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We can’t believe it’s 2012!

Happy New Year to all of our blog readers, if there are any of you left!?!  It seems that facebook is where most of you hang out so we have become much more active there.  Please join our facebook page to keep in touch!

We just cannot believe that it is the year 2012! How did this happen? It seems that our wedding which was in 2005 was only a heartbeat away. Yet during that time so much has happened. We moved out of Hoboken, became suburbanites with the purchase of our first home, added our beloved pup Maggie to the family, traveled to various hot spots around the world, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who is now TWO, and of course we are celebrating our 7th year in the business.  So how is it that our wedding seems only a heartbeat away when all of this has happened? It just goes to show you how important and memorable your wedding day is. We are honored to capture these memories for so many people, our wonderful clients! We can’t thank you enough for your ongoing support and love for our photography!

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is our 2011 Holiday Card.  I had to share it because I kinda LOOOOOVE IT!!!



And here are some photos of us taken on Christmas Eve! We rarely have pictures of ourselves so I had to post this phenomenon!


Best wishes to you all for an amazing, happy, peaceful, love-filled year!

Brooke and Eric Lagstein 

wayne - so awesome

Kelly - Marlie is so grown up for such a lil person. Love her. So sweet.

Natalie - LOVE your holiday card!! It is adorable!

I really love your Christmas Eve photos!! :o) They are fantastic!! Marlie is such a doll! :o)

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.

For more details visit

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 🙂

Canon SALE!!! Everything must go!!

Well, after a lot of deliberation, I (Eric) am switching to Nikon.  It’s been a very tough decision, but for my shooting style it just makes sense.  Brooke, she will be staying with Canon (she claims Nikon cameras were designed for mens hands).  So we are a bi studio 🙂  Yowzers!

All equipment are top quality optics, receiving yearly calibration.  Whenever I buy a lens, I buy three of them, test them and pick/keep the one that is the best optics, the rest get returned (yes I’m that crazy about sharpness).  Everything is in very good to perfect condition, some have with minor scuffs but all are working perfectly.

SOLD – Canon 5dmkII – $2100   (Excellent condition, includes box, strap, 2 canon batteries in excellent condition)
Canon 5d – $975  (Good condition, minor scuffs on the bottom of the camera in the corners, includes 3 batteries which are so-so condition)
Canon 5d – $975  (Good condition, minor scuffs on the bottom of the camera in the corners,includes 3 batteries which are so-so condition)

24-70 f/2.8 – $1050    (Good Condition, includes hood and caps)
SOLD – 70-200 f/2.8 IS – $1650    (Very Good Condition, includes hood and caps)
70-200 f/4 IS – $975  (Very Good Condition, includes hood and caps)
70-200 f/4 – $550 (Very good condition, includes caps and probably a hood, I have to find the box)
85mm f/1.2 – $1650    (Very Good Condition, includes hood and caps.  This is my baby, very sharp!)
SOLD – 50mm f/1.4 – $275    (Good Condition, includes caps)
SOLD – 45mm f/2.8 – $1050 Tilt Shift  (Excellent Condition, bought 6 months ago, includes hood and caps)
SOLD – 35mm f/1.4 – $1150  (Excellent Condition, includes hood and caps)
SOLD – 15mm f/2.8 – $450 (Very Good Condition, includes caps)

580exII Speedlight – $395
SOLD – 580ex  Speedlight – $195
SOLD – 580ex  Speedlight – $195

Contact me with questions or to purchase:  eric (at) becreativephotography (dot) com

Olimpia - sigh, I dream of being a photog

Rammal - Can you please let me know the details of 85mm 1.2? I would really want to buy it from you. 🙂


Steve - Grand Rapids Wedding Photographer - Oh man, I want them all!!! It always makes me a little nervous when I see people switching to Nikon. I just recently invested in a Canon 5DII and 24-70, but posts like this make me wonder if I would have been better of going Nikon…

Eric - Hi Guys,

I switched because I found Canon focus to be a little hit and miss, as well as generally I found Canon to have quality control issues. With Canon I felt like I always had to be on my toes watching closely to make sure something wasn’t acting funky.

With Nikon, I really trust my equipment, I trust is will focus well. Which allows me as an artist to push myself. I can shoot wide open and know I’m going to nail the shot. Where with Canon I would be safe and choose a higher f/stop then I would desire artistically.

Beatrice de Guigne - Oh! Why do you change?
Just want to say you do an amazing work and Nikon or Canon it’s not important. you’ve got talent!

Carl Simpson - Ugg, boy I would love that 85mm… and that 50. I have the cheapo 1.8. Nice set of lenses here.

Ben - hey eric, my business partner shoots canon, and i’m nikon. But looking forward to switch to canon coz i think it will be easier for both. Although I really like the ergonomics of nikon. What is it that makes you want to switch to nikon? Is it the fast focusing in low light and good controls/buttons outside?

Alyssa Andrew - Interested in the 85 if you still have it! Let me know

ebphoto | photographe Bruxelles - Darn, too bad it’s so late. I was interested in a few of your lenses. Funny though, I also want to switch to Nikon but my wife/partner/second shooter doesn’t want to. I’m hoping for a wonderful 1DsmkIV by the end of the year, otherwise, a D3s (or even D700) would be VERY tempting.

Nirav - Dang it! I wanted to 5D Mark 2. Haha.

Joseph Bayot - Ah, I really wish I had some extra money lying around. I would LOVE to finally upgrade my 4-year-old Rebel XT to the 5D2 (or even the 5D classic…)

By the time I save up enough money, the 5D3 will probably be out!

Good luck with the sales!

Jenny J - So tempting! Arrrrrrrghhh. I want it all.

Spots open for Photography Interns!

This is an amazing opportunity (if I do say so myself) to work with yours truly, Brooke and Eric.  When I was a photography student this position would have been a DREAM COME TRUE!  Not only will you be building on your professional development and flexing your creative muscles – you’ll be hanging out with us and our cute dog too! You will learn the ins and outs of running a successful photography studio.  You will enhance your skills in photo editing, Photoshop, graphic design, web design, client communication, customer service, and time management.

Please send resume, sample images, recommendations and a letter describing why you are interested in this internship to

• Starts NOW!
• This position is for credit only, unpaid
• 15 hours per week in Wyckoff, NJ
• 1st month you will be working for us on a trial basis
• After 7 months (through October 2010) you will receive $500
• Possibility of turning into a part time job

Tasks May Include
• Editing photos in the RAW format
• Editing photos in Photoshop
• Preparing photos for print and web
• Updating client information
• Writing letters to clients
• Preparing print and album orders
• Beautifully packaging prints and album orders
• Errands to UPS and Post Office
• Designing thank you and holiday cards
• Preparing displays for fundraisers and exhibits

Skills Needed
• Understanding of color balance
• Understanding of exposures
• Some experience using tools in Photoshop such as curves, layers, masks and actions
• Graphic Design skills are a bonus
• Nice handwriting
• A car
• Organized
• Friendly
• On time

What we give
• If you are able to stay with us for  7 months you will receive $500
• We will treat you to at least one meal per week where you will have the chance to pick our brains.
• We can help you build a website and blog for your photography portfolio.
• You might assist us at an event.
• Experience using many programs specifically designed for professional photographers.

Mikayla Bivona - I want to be an intern… only one problem…I don’t have a car. I can’t even drive! I am 11! Uggggg!

Benecia Aronwald - Is the position still available? Also, congrats on your adorable bundle of joy!

Joseph Bayot - Sounds like a great opportunity! I would definitely be jumping on this if I were going into the industry! I hope you find some awesome interns =)

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