happy 4th!!!

we had fun with friends and sparklers last night
as we got into the patriotic spirit of the 4th!
excited to celebrate independence day in our nation’s capital today!

happy 4th of july!
  1. Kingsley is SOOO into the sparklers!

  2. Very cool! I went to DC in July once right after the 4th but one day I'm going for this wonderful holiday!

  3. looks really cool!
    x

  4. Kuleigh

    This is the best! You all have really cute, festive outfits! Hope your July 4th is awesome!

  5. How fun! You captured the sparklers perfectly! Enjoy July 4th in the capital! :)
    Best,
    Danielle
    loveandlookpretty.blogspot.com

  6. have fun! love the sparklers

  7. Dianna

    I love this, how did you do this??

  8. Oh I absolutely adore these photos :)

  9. Lex C.

    these are so cool! we did this in kenya with our mission team!

  10. Love this so much!!

    what shutter speed did you use to take this?

  11. Kristen

    love the pictures, got to try this myself!

  12. Fun photos! Happy 4th to you and yours!

  13. Sini

    Great photos! :)

  14. Taylor

    LOVE the sparkler pics! I have been seeing that a lot this year, I was telling my boyfriend we should try it! Yours turned out soooo cool. My bf didn't want to try it though!

    Happy 4th :)

  15. love that yellow skirt.
    i just thought to myself, "something's missing here…." oh yeah – eleanor :)

  16. how cute!! Happy fourth!

  17. Autumn

    I am guessing you are the one in the yellow skirt :)

  18. Jessica

    I love those pictures. I've always wanted to do something like that but could never get it to turn out. Happy 4th of July! :D

  19. kwistin

    oh. that is just freaking fantastic. happy fourth from the west! :)

  20. Monique

    You guys are so fun! love this!

  21. oh my goodness I just love your blog so much! And those sparklers! Too cute! Kingsley loves them too :)

  22. It would be super cool if you did a blog post on how to do these pictures. I have tried sooo hard but never turns out so wel! I love it!! Have a good 4th!

    Cambria
    http://www.camabia.com

  23. It would be super cool if you did a blog post on how to do these pictures. I have tried sooo hard but never turns out so wel! I love it!! Have a good 4th!

    Cambria
    http://www.camabia.com

  24. that takes talent, bravo!

  25. This is adorable. Happy Fourth!!

  26. Awesome picks!! Kingsley kinda looks like a ghost in his :D

  27. Shelby

    You are an absolute rockstar but you already knew that of course! I tried to this with my sparklers tonight but sadly it failed. I'm insanely jealous!

  28. Nicole*

    cool pictures! happy 4th!

  29. happy 4th! awesome pictures!

  30. SO fun. Happy 4th of July!

  31. Very cool how you did that with the sparklers! Happy 4th!
    Angela
    grahamandangela.blogspot.com

  32. Carla

    Those 2 photos are great!
    Carla xx.

  33. The photos are so great!! We love making stuff like that, too! Happy Independence Day!!
    Katie

  34. Love the DC pride! My dogs would look like ghosts if I tried to do a long exposure shot like that.

  35. amber

    ahhh i love writing with sparklers!! so much fun :)

  36. Caty

    I love that sparkler trick. Happy 4th!

  37. LB

    Sparklers are my all time fave!!! Glad you had a lovely 4th!

  38. Molly

    i also want to learn the sparkler trick. please tell!

  39. Laur.

    this is all so lovely! i would love the planet gear gear or ruche looks stunning. you're such a rockstar!

  40. Megan

    AWESOME photos!

  41. JenLynn

    Great photography. Three cheers for sparklers.

  42. ooooh! these photos are so great!

  43. I love these photos! I can't believe you guys got it all in one try – best fourth of July weekend ever.

  44. i'm sad i missed out on fireworks and sparklers because i was sick :(

  45. Hey, Josh was in my ward growing up! Crazy…

    You guys just have the cutest blog and the cutest family EVER! Eleanor is absolutely adorable, and you are super-talented. Love it!

    -Angie (Porter) Wilson

  46. oh my god , i just LOVE these photos! i'm so jealous of your sparkles , we don't have them in my country! :( i don't even know how they work! lucky you! have a wonderful week with lovely experiences like this one ! xo

  47. Kelly

    I like that Kingsley is the only one not cooperating and not standing still. He has so many legs!

  48. Kenyon

    Love it! What settings did you use for the sparkler pictures?

    I was in the capital last night, too! Weren't the fireworks amazing?

  49. KayBee

    Love your photos- you look like you always have a good time celebrating :)

  50. Ahhhh these are amazing! Looks like lots of fun was had!

  51. kylee

    you guys always have the best sparkler pictures! looks like you had fabulous fourth!

  52. erin

    i love sparkly spelling! terrific photos.

  53. Love the sparklers! Adorable!

  54. wow, i am very impressed with your sparkler skills!

  55. Ainsley

    how fun! and what great pictures…!

  56. Yesssssssssssss painting with sparklers! Well done. Well, well done. Not even gonna ask how many takes this took. ;)

  57. Yesssssssssssss painting with sparklers! Well done. Well, well done. Not even gonna ask how many takes this took. ;)

  58. WOW That's awesome!!! Looks soo cool!

  59. Don

    We approve of your photo :)

    Don Whiteside
    Managing Editor, WeLoveDC.com

  60. Oh fun! I've always wanted to try something like this. Did you all have to write your letters at the same time? How long of a shutter speed did you use?