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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.

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 🙂

Ming & Marc’s wedding at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, NJ

We are so happy that Ming and Marc  (aka M&M) chose Be Creative to photograph their wedding and Bergen County engagement session.  It has been a true pleasure to photograph them and be a part of their joyous day.  Ming casually stepped into her wedding gown as if she was putting on her favorite pair of jeans.  And WHALLA, before us stood a breathtaking, beautiful bride.

We’ve photographed many a wedding at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City and every time we find a new walkway, staircase or backdrop to spice things up.  We love all the surprises of this location.  For their first meeting Ming and Marc were naturally completely relaxed and totally into each other.  I love this moment.  Side Note: while looking through this post you will notice an abundance of dimples – an unforgettable feature for these two.  I can only imagine the little dimples they will one day create!

Who needs the skyline if you can turn around and find a little color.  The good old tilt shift lens quiets the noise of downtown jersey city and helps us to focus on the moment.

This is one of my favorite shots.

We couldn’t have asked more of this bridal party on a cold, windy day.  I love the colors in this photo and the laughter of each and every person.  Eric + awesome bridal party + tilt shift lens = kick a** photo!

Believe it or not we actually had some extra time to take a few joy rides up and down the escalator.  So fun.

Their ceremony was very touching and personal!  Somehow a 250 + person wedding seemed very intimate.

This type of shot never gets old…. it just screams WE DID IT!!

Here is a moment during the traditional tea ceremony.

Now here is an image we can totally appreciate.  Fitting your newborn into your every day life is sometimes as easy as sticking your beer and fries in the stroller!  YESSSS!

And another YESSSSSS!

Ming and Marc’s first dance seemed like the culmination of a moment that was a long time coming.  Later, during the speeches I found out that this was the truth 😉

OK, come on!  Can you even get enough of the happiness, the dimples, the overwhelming sense of being content?

The speeches at this wedding were really something else.  Here, Ming’s father is toasting the couple in “Singapore Style” which is a lot of fun and a first for us.

Congratulations Ming and Marc and thank you again for choosing Be Creative Photography!

Ceremony & Reception:  Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, NJ,
Floral Design: Flowers by Diane
Reception Music: John Sinclair/Aria Melody
Hair & Makeup: Kim Sun Young
Cake: Carlos Bakery from the TV show Cake Boss
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Dress: Bijou Bridal (brand of dress: Romona Keveza)

Doreen Kline - Amazing wedding photos. I loved the emotion between the bride and groom. They look very much in love. Great work.
Doreen Kline

Philip Hawkins - Great set of photographs and a lovely couple. The escalator shot is great!

Ken Teo - I feel like I was actually at the wedding. Well done.

Chua Keng Sin - 美麗極了

Katy Gray - beautiful – i love the escalator shot!

Christina - Wow, this looks like such a fun wedding. M&M are a very lucky couple.

One Year Old Twin Photography Wyckoff, NJ

We had a wonderful photo shoot with two little angels who are turning one.

I just love this photo…. What’s better than remembering your two little monkeys climbing in your couch!

Love those chompers!  As the son of a dentist I can appreciate the wonders of a one year olds teeth coming in.  Our photo sessions are like play dates.  We show up all professional and before you know it we are rolling around on the floor making silly faces and singing songs with your children.  Mom called us after the shoot to thank us because these guys took a really long nap after we left.  Awesome!
This sequence is hilarious!!!  
BUSTED!  While we were capturing shots of her brother she snuck off and got into some mischief.  

Thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography.  We had a blast chasing your little ones around and capturing them in their one year old glory.  Happy Birthday sweet peas!

Sincerely, Brooke and Eric Lagstein

Be Creative Photography

Eric - Hi L.F. Thanks! We had so much fun with them. They both are big hams 🙂 Eric

L.F. - You 2 are incredible! You were so amazing with the twins (which isn’t easy!) and your shots are beautiful. I can’t stop staring @ the prints. Thank you SO much! 🙂

Marjie - The photos were priceless – I wonder who had more fun – the twins or the photographer? Is this just an excuse to hangout and play with little kids? Are you really a kid at heart?

Joseph Kohn - The toilet paper shot is priceless!


Thank you letter that made our day :)

We just received the most wonderful thank you letter from Eric and Ali , who were married at the Rockleigh Country Club


Dear Brooke and Eric,

As a photographer myself and my wife being in the Art industry, we had a keen sense of what we were looking for in our wedding pictures. We wanted our pictures to reflect our love of art and fine photography and we can easily say that you delivered!

Your use of light, depth of field, and unique camera angles provided the artistic look we were looking for and your incredible feel for emotion and deep understanding of the way weddings flow provided the photojournalistic coverage we wanted. Your pictures accurately reflect every part of our day from the relaxed chill session I had with my guys before we got dressed, to the tense and harried emotions that permeated my wife’s home as the sky’s opened up and the rains began to fall, to the still and silent moments we were able to spend together in each other’s arms blocking out the world around us.

