In matters to do with photography, there are many people who have gotten into the craft now because high-end digital cameras are not out of their reach now as was before. When you get a baby, your whole life changes and there are so many tiny steps you ought to celebrate and because they will not remain in that situation forever, the best you can do is have photos for the memories.
However, having someone with a great digital camera is not all because the skills of the person behind the camera matter. If it is baby photography, make sure it is what the professional specializes in. Special skills are crucial because they make a difference between a great baby photographer and a good one. Get references to confirm that this is indeed true.
In the work, the photographers get to keep copies of their previous work after the clients have consented for them to build a portfolio. Even if you come across someone with a good portfolio, make sure that you have checked others too because you may come across something unique which you would have missed had you stopped at the first step which is why you should talk to different photographers. No one will include bad shots in the portfolio which means if what you find there is substandard there is a good chance that you will even get worse when you choose to go with that photographer. Make sure that the photographer does love to be around babies because if he loathes them then working together is not going to be easy. The professional may have the skills but find it very hard to do the work if he or she cannot get past the thought of babies being irritating.
Just like any other business, the photographer should be having insurance if he or she is operating the business legally. Anything can go wrong which is means you cannot leave anything to chance. Do not be too caught up with making your friends jealous or the public to hire a service you cannot afford because this might shake your financial capabilities toward the wrong direction. If there is a way you can bring the price down then you should consider this and you may actually come across people who are giving freebies for the sake of building their portfolio and as long as their work is great there is no reason you should not consider that.