Today I’m talking all about where to buy the best dresses for maternity photos and how to pick the right outfit for your pregnancy pictures.
Shopping for Maternity Photos
Do you have maternity photos coming up and need to find a dress to wear for pictures? I’m sharing the best places to buy beautiful dresses online at every price point.
What to Wear for Maternity Photos
Let’s talk about what to wear for maternity photos. You want pictures that are timeless and capture this beautiful (and probably uncomfortable) stage where your body is doing something amazing. Figuring out what to wear can be a bit overwhelming. My top recommendation is to wear a dress for at least one of your outfits. If you want to go basic with jeans for another look, you can, but today I’m focusing on recommendations for finding the best dress for your maternity shoot.
Maxi dress (flowy)
The top choice for most women when picking a dress for maternity photos is a maxi dress. The silhouette is incredibly flattering on all pregnant bodies and, if you pick the right one, it is also incredibly comfortable. A maxi dress is great because you’ll also be able to wear it after photos through the rest of your pregnancy.
The movement + draping of the flowing fabric looks gorgeous in pictures and you can easily place a hand under your belly to really show off the bump even with a flowing material.
Bodycon dress (fitted)
Maternity photos are a time to celebrate your growing and changing body. Whatever your size, your body is amazing right now! It is growing a human! A tightly fitting bodycon dress hugs your curves and shows off the shape of pregnancy. It also does a great job showcasing the baby bump.
If you’re not comfortable with a bodycon dress, don’t worry. You can still show off the baby bump by holding in a less fitted dress for certain images.
Consider bringing one fitted and one flowy option for your photoshoot
Patterns vs. Neutrals:
The general rule for pictures is to stay away from big + bold patterns. As a photographer, I’m a fan of more neutral colors and very subtle patterns because they lend themselves to more timeless (less trendy) photos and really put the focus on the emotion and connection between subjects.
You can’t go wrong picking a solid color dress or something with a small pattern (think very small flowers instead of big flowers on a dress).
Where to Buy Best Maternity Dresses for Pictures
Pink Blush (top recommendation)
Pink Blush has a huge selection of flowy maxi dresses which photograph beautifully. They also have some shorter bodycon style dresses if you’re really looking to highlight the bump without a full dress.
Pink Blush dresses come at a good price point the 5+ dresses I’ve ordered from there have always been incredibly soft and comfortable. Pink Blush also has a Maternity Plus selection so if you’re looking for a wider range of sizes, start here!
They even have a dedicated selection of photoshoot gowns (find them here).
Here are a few favorites from Pink Blush that would be beautiful for a maternity session:
If you are looking for a higher quality maternity dress (or maybe something you can wear for pictures and then to a summer wedding), Pea in a Pod Maternity carries a lot of higher end maternity brands with gorgeous options.
With a beautiful selection of formal, semi formal, and daywear maternity dresses, this British brand is a beautiful choice. You won’t find anything that drapes quite as beautifully and their buttery fabrics are so soft against your stretching skin.
These dresses come at a higher price point and you can see and feel the difference the quality makes.
Amazon has everything these days, including great maxi dress options for your maternity photos. Almost all of the Amazon dresses I’ve linked below come in 4-30 colors so you can find exactly what you want.
You can find dresses at a variety of price points and I’ve included some great options below:
If you’re looking for something fun and trendy, Asos is always a good place to look. They have a great collection of modern cuts and colors. For example, instead of a basic maxi, you can try their kimono maxi dress in this gorgeous peach color. The prices vary depending on the type of dress but you’re look at between $30 and $150.
H&M does really well at the maternity game. While I usually think of them for good basics, work wear, and cute tops, they also have a selection of dresses that would work for maternity photos. And likely, the dress you got here would be something you’d want to wear over and over again for the rest of your pregnancy.
From basic flowing maxi dresses to more formal maternity gowns, Nordstrom has you covered. The best part is they offer free shipping + returns so feel free to order a couple or a few different sizes so you can figure out what works best for you from the comfort of your bedroom.
Okay, tell me, what did you wear for your maternity pictures?
Is there somewhere else you’d recommend for dresses?