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My Favorite Maternity Dresses From Our Curated Closet


May 15, 2019


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It can be really hard to find the right dress for your maternity session. You want something that fits well and makes you feel beautiful, but its hard to justify breaking the bank when you know you won’t ever be able to wear it once your baby arrives. It can also be a challenge to find the right dress when you are on a tight timeline,

These reasons are why Fresh Light Photography has created a curated client wardrobe available as a complimentary service to all our maternity session clients. We shop at everywhere form local Houston boutiques and online retailers to literally across the world to source the perfect dresses with details that photograph beautifully and are flattering to everyone. Our closet now tops over 100 dresses in sizes from 0-24 so that every mom has plenty of options to choose from.

Today I’m sharing a round up of some of our most popular maternity dresses that our clients can borrow from our studio wardrobe.

Pink Dot Chiffon Dress

mom wearing pink blush maternity dress My assistant and I call this dress the Unicorn because it is universally flattering in cut and color. I have had moms S-XL wear the same dress and it looks beautiful on everyone. We can style it with the matching slip for more coverage or wear it sheer during a studio maternity session to show off your bump.

Retail: $250
Sold by Blush Fashion


Wonder Years Dress

pregnant mom and family at galveston beach

Some dresses I buy at retail, but like any woman, I love a deal. At any given point, I have a list of 8-10 dresses on a watchlist, just waiting for a sale or for them to pop up secondhand. This dress was one of those that I had had my eye on for over a year. Another flexibly sized dress that looks good on just about anyone.

Retail: $310
Sold by Fillyboo


Bouquet Toss Chiffon Dress

show me your mumu maternity dress used during outdoor photo session

This dress is ideal for maternity sessions in my field in the spring and summer. The floral pattern is something a little different and the faux wrap is flattering for growing bellies.

Retail: $198
Sold by Show Me Your Mumu


Open Road Lace Tunic

pregnant mom wearing open road tunic

A lot of cheap knock-offs of this Free People design  have popped up over the years, but nothing compares the softness and drape of the high end original. It is probably one of my most used pieces because it is so versatile both in size and level of coverage depending on if you prefer to wear it bare or with a slip underneath. I love photographing silhouettes in this tunic so with your pregnant belly only being lightly concealed by the lace

Retail: $128
Sold by Free People, but no longer available


Taupe Lace Dress

mom and dad cradling pregnant belly during photo shoot

Another client favorite, this lace dress’s taupe color is so flattering for most skin tones. Because I prefer to only use a palette of neutrals in my work, offering plenty of variations in that range is important so that every mom has plenty of options that look great with her unique completion.

Retail: $78
Sold by a small boutique in Houston


Bellflower Lace Maxi

mom wearing anthropologie medallion dress

I’ve been sourcing dresses for the client wardrobe for years, so many of the dresses I have are no longer available to purchase without some serious Poshmark or Ebay stalking. This dress is in the larger end of my range and is perfect either in the studio or outdoors. The tone on tone medallion pattern give it interest while a simple silhouette make it a classic.

Retail: $158
Sold by Anthropologie, but no longer available

Hermes Dress

bhldn maternity dressed used during portrait session

This dress is so romanic and ethereal and drapes beautifully across a pregnant belly. I love the unexpected ruched sleeve detail and the movement of the chiffon is stunning outdoors.

Retail: $320
Sold by BHLDN, but no longer available


Aside from their neutral palette and delicate detailing, there is one more thing that all these dresses have in common. Not a single one is actually a maternity dress! This means that even though they all provide plenty of room for a bump, they are also perfect for moms at all stages of their journey. So if you are planning a newborn or family session, all of these dresses and over 100 more are available to you as well.

Our summer and fall calendar is filling for maternity and newborn sessions, and I would love to begin planning for your family too. Be sure to fill out our contact form to get the process started.

  1. Lauren says:

    I love this post. Wardrobe was probably the biggest roadblock for our session, this perfectly illustrates how easy you make it.

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