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    We are Brooke and Eric, husband and wife, the photographers, the passionate and fun loving team, the BE in Be Creative! Our job is to document the happiest moments of peoples lives. The purpose of this blog is to share some of our favorite images and acknowledge the wonderful people we get to meet. Eric was named one of the top photographers in the world by the WPJA and Brooke is also an international award-winner. But most importantly we love what we do, the people we get to know, and we hope it shows through our work. This blog is brand spanking new as of 2010. We have many years of work cataloged on our old blog too so please go take a peak.

Marlie on our Anniversary Picnic – West Park Winery

Eric and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!  We didn’t want to do anything crazy.  We just wanted to spend the day appreciating all the little and big things that we have done together over the past 5 years.  This year we are especially grateful for our daughter, the cutest, most smiley, gleeful little girl in the world.  We woke up feeling very nostalgic.  So we jumped in the car and headed up to West Park Winery for a little picnic on the hilltop where we got married.  It was blazing hot, much like our wedding day.  We both tried so hard to pretend that this was uber romantic and such an amazing moment. Which it was.  But there was no hiding the feeling that you walked into a sauna with a snow suit on. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful day to take a drive with the AC on full blast and recap our wedding highlights.  We also spent the day watching Marlie TV – which basically means we sat on the floor watching her every move for hours, never getting bored of her entertainment.  She’s a hoot – clapping, waving, saying dada, screeching at the highest octave possible, and she does the wounded soldier crawl now too. Marlie’s about 7.5 months in these shots, loving every minute of life, and making our world super special.

Jonathan Ivy - Adorable, love the colors.

Mark - Aww, cute! What a happy kid. :)

Brent Frey Jr. - And I thought the hand jesture in Pic II meant “Surf’s up Dude”. or even Hook em’ Horns, that is a University of Texas Long Horns rally cry. Either way she is too cool for words!

Lisa - You do realize that little smartie is saying “I love you” in sign language in that second pic. Love these! Love her!

Katie - Happy Anniversary!! Beautiful and happy family! xoxo

Heather - Absolutely adorable. I love Marlie’s dress. You guys never cease to amaze me.

Jessica - Congrats guys! It’s awesome to see people who love their family as much as you and Brooke Obviously do. Next time we are in NY we have to meet up.

Jenny J - Happy Anniversary!!!! Love the Marlie TV comment – sometimes we say the same thing about the dogs. Endless entertainment, wonder and comedy. Congrats you two (or three. four including Maggie!)!

Eric - Thanks Everyone. Lauren, we always encourage our clients to dress their kids in colorful outfits. Hopefully these prove our point. Color adds so much character and life to the images.

Karla (Lisa's Friend) - marlie is so lucky. she’ll have so many beautiful photos to look back to.

congratulations on your 5th anniversary, brooke and eric. you don’t know me but lisa has shared so many photos and stories of your family with all of us at work.

Chump - Haha! Marlie knows sign language (see her left hand in the second picture)! She’s way advanced!

Lauren - What beautiful pictures! Marlie looks so adorable. I love the colors of that dress and those eyes! Can’t wait to see you very soon. Xo

Chump - Marlie, Marlie, Marlie! I’m speechless. Just…speechless. (Sniff)

lisa - What a beautiful baby!! Just like 1+1=2 , Eric + Brooke = MARLIE! She is a gem- you guys deserve all this happiness and to see your talent capture these moments is simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing these photos- even without your comments, your images speak the words. LOVE THEM!!

Justin - Great pictures – Marlie B looks fantastic in her rainbow dress – she is developing allot of expretions which you really captured.

Eric - Thanks Joseph!

Joseph Bayot - Congratulations!

Your marriage, your story, your daughter, and these photos are all beautiful.

Thanks for sharing!

Danielle + Rob Engagement Photos in Brooklyn

Congratulations to Danielle and Rob.  Reuniting with old friends for a photo shoot is pretty awesome!  These two are Eric’s college buddies from UMass and they haven’t see each other much over the last 10 years.  Damn that makes us like dinosaurs.  So honored that they chose to hire Be Creative.   Their engagement session was in Brooklyn where they got engaged.  I love their connection in this photo and the way their arms are crossed and the bridge is crossing overhead makes for a really cool composition.

