I was exactly like you and didn't know how to go about it. I tried my hand at doing my own photos with friends kids but I didn't really have the skills to get the best out of the photos.
I pretty much put a shoutout on my FB page asking for a photog to do a item swap for photos and had one reply! So I am almost finished her box of goodies and she already has a model lined up for the shoot!
My fingers are crossed for you