After being made fun of at school, Nellee, instead of being sad, told her dad it was "okay, because she was a superhero"

By Claudia Harmata
March 08, 2019 05:25 PM

Josh Rossi loves nothing more than making his daughter’s dreams come true — and he does it with his photography and Photoshop prowess.

Also known as the Photoshop Dad, Rossi has used his skills to transform his 5-year-old daughter Nellee into strong female characters like Wonder Woman, Mulan, Belle and now Captain Marvel, surprising her with a poster of “Captain Nellee” on display at the movie theater.

“My daughter is obsessed with Captain Marvel,” Rossi says in a YouTube video he shared on Thursday. “So I decided to surprise her with something right after the premiere.”

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Nellee Rossi
Photographer and digital artist Josh Rossi, Costume by Julie Whiteley

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Nellee walks out of the theater after watching Captain Marvel for the first time and sees her movie poster on display, her jaw dropping before her mouth turns up into the biggest grin.

But Rossi didn’t just make a movie poster. In a blog post on his website, the creative dad shared details about the project — which included recreating many different scenes from the movie — explaining and showing the process behind putting together some of the photos.

And Nellee was a natural when it came to posing for the snapshots, rocking a costume made by Julie Whiteley that looked just like Brie Larson‘s in the new film.

Nellee Rossi
Photographer and digital artist Josh Rossi, Costume by Julie Whiteley

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Her dad wrote that “after doing a bunch of these photo shoots,” his daughter “has become pretty good at posing and getting into the zone when it’s time to shoot.”

She confidently posed and made faces for the camera, giving her dad incredible shots to edit.

That confidence stayed with her. Rossi shared in his post that after being made fun of at school for her “worn-down shoes,” Nellee, instead of being sad, told her dad it was “okay, because she was a superhero!”

Nellee Rossi
Photographer and digital artist Josh Rossi, Costume by Julie Whiteley
Nellee Rossi
Photographer and digital artist Josh Rossi, Costume by Julie Whiteley

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Rossi hadn’t realized the impact these photo shoots had on Nellee — projects that he told PEOPLE two years ago were his way of creating special moments with his daughter.

“I want her to have something that represents the relationship she and I have,” he said at the time. “A normal photo doesn’t do it for me. I’m constantly taking photos and videos to try and hold on to each moment spent with her.”

Captain Marvel is in theaters now.