Having a maternity photo session is a great way to capture your pregnancy during this special time- after having three children, I can tell you that you will always treasure the photos of when you carried your little ones! If you’re expecting and looking for pregnancy gowns for pictures of your beautiful bump, look no further.
There are lots of options available and trying to pick from all the beautiful dresses can feel quite overwhelming (thank you, pregnancy hormones!). Before you make your choice here are a few things to keep in mind as you look for the perfect gorgeous maternity gown- plus some of my personal favorites!
Tips for Buying the Best Pregnancy Gowns For Pictures
Decide the type of fit you’d like beforehand.
As you can see from the options below, there are all types of fitting options for gowns. Before you make your purchases, decide if you’d like something free-flowing versus figure fitting. Check out the sizing chart to make sure you get the exact size you’ll need. If you’re purchasing several weeks or months prior to your maternity shoot, keep your growing belly in mind!
Consider reselling options.
Since you won’t be pregnant forever (although it can feel like it at the end!) take good care of your gown so you can resell it to another expecting mom if you don’t want to store it. Some moms hang on to their maternity gowns as part of a keepsake, which is of course a lovely thing to show your kids!
Keep the season in mind.
Whether your pictures will be taken outside in the mid-heat of summer or in a foot of snow in the middle of winter, keep this in mind as you go through the purchase process. Select thinner or thicker fabrics (see the lovely options below) to help keep you comfortable during your photo shoot and keep your beautiful belly from getting too hot or cold- or of course a little shrug or scarf can make a lovely and practical addition to the photo session.
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Solid Patterns and Soft Fabrics Are Better
There’s something to be said for keeping eyes on the important things – the baby bump! Bold patterns on your maternity photoshoot dress may distract from that. Some fabrics can also have the same effect (think brocade fabric or with a brocade in it). This can be too much. Lace patterns or softer fabrics work much better and lead to more free flowing with images.
This white boho maternity dress is a gorgeous dress for pregnant women that has a soft lace pattern and is ideal if you don’t want long sleeves. It also does a great job doubled up as a dress for family photos after baby has arrived thanks to the flowing skirt- this is a top choice for budget-conscious and mamas who don’t want to sacrifice style!
For mom’s that want a little more coverage, a beautiful lace dress with a little bit of color could be just the ticket- especially for the cooler months. This dress also comes in several different solid colors (if you’re looking for a pink blush color go with the ‘peach’) so you could choose something that you love for your special occasion.
Planning a winter photo shoot with your maternity photographer? It doesn’t get much more gorgeous than this velvet dress that would work great in colder climates.
Color For Your Maternity Photo Shoot Dress
Of course, in your maternity pictures you want to highlight your bump in an elegant way. Bright or light colors (including white) that do just that. This means avoiding blacks or dark blues that can cover up and reduce your bump during your maternity sessions. You could always save darker maternity dresses for classy baby showers, or your babymoon if you are lucky enough to be going away before baby arrives!
This Saslax Maternity Off Shoulder Gown is a great example of wearing bold, bright colors and has 86% 4-5 star ratings. The stretchy material is gorgeous in red but this style also comes in lots of different colors (see the stunning pictures uploaded by customers). This dress will help take maternity photography to the next level as it can be arranged for a dramatic look- ideal for nature-based shoots.
This Mermaid-like dress is great example of fairly formal maternity gowns that deliver a vibrant pop of color to your photos. The flow of this skirt also would look great for effect, particularly in the breeze or if you go for an underwater shoot (a trendy, great option if you want something different!)
A Fitted – But Not Too Fitted Dress
Having some shape to your dress is a good idea. Generally, a tighter top with a free flow of fabric under your belly is most advisable so it hugs you in all the right places. This gives you room to move and also creates a really nice silhouette.
If you feel comfortable, opt for a dress that has an open front. This gives you some movement with the fabric of the dress and also you can expose your tummy for those glowy, mom-to-be shots!
A soft fabric with a chiffon train, this is a flowy option that is fitted through the arms but open at the bottom.
A gorgeous off-the-shoulder option that has coverage so that it could easily be worn both for pictures as well as for a baby shower or party.
If you do want a more fitted option but that still is comfortable and doesn’t look too tight, this is a good option. It is backless and beautiful.
Pregnancy Gowns For Pictures: Final Thoughts
Remember the most important thing about choosing pregnancy gowns for pictures is picking something that you love and will be comfortable wearing for your photos. You might even consider choosing two different outfits to mix up the photos, or for indoor and outdoor pictures.
Regardless, this is a special time that will be cherished for weeks and years to come. Pick exactly what you want and have fun!
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