One of our favorite aspects of your business is the hands-on, personalized experience that each one of your customers gets from you. From day one, we knew you would be the perfect photographers for us. You spent your time explaining the whole process to us and made us feel completely comfortable with you. You answered all of our questions and helped us to plan out our day. You let us know when we were being unrealistic in our expectations and yet pushed us to think creatively. Your guidance and advice were most certainly a significant help in our planning and without you, we undoubtedly would not have been able to enjoy our day as much as we did. You calmed Ali when she began getting upset about the weather and laughed with us when our priest forgot how to conduct our personalized ring ceremony! Hiring you not only provided excellent pictures, but also the peace of mind to sit back, relax, and enjoy our day. We started our relationship as professionals, but I feel that we ended as friends.

We loved working with you on developing ideas for our pictures before the wedding, allowing you to guide us through the day itself, and working with you to develop an unbelievably beautiful album. We can not thank you enough! We look forward to recommending you to everyone we know and hiring you again to take pictures for us in the future. You’re the best!

All our love,
Eric & Alison Erler


Kelly - It’s so nice to know that your work has not gone unnoticed. You must have really made an impression!

Christine DeSavino - Wow! What a great thank you letter! Knowing you guys, it’s no surprise!

Micaela and Michael’s Wedding at the Tribeca Rooftop NYC

Micaela and Michael were married this summer at the Tribeca Rooftop We love shooting at the Tribeca Rooftop, also check out Yvette & Rockwell’s wedding there.  Unfortunately last summer and fall we took a hiatus with blog posting because with my pregnancy and all the work we had for the season, something had to give.  The sacrifice was the blog.  This year we are back on track with blog posting and doing our best to stay on top of it.  I was working on Micaela and Mike’s album and had a little bit of time to prep some image for the blog.  It’s been a bit stale this winter, I know.  This beautiful, colorful, packed with smiles wedding should freshen things up.  The lovely Micaela and Michael had a fantastic day.  Starting with their ceremony at St. Stephen of Hungary in NYC.

I love their smiles here.  And Michael’s expression is just too cute for words.

They had this old fashioned yellow cab that really spiced up the day.  This along with the cobblestone streets, the tin cans, and an amazing couple made for the greatest details and punch of color.

They are so cute together and madly in love!

I love this photo.  The composition, color blocks, veil, and beautiful couple make for a great artistic image.

A wedding at the Tribeca Rooftop would not be complete with some images taken at our favorite, green metal gate.

I was so happy when Micaela and Michael chose this image for their thank you card.

One of my favorite moments at every wedding is the father-daughter dance.  Micaela’s dad was so happy on her wedding day and so proud to dance with his daughter.  One lucky family!

The lighting they chose for the space was just beautiful.  The atmosphere had a warm, candlelit glow, perfect for a wedding in the lofty space of the Tribeca Rooftop.

I believe this shot was taken during Micaela’s father’s speech.  Moments like these are what make life worth living.

Congratulations to Micaela and Michael.  Wishing you all the joy life can bring.  Your album looks so beautiful, cannot wait to get it to you.

Sincerely, Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Ceremony- St Stephens of Hungary NY, NY
Reception: Tribeca Rooftop NY NY
Floral Design- Opalia Flowers
Reception Music- Hank Lane & Kevin Osbourne
Hair- Oksana @ Michael Christopher:
Dress, Shoes and accessories- Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses- Kimera
Grooms Tux- Calvin Klein
Taxi Cab for Limo- Filmcars
Assistant Shooter- David Lau

Mike Dubnoff - Beautiful work – the colors really pop!

martine - Beautiful wedding! I love the fact that you kept the essence of NY with the cab and the brick building. The last picture is so gorgeous! Congratulations to the both of you!

Aunty Rainy - Yours was one fun and beautiful wedding….and I had a great time staying at your Mom’s in NYC! Love you two….to the Moon!

Micaela and Mike - Thank you so much for shooting our wedding. You guys did a wonderful job!!! We are so appreciative.

Andy La - Love the last shot awesome sunset shot

Lupe Aguilar - Love your sunset shot! Great shot.

Sandra Lemin - Great wedding photography!

David - Great wedding! I love the priest’s expression in that first picture. I also love how sharp everything is even when you seem to be shooting wide open (like that taxi picture). And I’m always a sucker for an awesome silhouette shot!

Nick Everitt - Super series of photos, loving the shot of the yellow cab and the last pictures awesome, really great color and back lighting.

Philip Hawkins - I love the shot of them in the two doorways of the red bricked building. Brilliant!

Katy Gray - Beautiful images. Love the shot of the two ladies at the table – they look like they’re having a wonderful time!

Joseph KOhn - The Taxi shot is so cool. Love it. Brick wall shot is great too!
Such a positive vibe overall.

Kim Cavanagh - Great work, some amazing photos. I love that cab!

Lloyd Dobbie - Great looking couple! You’ve captured some great photographs of their wedding day.

Justin - What a happy couple, gorgeous photos!

Tony Cooper - Very nice job… love the colors with the cab. 🙂

Katrina - Awesome photos! What a lucky couple!

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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