A maternity photoshoot is an incredibly special event, and if you’re frantically googling “best maternity dresses for a photoshoot,” we get you. For some, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase your body in a way that it will never look again. It’s a way to celebrate your amazing body, and a way to let the world know you’ll be welcoming your little one into the world very soon. These photos can be cherished for a lifetime, and are a truly special thing to show your future child.
Since these photos will likely make their way on to social media, fridges, your parents’ wallets and phone wallpapers, it helps to find a dress that makes you feel amazing. Whether your vision is an intimate at-home shoot, a casual beach shoot, or a dramatic, show-stopping glam sesh, we have found the best maternity dresses for photoshoots below. Most importantly, all are comfortable.
The best maternity dresses for photoshoots—and beyond
Off-Shoulder Maternity Gown & Photoshoot Dress — $72.00
Go big or go home, right? This off-the-shoulder gown will have you feeling like a million bucks in front of your photographer. This stretchy (it has spandex), yet elegant maxi dress comes in four colors—wine, blue, pink, and black—to suit your photoshoot theme.
Hello Miz Women’s Floral Ruffle off Shoulder Maternity Dress — $30.00
If you’re looking for a shorter option in a warmer climate, or just for maximum comfort, try this dress that hits just above the knee. The form-fitting dress is made of jersey and spandex, so it will move and stretch with you. It can be casual or more formal, depending on your accessories, and has a very high 4.6 Amazon customer rating with 2,000 reviews. It comes in almost 50 patterns and colors, with a variety of sleeve lengths.
Satin Maternity Nightgown — $79.00
This is technically a nightgown, which is kinda why we love it so much (it makes taking a nap after said photoshoot much easier, too). The chic piece would fare well in a more intimate-setting, like a home photoshoot—but you can do whatever you want. It comes in three colors, from XS to XL, and is made from super soft rayon satin. It’s also a great piece to wear postpartum.
Hickory Hills Clothing Co. Poppy Dress — $60.00
For the pink-loving mom-to-be, this gingham pink gown is accented with ruffles and pom poms on the sleeves. The elastic waist stretches to accommodate a baby bump. The brand also sells coordinating dresses for little girls—perfect for a second baby maternity shoot.
Seraphine Emerald Knot Front Maternity Maxi Dress — $95.00
This dress wears easy, breezy, but looks expensive and regal. This brand is loved by tons of celebs including Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Made of 95 percent viscose and 5 percent elastane, this dress is machine washable. Pick your pre-pregnancy size and it will fit throughout every trimester.
Blanqi Everyday Maternity Sleeveless Tank Dress — $72.00
If you’re looking to truly accentuate and celebrate your pregnant body, try a mini dress like this ruched number from Blanqi. Its breathable, soft, stretchy material is built for comfort, but the tight, short cut will make you feel sexy and powerful.
Ivy City Ophelia Dress — $98.00
This ethereal, whimsical look is lightweight, flow-y, and effortless. It’s fully lined, and looks great on everyone. It comes in three colors, from sizes XXS to 3X, and is also available in mini and baby versions if you want to match your other children. It’s technically not a maternity dress, but thanks to its stretch, it accommodates your bump (and you can certainly wear it postpartum).
Hill House Home, The Elizabeth Nap Dress — $150.00
The Nap Dress has been long-beloved by pregnant and non-pregnant people alike. Made of 97 percent cotton, the new Elizabeth style is a win for anyone who loves the the longer, classic design, but wants to show a bit more leg in their maternity photoshoot.
Bumpsuit, The Serena Dress — $145.00
All of Bumpsuit’s garments are double-lined with its four-way stretch fabric made of polyester and spandex. That means it’s supportive and body-hugging without being constricting (or see-through!). Consider this style the most comfortable black-tie-ready dress you’ll meet, and keep in mind that it’s also designed to be wearable beyond pregnancy, so you can enjoy the comfort for years to come.
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