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Eric Lagstein Wedding Photojournalist WPJA Award Winner

It is with great joy that I am posting my hubbys award winning images from The Wedding Photojournalist Association. Congratulations on these amazing shots Eric!

1st place in the Musicians and DJs Category

11th Place in the Mobile Devices Category

20th Place in the Details Found category


Although the above images took the prize, here are more worthy photojournalistic moments that are equally as awesome!

Wedding at the Tribeca Rooftop – Johanna & Mike

Johanna and Mike had a beautiful, action packed wedding at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. Take a look at some of their favorite images of the day. We just loved everything about them. From their undeniable adoration of each other, to the gorgeous decor, and the amazing dance and drum performance – this wedding knocked our socks off. Congratulations to a wonderful couple!  Thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography

Amy + Jeff’s Wedding at Tappan Hill Mansion

Amy and Jeff’s wedding was vibrant, joyful, authentic, stylish and everything one could wish for. We are so happy they chose Be Creative to photograph their wedding. Tappan Hill Mansion never disappoints. A venue that has it all; top notch catering by Abigail Kirsch, a beautiful terrace for the ceremony that overlooks the Hudson River, and fantastic ballroom settings for dinner and dancing!  We shot their 8 times last year and it never gets old! (Check out Danielle and Rob‘s Wedding also at Tappen Hill,)

Check out what Amy and Jeff had to say after the wedding. We just love getting letter like this!  Thank you guys!

What is so special is that your photographs really brought back amazing memories, exactly what great pictures should be able to do. When looking through the photos, the emotions, joy and love of that day all came flooding back to us. All our family and friends have so far shared the same sentiments. We are so lucky to have worked with you. There were even times when we were looking at them, when we asked ourselves… was this all really our wedding? Those people really looked like they had a blast at this wedding!!!

Amy & Jeff”



Ceremony & Reception: Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown NY
Floral Design & Lighting & Decor: Diana Gould
Reception Music: Big Ric Rising
Hair: Fine Artistik Salon in NYC
Shoes: Jimmy Choos
Dress: Pronovias



Mathew - Fantastic work! Looking at these dancing pictures makes me wanna dance! Great energy :)

adayofbliss - She wear really very pretty dress. The way of their wedding place is decorated beautifully. I think they all are enjoy a lot and both are looking good together.

Mikayla Bivona - I don’t know what else to say but, beautiful pictures. And beautiful dress. :)

Joni Schrantz - Love the shot of the bride in front of the window. Also the reception shots are pretty epic! Such energy. Great work!

Tom Ellis - Wow! Simply love your work. Great shots of the horah and other dancing, you certainly do have the gift for candid photos.

Joni Schrantz - How wonderful! I love the energy between these two. Gorgeous shots! Looks like a great pair to work with.

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 :-)

Photos of Today :)

Two teasers from Kate and Ray’s wedding at the Park Savoy.


Renee Moore - Lovely work :)

Documentary Wedding Photographer Kevin Mullins - Really cool photos – love the dance shot. Great capture, emotion and the B&W works so well there too.

Jerzy Modrak - Lovely colors in the 1st one, an awesome moment in the 2nd one! Would love to see more!

Melissa- California Wedding Photographer - Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more.

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 :)

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