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Great Grandparents Dress As 'Up' Characters For 5-Year-Old's Birthday Photos

HuffPost logo HuffPost 9/17/2019 Brittany Wong

This Colorado family got all dressed “Up” for a photo shoot that will make Pixar fans swoon.

Photographer Rachel Perman says that her son Elijah is “borderline addicted” to the Disney/Pixar movie “Up.”

“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.

a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field: The trio really sold their character portrayals.  © Rachel Perman Photography The trio really sold their character portrayals. 

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! 

a little boy wearing a suit and tie: Elijah's great-grandpa Richard looks a lot less grumpy than Carl, but that's OK. © Rachel Perman Photography Elijah's great-grandpa Richard looks a lot less grumpy than Carl, but that's OK.

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.’”

a man that is standing in the grass: Perman said her grandpa was © Rachel Perman Photography Perman said her grandpa was

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.

a white horse standing on top of a grass covered field:  Emilee went the magical route for her birthday photo shoot.  © Rachel Perman Photography  Emilee went the magical route for her birthday photo shoot. 

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.”

a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field: The twins at Elijah's photo shoot. © Rachel Perman Photography The twins at Elijah's photo shoot.

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!’” 

Scroll down for more of the sweet photos.

a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field © Rachel Perman Photography
a little boy that is standing in the grass © Rachel Perman Photography
a group of people that are standing in the grass © Rachel Perman Photography
a man wearing a suit and tie © Rachel Perman Photography
a little boy that is standing in the grass: The trio really sold their character portrayals.  © Rachel Perman Photography The trio really sold their character portrayals. 
a man wearing a suit and tie © Rachel Perman Photography
a person that is standing in the grass © Rachel Perman Photography
a group of people that are standing in the grass © Rachel Perman Photography
a group of people standing on top of a grass covered field © Rachel Perman Photography
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