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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 🙂

Kate and Keith’s Coney Island Engagement Session

Kate and Keith’s wedding is this weekend, woo hoo!  Wishing you a fabulous day!

Flix Photography - I LOVE the image of them on the beach. Great Job!

Hussein Bawab - Such a brilliant,great,wonderful,outstanding, and marvelous depth of field, ideas, and shooting style.
I’m totally in love with it, it is unconditionally perfect.

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). 🙂

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