How to take your own maternity photos? Maternity photos are an important milestone to capture during pregnancy. No matter how your labor and delivery go, you will likely remember the moment when you first hold your new child in a memory that lasts forever.
Maternity pictures can be taken at any time of day or night, but it is best if they occur between 28-32 weeks gestation.
It’s also best not to have eaten for about two hours before taking maternity shots as this allows better skin definition through where the light falls on the body.
You should wear clothing that fits well with natural lighting from either window or artificial sources such as flashes and lamps. Photos may last anywhere from five minutes up to an hour depending on how many outfits you want to be photographed and what poses you would like.
We also take photos of the baby at your home after delivery to capture that special moment.
What is the difference between ordinary maternity leave and statutory maternity leave?
Ordinary maternity leave is a paid period that you can take off work after having a baby. Statutory maternity leave, on the other hand, is an entitlement written into UK employment law for employees who meet certain criteria.
That means all new mums are entitled to statutory maternity pay by their employer or from Jobseeker’s Allowance if they claim benefits.
What is statutory maternity leave pay?
Statutory maternity leave pay is a weekly benefit that you may be entitled to if you are eligible. Normally, your employer pays this for the first 26 weeks of your absence from work after giving birth. If they do not offer it or you are self-employed, then statutory maternity leave pay provides support while on maternity leave in the UK.
You can find out more about who qualifies and how much money someone might receive with our guide below… Statutory Maternity Leave Pay is typically paid by employers but there are alternatives.
How long is statutory maternity leave in Ireland?
The parental leave rate in Ireland is one of the highest among OECD countries. Mothers are entitled to 26 weeks of maternity leave, which can be extended by another 16 weeks if they choose to avail of income support through Jobseeker’s Benefit for this period.
Fathers and partners (including same-sex) receive two weeks of paid paternity leave but this figure may increase depending on negotiations with public-sector unions. The minimum wage during statutory maternity pay is €230 per week or 90% of earnings – whichever payment is lower.
If you do not qualify for benefit payments because your employer offers a more beneficial package than the State, then the minimum weekly pay would be set at 80 per cent of salary up to a maximum cap that differs between employers due mainly to variations in industrial agreements.
Paternity leave is paid at €230 per week for two weeks, which must be taken in a single block and cannot be spread throughout statutory maternity pay.
What is statutory maternity leave in Ireland?
If you’re an Irish working woman, there is a chance that maternity leave may be part of your future. Maternity leave consists of time off taken by women during pregnancy and immediately after birth to take care of themselves and their child/children.
This type of work arrangement has been around for centuries as it was first introduced back in 18th century England where women would receive payments from the state (the government), which wouldn’t last much longer than six weeks following childbirth.
However, unlike other developed countries such as The United States who offer 12 weeks of paid family leave, Ireland only offers 26 weeks statutory maternity leave under the Employment Protection Act (1978). Although this might seem like a short amount of time compared to what other developed countries offer, Ireland does allow for longer periods if the mother chooses to do so.
How do you do a pregnancy photo shoot at home?
There are many ways to do a pregnancy photo shoot at home and so it is important you find what works for you. Photoshoots can be done with your partner or family, by yourself, if you have friends who model they may help out as well. It’s also completely ok to hire a professional photographer!
The first thing that needs to happen is picking the right time of day for your shoot (morning/afternoon/evening).
At this point in my pregnancy, I feel like most pictures turn out best during afternoon light but everyone feels different about their belly at various stages: some women show more towards the end of photos and others earlier on – either way, morning and evening shooting will work!
It comes down to what time of day you feel most comfortable and the best light for your shoot.
It’s also important to pick a good location that will be highlighted by sunlight! It may sound weird but you want there to be shadows on your face too (this is for dramatic effect).
If it’s an outdoor scene then try looking at spots where they’re deep enough in the shade so the sun isn’t directly hitting your faces, this way it’ll cast beautiful shadows down as well. In my case, I don’t have many options since we live next door to the hospital LOL so I just look around our house or outside our apartment complex.
You can take pictures indoors as well if necessary: shopping malls are great because they’re typically brightly lit and there are lots of nice spots to take pictures.