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Fall Foliage Family Portraits, NJ

What happens when you schedule your fall foliage family session in advance?

You get first dibs on securing a day like this one!!!!

Last year we had the pleasure of photographing families on some of the most glorious fall foliage days of the year. Nothing beats the golden sunlight reflecting through orange and yellow leaves of the autumn trees. Now I sound like a photography nerd and I’m guilty as charged! If you are interested in a fall family or children’s session please don’t hesitate to call and secure your date. It’s not too early!

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What a gorgeous day to take family photos!

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One of our all time favorite fall foliage children’s portraits. Eric found the perfect spot to pose these siblings!

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Our newest model in this family of three is sporting some gorgeous faux fur and a pretty ribbon. Great job choosing such cool outfits mom!

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Doesn’t get cuter than a toddler in a newsboy cap and a sports coat! Wonderful idea for a boys portrait

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This bow tie and velvet jacket is priceless.

Evan’s Newborn Photos in Northern NJ

Stephanie and Mike are the loving new parent’s of adorable baby Ethan. We photographed their wedding at Tappan Hill Mansion years ago. Recently we had the pleasure of reconnecting to capture their newborn session in Northern NJ. Baby Evan was about 10 days old and full of personality. I love his cozy sleepy photos but it’s his personality shining through that really touched my heart. Plus the wallpaper and decor in his nursery is to die for! He is the perfect little baby and we couldn’t be happier for Stephanie and Mike. To see more images of babies, head on over to our gallery of kids and babies on our website.

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Beautiful Baby Girl Charleigh’s Newborn Photos | Ramsey, NJ

Excited to introduce a sampling of baby Charleigh’s newborn pictures. She was such a sweetheart!  A total mush, she loved to be in the comfort of mommy’s arms.  Charleigh’s mom and dad received a gift certificate for their newborn session. What a lovely gift! I was thrilled to be a part of this super sweet present for the new mom and dad! You can purchase gift certificate’s for friends by contacting us through the website.

I love how her sweet little hands are resting on her cheeks. Big blue, open eyes make for adorable newborn photos.

I love how her sweet little hands are resting on her cheeks. Big blue, open eyes make for adorable newborn photos.

The family dining room served as the perfect backdrop for a newborn photo shoot.

The family dining room served as the perfect backdrop for a newborn photo shoot.

Baby Charleigh was a total mush in her mom

Baby Charleigh was a total mush in her mom’s arms during the baby photo session.

I love how baby Charleigh is holding her mom

I love how baby Charleigh is holding her mom’s hand in this photo.

Fast asleep in her rocker. This is one of my favorite scenes for a newborn photo because before you know it Charleigh will be sitting in that chair reading stories. I love to see them grow.

Fast asleep in her rocker. This is one of my favorite scenes for a newborn photo because before you know it Charleigh will be sitting in that chair reading stories. I love to see them grow.


Charleigh’s mom had this beautiful hair tie. It’s always nice when my client’s think ahead and purchase some special accessories for their babies’ photo shoot.

A new home for a growing family! We braved the cold for this shot but it was so worth it!

A new home for a growing family! We braved the cold for this shot but it was so worth it!

Thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography for your newborn photo session! It’s always a dream to work with babies! Here’s to loving your life’s work!

Brooke and Eric

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A Cute Be Creative Kids Model | NJ Children’s Portraits

Warm weather is headed our way which means that it’s a great time to get outside and capture some adorable images of children. I’m looking forward to photographing many new and smiling faces this year. Here is one of my favorite photos of my 10 year old sister. Yes, that’s right – I have a 10 year old sister! Marlie and Miles are lucky to have such a cool Aunt. Fara is one of the greatest little models I have the pleasure of photographing every year.


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Spring Break Special, Be Creative Photography Wyckoff, NJ

Dear Friends,


Spring Break is here, YIPPIE!  Don’t suffer from stay-cation boredom.  We have some great ideas for you and the little ones. How about a picnic at a beautiful arboretum with trails, bridges, fountains, gardens and more? Or a nature adventure at a gorgeous botanical garden with plenty of trees to climb, fields to run free, flowers to wow, and butterflies to chase?


We’d love to take you there for a fun afternoon that will be sure to delight you and the kids. And the best part is that we will document the whole adventure by taking beautiful pictures along the way.


So make a date with us, pack a blanket, your sun hat, butterfly catchers and LETS GO!


Best part about this invitation is that with these photos you will have a jump start on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts for your loved ones. Your husband and wife will love how you chose to spend a day of your vacation!  And the memories will be priceless.


Now, the not so good news.  Spring Break was like yesterday. There are only so many days in a weeks vacation so please don’t hesitate to call us and book your session as there are only a few spots available!


As if all of these reasons weren’t good enough to book an afternoon with Be Creative, here is one more!  The Spring Fairy has dropped off three $100 gift certificates that we can’t wait to give away.


We hope to hear from you soon and we can’t wait to reveal our Spring Break destinations. This offer expires April 20th!
Sunshine and Good Times!


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Brooke and Eric Lagstein

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 🙂

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