The Best Way to Document Your Pregnancy

camera guyI was a pretty big slacker about documenting both my pregnancies. I always pictured myself as the kind of person who would keep a journal of my thoughts and feelings, serenely crafting insightful prose. Not so much. There are a few pregnant photos with my daughter and maybe one with my son. I did write some pretty fabulous birth stories, if I do say so myself.

So I find people like Erin and Jeremy Plemon simply inspiring. They created the sweetest, most touching pregnancy video I've ever seen (the Star Wars video remains the funniest ever, though). It tracks Erin's pregnancy with their gorgeous newborn daughter, Eliza Nadine, from the taking of the pregnancy test (you actually see the test turn positive) through her birth in August.

I wanted to know more, so I sent Erin an email and she graciously took time out from the craziness of new motherhood to share some details.


The most interesting thing about how they did the video is that it's not actually a video at all. Erin told me it's a collection of photos taken in burst mode, which give the effect of motion when run together, like a flip book. That explains how beautiful the light looks in all of these, not washed out like videos often look. And Erin says the shot of her belly as it grew was made up of photos taken every single day -- they put tape on the floor and used a tripod so each photo would be taken from the same angle.

The whole thing is beautiful, touching, and you will cry at the end. It appears that one of the side effects of pregnancy that lasts, well, forever is the inability to see any image of a mother meeting her baby for the very first time without bursting into tears. (I remember my mom doing the same thing when I was growing up and I thought she was so weird ... sorry, Mom.) It makes me wish I'd documented my pregnancies more ... and definitely makes me want to master burst mode on my camera.

What have you done to document your pregnancy?


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