Five-year-old Elijah Perman loves the Disney/Pixar movie, “Up,” so when his mom asked him what theme he wanted for his birthday photoshoot, he knew immediately that he wanted to dress up as Russell, the Wilderness Explorer.
And to make the day even more fun, Elijah and his mom decided to include Elijah’s great-grandparents, Richard and Carolyn Bain, dressed as Carl and Ellie Fredrickson, in the photoshoot. Richard, Elijah’s 90-year-old great-grandfather dressed the part of Carl Fredricksen and was the spitting image of the high-flying senior citizen from the animated feature film. Carolyn, Elijah’s great-grandmother, dressed up like Ellie Fredricksen.
The photos included several props, like a tiny replica of the house from the film, brightly-colored balloons, lots of Wilderness Explorer badges, as well as a water hose like the one Carl Fredricksen uses to pull his house closer to Paradise Falls. They were taken by Elijah’s mom, Rachel, who works as a part-time photographer. Elijah has a twin sister who also celebrated her 5th birthday with a photoshoot; she chose a unicorn theme.
Mrs. Perman said she doesn’t usually post very many personal photos, but this particular Pixar-themed photoshoot was perhaps the most meaningful one she has photographed yet. That’s because almost 5 years ago, just after the birth of her twins, Rachel Perman was diagnosed with cancer.
“I had fears [about whether] I would even get to see their fifth birthday,” Elijah’s mom said. “My oldest [child] was five at the time, and I hated not knowing if I would get the same time with the twins that I got with her.”
Elijah’s mom was ill for about a year, and thankfully, she is now in remission. Mrs. Perman noted that twins’ 5th birthday was a celebration for all of them–a celebration of the twins’ births, as well as a celebration of the fact that she made it to their 5th birthday, something she didn’t know if she’d ever experience.
“It’s a celebration for me and them!” she said with a thankful and happy heart.
Happy birthday Elijah, and congratulations to your Mom!
Have you ever documented a special achievement or accomplishment with a photoshoot? Did you incorporate a Disney or Pixar theme with your shoot? We’d love to hear from you and see some of your photos in the comments below!