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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.

Joann & Joe Wedding – Tarrytown House in Tarrytown, NY

Joann and Joe had an amazing wedding at the Tarrytown House Estate.  Not only were they such a wonderful couple but their family and friends were incredible!  One of our couples from 3 years ago referred them to us.  I want to thank Maura and Mike for sending Joanne and Joe our way.  No wonder I enjoyed them so much.  Good people keep good company.

Joanne is a beautiful person and a gorgeous bride.  She was so excited to put her dress on and so darn cute I wanted to pinch her.

Dressed and absolutely gorgeous!
A few minutes after sunset the sky was amazing!

I love this shot because of the layers of action.   It’s a great example of using both the foreground and the background in a composition.

It was very cold outside so we had to do all the pictures inside.  I found a room with streetlight spilling in through this seemingly uninteresting window.  By turning out the  lights in  the reception room I was able to create this.
Their dog Olly is so important to them, they had a friend bring him for a two minute photo shoot.  Olly posed like a pro!
Joe is such a sweet guy.  All night, whenever he was busting with happiness, he didn’t know what to do, so he would just kiss her.  And what can be better then Joann’s reaction, 
The reception room had a warm, beautiful glow, thanks to these cascading centerpieces.
Love these creative table numbers!  Olly continues to be the star!
Joe and his Grandma.  Simple pictures like this are what gives me motivation and purpose.
Nuff said!

Joanne and Joe, thank you for choosing Be Creative Photography.  Wishing you both many happy years!

Wedding & Reception:  Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY
Event Manger:  Destination Hotels
Reception Music:  ETA Music
Floral Design:  Arcadia Floral
Hair:  Little Hair Shoppe
Cake:  Sweet Lisa’s
Makeup:  NY Prostyle
Assitant Shooter:  Zlatko Batistich

Scott Allan, Wedding Photographer - Great wedding images. You did it all, beautiful color, and you truly captured the day.

Paul Mock - Wow! Love the coverage! Especially the silhouetted shot of the bride’s profile in the window! 🙂

Bathurst Wedding Photography - Awesome images, espeically of the bride. Thanks for the insperation.

Juli - Great job capturing the mood and emotions of this lovely couple’s wedding. The bride looks amazing ! I also love your use of natural light.

Jeannemarie - Beautiful work I especially love the one of the bride in the window, the sky and silo is stunning!

Eric - Me too! We love creative do – it – yourself projects like this! Especially when beloved pets are involved.

Peter - Love how you guys included Olly in the pictures and table numbers. Creative and fun!

Introducing Our New Daughter Marlie Bea!

So where have we been? Oh, just having a baby is all!! Our daughter Marlie Bea Lagstein arrived on November 20, 2009.

It was very surreal bringing a new family member home and realizing that our lives have changed forever. She has filled our home with more love than we could ever have imagined.
We want to thank everyone for your support and outpouring of well wishes. For all the love we have received from friends and family – our hearts are overflowing – and Marlie is soaking it all up.
So what happened? Well, I went into labor at 3:30 am and I was in complete denial. I spent a really long time having contractions all by myself before waking up Eric. By the time I woke him up my contractions were only one minute apart and we had to race to the hospital. Eric was so shocked and in such a slumber he couldn’t remember how to get to the hospital which is only a 5 mile drive. It was a scene for the movies. I was giving him directions in between my contractions and telling him to pass cars and go through red lights. At least we showed up at the hospital laughing. Although he started out a little shaky he quickly got himself together and proved to be the most amazing and supportive husband and labor coach in the world.

I will spare you all of the wonderful details of my labor – I wound up having a c-section. Thank goodness we had such an amazing team of nurses and doctors – I feel I owe my life to them all because they brought our baby into this world safely.

We were in no rush to name her. We spent a few days getting to know her. With 10 names in our pocket, no other name ever came to mind. After about 2 days we knew she was Marlie Bea. Marlie is for my Grandmother Mariel and Bea is for Eric’s Grandmother Beatrice.

After the c-section I had to spend a long time in recovery while Eric was with the baby. The picture above shows the one moment I got to see her before they took her away to check her vitals. Recovery was really tough because all I wanted was to be with her. Eric insisted that they bring her to me. He actually stood up to a line of 5 nurses who were saying that the baby needed to stay under the warmers for another 2 hours before she could come to me. Eric did tons of research before our birth and knew that mom was the best warmer over any stupid machine, he insisted and off he went with her – GO DAD! The photo below is when I really got to meet her. I was in heaven and when I looked up all of our parents had snuck into the room to see this moment. I was so happy to see them all there, all 8 of them and not a dry eye in the house.

