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The 23 Best, Most Comfortable Maternity Dresses for Photoshoots—Or Any Special Occasion

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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.

Best spring and summer maternity dresses

Pietro Brunelli Chloe Ruffle Sleeve Maternity Dress
Pietro Brunelli Chloe Ruffle Sleeve Maternity Dress — $236.00

We love this light and airy, smocked dress that has ample room to grow. The ruffled sleeves, maxi length, and tiered style is perfect for a beach photoshoot.

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.

Ladies Dressing Gown Perspective Sheer Long Robe Puffy Tulle Robe Sheer for Maternity Photoshoot — $150.00

If you’re looking to truly immortalize your pregnant body, look no further than this haute couture-inspired robe. The absolutely amazing look has dramatic ruffles that will surround you in tulle for an unforgettable photo. You’ll feel like a movie star in this unique look that comes in 14 colors.

The Bellarose Gown — $88.00

This classic, floral gown is stretchy and soft and will grow with you through trimesters. The mermaid shape highlights your bump, while the versatile sleeves allow you to wear it off the shoulder for a bit of arm coverage.

Satin Maternity Nightgown — $59.00

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.

HATCH The Grace Dress
HATCH The Grace Dress — $248.00

This floral dress is made of lightweight cotton to keep you looking and feeling cool. It has flutter sleeves and a drape that will flatter your bump. You can throw it on during or after pregnancy.

MAMA Tie-belt Crêped Dress — $40.00

This midi dress is light and airy, and has a removable belt. Made of rayon, it’s machine washable and ideal for spring and summer. It’s great for a photoshoot but also for an everyday look. Plus, it’s very affordable.

Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & IsabelFlutter Short Sleeve Knit Maternity Dress
Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & IsabelFlutter Short Sleeve Knit Maternity Dress — $34.00

Soft and stretchy, this knit dress wraps has a criss-cross bodice and a high-low hem that drapes to fit you as your body continues to change. It’s available in two colors, in sizes XS to XXL. The flutter sleeves add a feminine touch to this dress that can be worn during pregnancy and postpartum.

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 5X, 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).

Maternity Dress for Photography Off Shoulder Chiffon Gown Split Front Maxi Pregnancy Dresses for Photoshoot — $25.00

To showcase your bare bump, check out this split front dress that allows you to pose sideways with your belly on full display. The delicate off-the-shoulder design gives a very angelic feel. It comes in a variety of colors like pink, blue, white, yellow, and more, and is a sheer chiffon, so make sure you pick up some coordinating undies.

Maternity Photography Props Floral Lace Dress Fancy Pregnancy Gown for Baby Shower Photo Shoot — $36.00

If you love lace, check out this dramatic pick. It’s off-the-shoulder, full-length, and has a train, so it will surely be a show-stopping photoshoot. It’s fully lined and made from stretchy lace, so you’ll still be comfortable while turning heads. It comes in six colors, has over 5,000 reviews, and a 4.5 star rating.

Seraphine Linen & Cotton Midi Maternity & Nursing Dress — $99.00

This dress is a winner for a sophisticated (but casual) summertime maternity photoshoot. Or picnic—you pick! It’s also meant to be worn post-pregnancy given it’s nursing-friendly design.

Hill House Home The Crepe Athena Nap Dress
Hill House Home The Crepe Athena Nap Dress — $125.00

The Nap Dress has been long-beloved by pregnant and non-pregnant people alike. Made of a crepe fabric woven from recycled post-consumer plastics, the Athena style is a win for anyone who loves a wrinkle-resistant dress they can wear during their photoshoot as well as out to dinner.

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.

Best fall and winter maternity dresses

Plus Size Hacci Knit Maternity Dress
Plus Size Hacci Knit Maternity Dress — $29.00

This bodycon look, although fitted, is also comfy and flexible. The knit dress comes in sizes 1x to 3X. It can be dressed up or down, and is machine washable.

Off-Shoulder Maternity Gown & Photoshoot Dress
Off-Shoulder Maternity Gown & Photoshoot Dress

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—blue, pink, and black—to suit your photoshoot theme.

HATCH The Rib Knit Skylar Dress
HATCH The Rib Knit Skylar Dress — $248.00

This comfy, ribbed knit dress hugs your curves to show off your bump oh-so perfectly. It has a mock turtleneck for those chillier days and three-quarter sleeves. It comes in mauve or olive, and is perfect for a minimalist look.

KIM S Maxi Dress with Flower
KIM S Maxi Dress with Flower — $35.00

This simple yet beautiful fitted dress has long sleeves and a removable floral sash to wear above your bump. It comes in 12 colors and patterns, from sizes small to 3X. It’s also stretchy enough to be a great breastfeeding dress postpartum.

HATCH The Quilted Belen Dress
HATCH The Quilted Belen Dress — $218.00

This quilted dress is like wearing your comfiest sweater out, but way more stylish. It has a mock turtleneck and drop shoulders, and lots of room for your growing bump. You can wear it as is, pair it with some accessories, or layer it with a button-up shirt.

Ripe Nella Rib Nursing Knit Dress
Ripe Nella Rib Nursing Knit Dress — $103.00

Stretchy and soft, this rib knit dress will be there for you throughout your pregnancy and then to nursing. It has lift up nursing access to make feeding time a little easier when baby arrives.

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