Photographer Rachel Perman’s oh-so-imaginative Up-themed pics of her son Elijah are awesomely adorable—and the story behind them is even sweeter.

When looking for inspiration for the birthday photo sessions, Perman went with what her kiddos love.

The mom of the three, twins Emilee and Elijah and their older sib Mikayla, said, “Elijah is very particular, he is borderline addicted to Up and has been for several years. Its the only thing he draws and colors (the house with balloons) and the only books he wants to get at the library, and the only toy he wanted when we were in Disney World last year (the only thing we found that he wanted and came home with was a coffee mug.”

While Elijah was all about Up, his twin sis Emilee picked a unicorn shoot for herself. Even though the photos are magical just to look at, Perman’s stpry is even more meaningful. The photographer explained, “Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer right after my twins were born and had fears if I would even get to see their fifth birthday.”

Perman continued, “My oldest (Mikayla) was five at the time and I hated not knowing if I would get the same time with them that I got with her. So for their fifth birthday I wanted to celebrate the things they love with photos! Its a celebration for me and them!”

If you’re wondering who the sweet seniors in the pics are, they’re Elijah’s IRL great-grandparents. Perman said, “My grandparents are Richard and Caroline Bain and are both 90 this year. They were thrilled to participate and loved that I asked them.” She also added, “Grandpa even went to the thrift store to get the jacket and hose. He said “I noticed in a photo Carl had a hose over his shoulder”. They have never seen the movie!”

—Erica Loop

Photos: Courtesy of Rachel Perman Photography



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