom came up with an idea for a birthday photo shoot he’ll never forget: Elijah dressed up as Russell, while his great grandparents Richard Bain and Caroline Bain ― who both turn 90 this year ― stepped in to play childhood sweethearts Carl and Ellie.
With Elijah’s keen eye for everything “Up,” it’s the little details that really make this shoot special. Look at the scout badges! The specificity of the house!
Though they’d never seen the movie, both great-grandparents wanted to get every detail right, too.
“Grandpa even went to the thrift store to get the jacket and hose,” Perman said. “He said, ‘I noticed in a photo Carl had a hose over his shoulder.’”
Perman shared the photos on Facebook late last week, and since then, the pics have garnered more than 2,000 “likes” and plenty of shares.
The mom of three also gave Elijah’s twin sister, Emilee, a chance to pick a theme for a birthday photo shoot. Emilee loves “all things girly and princess-y,” so they took pics with a “unicorn.”
“Once I found someone who would let me put a unicorn horn on their horse, we surprised her and she loved it!” Perman said.
The photo shoots hold special significance for Perman: Five years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer right after giving birth to the twins. At the time, she feared she would never get to see their fifth birthday.
“My oldest child, Mikayla, was 5 at the time and I hated not knowing if I would get the same time with them that I got with her,” she told HuffPost. “So for their fifth birthday, I wanted to celebrate the things they love with photos! Its a celebration for me and them.”
The family’s newfound viral fame (the photos were featured across the web and on “Good Morning America”) is just the cherry on top.
“My grandma said, ‘Well, we’ll have to go ahead and order the movie to see what all this is about!’” Perman said. “And she just told me now, ‘We’re just waiting for Hollywood to call!’”
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