Four months is also a challenge to photograph. If you put Nora on her belly, she'll roll onto her back. If you put her on her back, she'll roll onto her belly. If you prop her in a sitting position, she'll hold steady for just a moment before tumbling (see evidence below).
When I take portraits of my girls, I rarely have the luxury of spending an hour or two with them, as I would with a client. Typically I see an opportunity open up and run for the camera. I snapped these photos several weeks ago at my parents' house in Minneapolis. (See Cricket's portraits from the trip here. See my other Minneapolis travel posts here and here.) We had about three minutes before she saturated her dress with spit-up, and we couldn't get her to stay sitting in middle of the couch, so we had to wedge her into the corner.
I love how the photos turned out for several reasons. First, the background is recognizable to me as my parents' place, so I'll remember our trip when I look back at them. Second, Nora is giggling at Grandma, which I hope I'll remember, too. Third, her adorable outfit was a gift from my lovely friend, Heidi. Nora wore it to the wedding we attended in New York last month, but she required a wardrobe change before I had a chance to get a photo. Fourth, I love the blurred fingers and toes in some of the shots, which will remind me of her constant wiggles.