Here are my top 11 finds for the best maternity dresses and gowns for a photoshoot in 2023. From inexpensive to high-end gowns, there are options for everyone.

The third trimester is a wonderful time to take maternity pictures to remember your baby bump! From a special occasion to baby showers, to a maternity photo shoot, we mama’s need at least one picture-perfect dress that we feel stunning in. Here are my top 11 finds, ranked from least expensive to most expensive, for the best maternity dresses and gowns for a maternity photoshoot in 2023.

What should I wear for a maternity photo shoot?

One regret I have from my pregnancies is I never invested in good maternity photography. Because pregnancy was hard for me (as it is for so many of us), I didn’t realize that one day I would wish to remember that time in my life. I never bought a formal gown or cared much about maternity fashion. I don’t want you to make the same mistake. Take the time to book a maternity shoot, even if a friend takes the photos. Buy the dress, do your hair and makeup, and let someone take pictures of the happy pregnant woman you are!

11 of the Best Maternity Dresses and Gowns for a Photoshoot in 2023

The Mommie Jennie Maternity Dress $21.99

This Mommie Jennie dress is an off the shoulder, floor length dress that’s simple and stylish in comfortable rayon fabric. It’s made to be fitted and curve in the right places to show off your beautiful belly. It comes with 5 color options and a flutter sleeve or off the shoulder option. Because this dress is a very stretchy material, it shows underwear lines. Keep that in mind when planning to wear for photos or to a baby shower. You may need to skip the underwear or wear shapewear. Get it here.

Maxi Dresses from your favorite shop $30ish

Whether it be Forever 21, Free People, or TJ Maxx, during the spring you can score good Maxi dress options for between $20-$30. The beauty of this option is that it is wearable for the postpartum and beyond days. The colors are bright and cheery and there are all kinds of options from solids to bold patterns. This particular bohemian style maxi dress from Amazon comes in a variety of patterns and with the coupon offered, is under $30.

Split Gown Sheer Maxi Maternity Dress $31.99

Definitely for the warmer weather. This maternity dress exposes your beautiful baby bump as well as your legs. It wouldn’t be an appropriate option for special events because it is completely sheer from the waist down. Think beachy photos, boudoir, or sunset photos! This dress looks beautiful paired with a handmade floral crown. It’s a beautiful sheer dress for a maternity photoshoot, but it’s probably a one-time wear option. Get it here.

Mother Bee Maternity Dress $39.95

This is a best-selling maternity dress on Amazon. This dress is made to be flowy so it grows with your baby bump but also looks great as postpartum wear. Mother Bee’s dress is designed with style and comfort in mind. The majority of reviewers stated they bought this dress for their baby shower and loved it. It comes with lots of options in solid colors as well as a few patterns. And of course, the beauty of Amazon for prime members is free shipping. Get it here!

Shein Maternity Dresses $43

Shein has many different styles of maternity dresses. This particular one caught my eye. It’s a glamorous, off-the-shoulder flowy dress, with room to grow. The burnt orange color is stunning, but the burgundy is lovely as well. Shein offers coupon codes for 10% off when you sign up for emails. They also offer many different casual and elegant maternity dresses. So many cute ones to choose from! Get it here.

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Dcdress Maternity Dress $58 (for floor length)

This beautiful dress is handmade and designed according to your measurements. The fabric is luxurious and flowy and looks beautiful in photos. Perfect for a baby shower, special occasion, or maternity photos, this dress will not disappoint. It is available in a knee length or floor length option and a whopping 40+ different colors. There are even two sequin options if that’s your jam. Get it here.

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The Saslax Maternity Off The Shoulder Dress $65.99

This dress is a gorgeous maternity gown that is beautiful for pregnant women. It is designed in over 20 solid colors with long sleeves. This dress is made to be worn off the shoulder, but according to the reviews, many women who preferred their shoulders covered said it looked great that way too.

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Birdy Grey Maternity Gowns $99

This one is a well-kept secret. Birdy Grey is known for its inexpensive bridesmaid dresses (all are under $100), but they have a category of bump-friendly dresses as well. These beautiful dresses have flowy fabric with colors that are light, airy, and beautiful. With fabrics of chiffon and mesh and 5 different styles of neckline options, there’s something for everyone. They specialize in sleeveless, strapless, and short sleeve dresses that are wonderful for warmer weather. I personally have purchased from Birdy Grey and was completely satisfied. The dress was well made, a great fit, and looked beautiful in photos.

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Agneshka Maternity Boho Flutter Dress $124

I mean, wow! A Bohemian-inspired, lace dress that is simply stunning. This dress is handmade and reminds me very much of something you would find from the Free People brand. This dress has plenty of length and comes in two colors: ivory and burgundy. It truly is a one-of-a-kind flutter dress. This is a lace dress, so it is see-through and does not come with a slip. A slip may be purchased separately, or you could wear one you already own. See the Agneshka Boho dress here.

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Pink Blush Maternity Evening Gown $129

Pink Blush offers many different options of formal maternity gowns for your maternity session. With a price range from $89-$156, there are many options to choose from. Pinkblush usually will offer a percentage off of the first order for new subscribers. and frequently runs sales. So, if you find a dress you love, you can probably get it at a discount. With many different styles and colors to choose from, Pinkblush has something you are sure to love. Get this beautiful dress here.

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Sexy Mama Maternity $176

Sexy Mama Maternity offers a HUGE variety of maternity dresses and several with detachable trains. I love this idea because you can purchase one dress, but get two different looks from it. They are owned and operated in the USA and 100% female-run! They offer a variety of colors and many bright color options which I haven’t found with other companies. An offer of 15% off for a new account when you join their mailing list helps lower the prices.

Need a white dress for your maternity photoshoot dress? Or perhaps you’re getting married with a beautiful bump? They have this as well! Your local bridal shops also have great options for pure white gowns in several cuts. You can shop for long gowns, short dresses, short sleeves, long sleeves, and even wedding gowns from the Sexy Mama Maternity website. Find them here.

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11 of the Best Maternity Dresses and Gowns for a Photoshoot in 2022

There you have it! My top 11 Maternity Gowns and Dresses for the year. A couple of things I love about this list: the prices range quite a bit meaning something is hopefully available for everyone, and there are a variety of store options, from the ease of online Amazon shopping to handmade Etsy dresses, and brick and mortar shops too. This list is completely compiled from my own opinions and research.

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Rachel is a wife, mother, published author, nurse, childbirth educator, Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator, and recipe creator. Rachel's passion is to encourage and empower women in all things related to motherhood.


  1. Great information, hope you share this post, tomorrow I will go try some styles

  2. Embroidery Designs Reply

    Amazing post got ideas for my upcoming shoot through the blog

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