A quiet moment capturing the undeniable landmark that is the Brooklyn Bridge.

The shoot was a lot of fun and a lot of goofing around.  But not lacking in tender moments like this with some awesome color to boot.

Now this is the good stuff.

I’m sure they were thinking, what the hell are we doing at this loading door?  But it’s a pretty cool shot.

Probably one of my favorites from the shoot.  We kinda love capturing a little sun flare.

Can’t wait for the big day!

If any one out there wants an engagement session in Brooklyn contact us.

SB Photography - Love the Tilt/shift shot with the bridge in the background… great composition and light

Alexis - very nice set, the penultimate is great, it shows motion, one wonders what she is doing, it is pretty cool!

Doreen - Love all the engagement images. Great colors,lighting and texture.

Pete - This is an awesome engagement set. Really sweet. :)

Cathy - Love that first one!

Chris Steele - Great compositions. Looks like your day was a fun one. The couple look like they really have a deep connection, that is awesome!

Maximo Gaia - wow colors

Keith Simonian - Great set of images. My favorite is the photo under the bridge with the sun setting and flaring behind the couple. Nice capture of a difficult scene to photograph.

Adam Cavanagh - Awesome work. You’ve captured some amazing images.

Katy Gray - LOVE that second shot – gorgeous composition and I love your treatment of it! Beautiful session.

Kelly - You both do such beautiful work. Your pictures make me want to get married all over again just so I can have pictures like all of the ones on this websie.

Christine - Fabulous, gorgeous and amazing, as usual! <3

And you sure do "kinda love capturing a little sun flare" – the sun flare shot from my wedding is always the second-most-admired photo in the bunch (the first-most being the one with the leaves). :)

Eric’s Winning Photo

Yay!  Congratulations to Eric for his recent WPJA winning photo!

Here are links to more WPJA and Brides Magazine winning photographs of ours.

2009 Winners
2008 Winners
Winter of 2007 Winners
Brides Magazine of Conde Nast Publications and Wedding Photojournalist Assosciation
Summer of 2007 Winners
Fall of 2006 Winners

Winter of 2006 Winners

Eric contributed to an article about kids at weddings.  Kids at the Wedding

Cindy & Jeff’s Wedding at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY

Congratulations to Cindy and Jeff!  They had a beautiful wedding at one of our favorite locations, The Wainright House in Rye, New York.  Cindy has such a beautiful smile and I sure am glad I got to see a lot of it on her wedding day.  She was beaming with joy.  I loved the special touches that were added in honor of Cindy’s Dad like the detail in the photo below.

Cindy and Jeff met before the ceremony for some portraits.  I think Jeff’s expression here is just classic!

Their ceremony was touching and full of smiles.

I’ve never seen such a thoughtful and sweet way to honor a loved one!  This is one of my favorite images of the day.

Check out Cindy’s awesome blue shoes.

Thank you for including us in your wedding day.  We had a wonderful time getting to know you and can’t wait for your album design!

Sincerely,
Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Ceremony:  Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY
Reception:  Wainwright House, Rye, NY
Caterer/Cake:  Corner Stone Caterers, Rye, NY
Florist:  Blooming Buds, Harrison, NY
Music (DJ):  Hal Prince Music, Rye Brook, NY
Hair (bride and bridal party):  Salon 221, Cos Cob, CT
Bridal Gown:  Vows Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA
Assistant Shooter:  Allan Zepeda

Dominika - BW rules

Pawel - I love your style ! good job

lisa - Sniff! I dont even know these people and I am tearing up! What wonderful photos capturing the joy of the occasion! Ypou guys are AMAZING!

Alexis - Love this set and in particular the black and white one’s, I believe they create a nice classy mood!!

Pshemek - I like this black and white photographs. I am very big fan of B&W anyway.

David Galloway - Love those black & white images – beautiful!

