Top 10 Fav Maternity Gowns and Why

As a maternity and family photographer in Columbia, I’ve worked with many beautiful expectant mamas over the years. One thing that always makes my heart skip a beat is when I see my client wearing a stunning maternity gown for her session. 

Not only does the right dress highlight a woman’s glowing pregnancy curves, but it also creates an ethereal, dreamlike quality in the photos that takes my breath away every time. That’s why I’m thrilled to share my top 10 favourite maternity gown styles, along with all the reasons I adore photographing mamas-to-be in them. 

The Flowy Maxi Dress  

flowy maxi  maternity gown

There’s just something incredibly graceful about a long, flowy maxi dress gently skimming over a mama’s belly. The lightweight fabrics offer beautiful movement during our outdoor sessions as if the dress is dancing with her. 

The Luxe Lace Dress  

The Luxe Lace Dress  maternity gown

You can never go wrong with lace for maternity portraits! The intricate, delicate pattern adds a feminine, vintage-inspired texture. Whether fitted or flowy, lace gowns hug expectant curves in all the right places while letting that sweet baby bump steal the show. 

The Boho Crochet Stunner  

The Boho Crochet Stunner maternity gown

For a bohemian beauty, a crochet or macramé dress is an absolute dream. The intricate detailing and natural textured fabrics look incredibly romantic and ethereal in photos. You just can’t beat that vintage, carefree vibe. 

The Whimsical Tulle Gown  

Want to feel like you’ve stepped straight out of the pages of a storybook? A tulle maternity gown with its dreamy, layered skirt is simply magical for maternity photos. The lightweight tulle adds a whimsical, airy quality that makes portraits look exceedingly special. 

The Casual Knit Sweater Dress  

Of course, not every maternity session calls for an ultra-fancy gown! Sometimes cozier, more casual looks are best – especially for those newborn sessions after the baby’s arrival. A soft, stretchy knit sweater dress flatters that beautiful postpartum shape while still feeling like “you.” 

The Timeless Lace or Chiffon Dress 

The Timeless Lace or Chiffon Dress

Is there anything more glamorous than a lacey or chiffon dress for gorgeous maternity photos? These lightweight, ethereal pieces skim over those pregnancy curves in the most beautiful way. The results are editorial-worthy portraits you’ll cherish forever. 

The Sleek Wrap Maternity Dress

The Sleek Wrap Maternity Dress


An incredibly soft wrap dress has always been a personal favorite of mine. While the crossover neckline adds amazing movement and flows to the photos, the wrap design flawlessly highlights that adorable baby bump. Plus, these dresses can be easily dressed up or down to suit any vibe. 

The Dramatic Off-Shoulder Dress  

The Dramatic Off-Shoulder Dress

Let’s bring a touch of glamour and drama to this dress. An off-shoulder maternity gown creates a statement while still being incredibly figure-flattering. The neckline highlights a woman’s new pregnancy curves and collarbones most charmingly. 

The Elegant Evening Gown  

The Elegant Evening Gown

For those true glam moments – like a formal maternity celebration, wedding, or gala – a showstopping glittering or chiffon evening gown is an absolute must. We’re talking about red-carpet-worthy dresses that highlight your stunning new shape and make you feel like a queen. 

The Stylish Skater Dress  

The Stylish Skater Dress

Last but not least, you just can’t beat the classic skater dress style. The stretchy, fitted bodice hugs that baby bump perfectly, while the flared skirt skims over your legs in the most flattering way. Casual yet cute and fun! 

The Perfect Fit for Your Vision 

No matter which gorgeous maternity gown catches your eye, the most important thing is that you feel stunning, confident, and your best self in front of the camera. That’s why I have an ever-evolving client closet stocked with carefully curated dresses in different styles and sizes. 

We can spend time trying on different looks until you find that perfect dress for bringing your maternity portrait vision to life. My goal is to make your session experience as relaxing and empowering as possible while celebrating this fleeting, magical season of life through gorgeous, heartfelt images. 

Contact me to get more information about maternity photography and discuss your vision.