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Be Creative Photography featured in today’s local news!

Exciting news!  We are thrilled to be featured in our local news, The Patch.  Read the article below!

Couple Builds Their Passion For Photography Into Business
By Lynn Bruggemann

For Brooke and Eric Lagstein, film is not the only thing that develops in a darkroom. As undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the couple spent hours watching their photography come to life along with their relationship.

The Wyckoff residents took that love of photography — and each other — to launch Be Creative Photography. The couple’s work focuses on capturing life’s joyful events like births, families, engagements, weddings and religious celebrations.

The couple is known for their “celebration of life” style photography. Brooke is responsible for infants, while Eric handles weddings and families.

“We photograph people experiencing true emotions and authentic moments in their lives,” said Brooke.

It was the Lagsteins’ families, in particular their grandfathers, that ignited their interest in photography. Eric told Patch he and Brooke were both given cameras by their grandfathers. The cameras are kept on display in their office for inspiration.

“I grew-up in Mahwah and Eric in Oakland, and we are very family-oriented,” said Brooke.

Be Creative Photography has received national recognition. Eric’s photographs have received awards and accolades from the Wedding Photojournalist Association.

Brooke was hired to photograph Broadway actor and former Wyckoff resident Constantine Maroulis’s newborn daughter Malena. The photos were featured in People magazine’s March 25, 2011 celebrity baby feature.

Brooke recommends Valentine’s Day to parents looking for an excuse to get photos of their children and the Lagsteins offer the following tips for capturing the kids at their best:

1. Choose the time of day that your children are the happiest. Make sure they are well fed and well rested. They will be more likely to play along.

2. Put on your own silly face or get a friend to do something unexpected standing behind you. Kids will really laugh and look directly at the camera. Their smiles will be authentic and real.

3. Capture your children engaged in everyday things like doing their homework, sitting on a swing, playing their instrument, reading a book with their dad. This is a great way to preserve the memories of what your child enjoys and who your child is at that stage of development.

4. If you want to capture your child in a natural landscape like the beach or a field, choose dusk or dawn. This is the most flattering light and it will enhance the mood of the photographs.

5. Fill the frame. You want the subject to take up most of the view finder. Get closer to the subject rather zooming in. Especially with digital photography this will help preserve the quality of the image.

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Mikayla Bivona - Great job aunt Brooke! You are definitely one of my remodels! Uncle Eric, You are also a great remodel! And, you two are both really funny! Say hi to Marlie for me! :) :)

vasanth - Excellent piece of photography :-)

Favorite Images of the Day

I was busy, busy working on images today so I thought I’d show you a few that I love.  This first one is from Stephanie and Mike’s Wedding at Tappan Hill Mansion.


I cannot stop cracking up over this photo!  Pup, is that a rental?

Felice and Matthew’s first dance at Nanias in the Park

Loved this maternity shoot with Scout the adorable German Shepard.

And here is one of my many favorite shots of the precious baby that used to be in that belly above.

And last but not least the undeniably cutest little boy in town, Marlie’s buddy Liam!

Epicurean Creations - Two of my favorite things: babies and weddings! Beautiful shots guys! Keep up the good work. Will keep you in mind for my clients :)

Marlie Lately

It’s been a long time since we have posted photos of Marlie and our Labradoodle Maggie.  Marlie is an official toddler.  Her trademark characteristic these days is independence. She wants to do everything by herself with little to no help from mom and dad.  She likes to feed herself with big girl utensils which results in 3 outfit changes a day. She loves to put on her own clothes even if it means two legs wind up in one pant leg or her arm and head are both through the neck hole.  She loves to hold Maggie’s leash and fortunately Maggie has a soft spot for Marlie so she will walk by her side for at least a few minutes. Marlie is amazed by the world around her.  She gasps with shock and wonder at fire trucks, trains, birds chirping outside.  She also uses her gasp of shock to tattle on herself when she does something wrong.  It is an absolute riot. Our days are filled with daily discoveries around the house and yard, singing all the catchy little toddler tunes, and talking with Marlie because she sure has a lot to say (apparently we understand more than the average Joe but it’s crystal clear to us).

Shooting season is in full swing and we are off to an amazing 2011.  One wedding was at the Jones Beach theatre which was super unique. Engagement sessions and portrait sessions are filling up our weekly calendars. We are hosting meetings for all of our sessions and soon to be clients during the days and some evenings.  It’s amazing we even have time to spend with Marlie.  Somehow it all works, with the support of our amazing nanny and the extra help from our parents, we are forever grateful. We count our blessings that our work and life are so fulfilling and everything just seems to fall into place.

Happy Wedding Season!




Marlie won this Dora at the local carnival. She totally expected that she could hold Dora’s hand and Dora would walk next to her. We are still trying to help her understand this one.


She absolutely loved the rides with Daddy. I’m not into spinning so Eric has to step up for this kind of thing.




Natalie - These pictures of Maggie and Marlie are soo adorable!!! Her grin is so infectious!!

Emily Wilson - Your daughter is adorable! :)

Three become four! Newborn photography Northern NJ

Our buddy Aiden was very excited to introduce me to his little brother Declan James.  What an adorable, wide-eyed, totally alert little baby.  I couldn’t get enough of him and that hair!  Best wishes to mom and dad and congratulations on your beautiful family (and new home too)!  It was a pleasure as always!



Beautiful Family of Three – NJ Newborn Photography

Baby Brynn was only 11 days old during our session.  She truely is a little angel.  We absolutely love to work with creative couples and mom and dad are as about as creative as they come.  Both are graphic designers and very talented artists.  Thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography for your baby’s first portraits.  It was such a pleasure.







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