Adam Cavanagh - Fantastic! Lovin your work

N.C. - Beautiful shots…Love the focus play

Cindy Hanson - Everytime I look at these photos I just want to go back and do it all over again! But, I am so fortunate to be able to relive it anytime I want through your beautiful photographs. We loved working with you and we are forever grateful.

Tennie Eisler - Thank you, Eric….It was an awesome day and you sure did capture it in a beautiful way for us to always remember!!!

Marlie Bea 6 Months Young

I wanted to post this on father’s day but I just couldn’t wait any more.  We did a mini photo shoot on Marlie’s 6 month birthday and here are a few of our favorites.  These pictures of Marlie with Eric make me melt!

A little taste of what’s to come for Maggie’s future.  Such a good puppy!

Oh my I love them so much!

Alpaca Scarves - Lovely happy baby and great hat daddy!

Pshemek - Great session. I like all of these photographs.

Kim Cavanagh - What a beautiful set of images, such a gorgeous little girl!

Brandon Schmidt - What an adorable session! LOVE the first shot. Proud parents.

Gina G - She is just too cute. I will never get tired of looking at pictures of her.

danny@dannyweissphoto.com - awesome! Brooke we may have to hire you for us :)

Katy Gray - Aw, too sweet! Love that first shot!!

Danielle Corcione - OMG I love her!!!!

Natalie King - One word… AWWWWWW!!!! She is too cute for words! As always, I love seeing the pictures you guys both take! :o)

Elyse Gastwirth - Wow – these are amazing! How wonderful that you can capture your own life in such a beautiful way!

I am so happy for you both :)

allan zepeda - so freaking cute! blessed you both are!!

Jojo Jackson - MARLIE B! MARLIE B! She is just too cute. Gorgeous photography, as per usual.

Bridget - Brooke, I love following Marlie Bea! I can’t believe she is six months old already. Time flys. Beautiful pictures! I hope I get to meet her this summer. All the best to you and the family. Bridget

Lisa - These photos are so gorgeous. It is amazing how your talent can bring out the love you have for your baby so brightly and clearly. Truly breathtaking!!

Christine DeSavino - Are you kidding me??? These are insanely good!!! Just gorgeous, Brooke! Of course, you do have fantastic models! :)

joe - SO CUTE! That is an amazing photo shoot, love it!

wayne - Wow. Just wow….

Eric - Brooke, I’m speechless… thank you so much!!! xoxoxoxo

Michelle and Trace’s Wedding at Old St. Patricks and Bridgewaters

Here’s a little ditty from last season that was never blogged because I was going into labor any second for a month straight – haha. Seriously, it was too hard for me to work on the computer during the middle and end to my pregnancy so we regretfully had to sacrifice our blogging and focus on delivering images to clients. We are trying to keep up this year. I’ve been working on this album and had to share some of my favorites. What a sweet, loving and fun family. Not to mention the wonderful newlyweds.

Dad getting a glimpse of the beautiful Michelle for the first time as a Bride!

I love this photo that Eric took.  He is so in touch with what’s important to the bride.

The beautiful ladies!

Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City is a dream to photograph wedding ceremonies in.

The reception was at Bridgewater’s in New York City which is a wonderful location for a wedding.  And we love wedding photos at the South Street Seaport of course.


To Michelle and Trace – your album is just to die for.  I’ve had such a wonderful time creating it and can’t wait for you to see it in person.  Thank you for being so wonderful!

Sincerely, Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Ceremony:  St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
Reception:  Bridgewater’s
Event Design:  JoiUs Events
Floral Design:  Raquel Corvino (no website, 212-947-6365)
Hair:  Stacy Pitt
Makeup:  Sally Duvall
Dress:  Reem Acra
Assistant Photographer:  Joel Wiebner

lisa - I loooooove that puddle shot!!!! What artistry!

Michelle - Thank you Brooke and Eric (and Joel!) We are thrilled with these images! You guys are all so great to work with – we can’t wait for the album.

Sabrina - Wow, a ton of amazing images here. What a lucky couple, congrats to them :)

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