The first picture of the new Lagstein family!!!!!!!!!!

Eric took this shot the next morning and it’s one of our favorites. The first of many mornings waking up to these eyes.

Unfortunately when we got home Eric came down with the flu. It was sooooo awful and soooo sad, he had a very high fever and he was banished to “exile island” (a.k.a the guest bedroom upstairs) for 4 full days. It was heartbreaking that he could not be with us in the beginning but he was more sick than he has ever been before. He did not want to pass it on to Marlie. The morning he came back to us Marlie gave him the biggest smile in the world – it was crazy and brought us to tears. She has an amazing connection with Eric. She lights up when he comes in the room, looks at her, talks to her, holds her…

Before we could blink our eyes Marlie was showing us her personality. She is such an expressive little one. She makes little noises all day long (and night too). She stares at you intensely as if she is computing everything that you are. And best of all she has been a smiling fool since day 5.

I’m not going to lie that Maggie is a little sad that she doesn’t get all the attention any more, but she has completely accepted her new rung on the ladder without a fuss. She is so gentle and sweet as can be with Marlie and I’m sure cannot wait until Marlie is big enough to play with her.

And here are two shots from a little creative session we did with Marlie around 2 weeks.

We’ve had a wonderful beginning to parenthood. As we are finding some normalcy in our new lives as a family of three, we realize how blessed we are. Off we go on this new journey. More to come…

Jean - These pictures are stunning! She’s got beautiful eyes! It was great to meet you two (geez, has it been a few weeks now?) and I love love love your blog! Keep up the good work (that means you, Brooke!).

Katy Gray - Congratulations you guys! She is a doll and I love the name Marlie Bea – super cute.

Doc - Yes! Life IS good!

Jen - You both make ANYBODY look good in a photograph. It’s your talent. I wouldn’t believe Marlie is THAT beautiful, if I didn’t see it with my own eyes.

Eric - Thanks EO. I love your comments. Keep them coming! xoxo

Eric - oops, this is Brooke replying not Eric

Eric - Awww thanks Kim. I’ve been checking out your pictures too! That pic in the bumbo seat with the dog is just to die for. It’s just amazing isn’t it? Happy Days to you and your family.

Elizabeth O'Connor - what a gift. this will be the most beautifully photographed child in the world. she’s adorable. congrats guys.

Kim Wylde - Hi Brooke and Eric,
I was checking out your new blog (via fb) and read the story about Marlie Bea. I was tearing up! What a beautiful baby girl and the photos and story are precious. Don’t you think parenthood is the best thing in the world?!?! Congrats you guys, what a wonderful addition to your family. XO – Kim Wylde (formally Kim McLachlan, from UMass!)

Eric - Thanks Everyone! We are in LOVE to say the least. I just took more pictures today so hopefully I can manage to put another post of her up soon.

Jojo "Google" Jackson - What amazing photos! She is sooooo gorgeous! I am ready to babysit!

Deborah Ivry - Brooke & Eric–never have I laid eyes on such a beautiful child. Of course, with the most beautiful parents, it’s to be expected. And, I might add, she will undoubtedly be the most beautifully photographed child as well. Congratulations to the both of you on a job well done. Can’t wait to meet her.

Beaming Aunt Lisa - glub glub
Even though I knew how they story went, your talent of telling the story of life through photos brings me to tears. I am so excited to watch every single moment or Marlie’s golden ticket life being born with Eric and Brooke as her parents! No wonder she wakes up so happy every day! Who wouldnt? And the rest of the world is so lucky to have the internet and this blog to see too!!! Nice work! (on the blog AND the baby!) Im so proud of you guys! xoxo

ray - the tushie shot on the white shag rug is a prize-winner. You haven’t stopped amazing me. Much love, uncle and great uncle Ray

DAD - Beautiful pictures. Very moving. You are right . You can feel Marlie’s personnality emerge.
Congrats on your new blog- great!!

2009 Award Winners

Check out these awesome shots that placed in the WPJA 2009 wedding photojournalism contest!

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

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

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Introducing Marlie Bea!

So where have we been? Oh, just having a baby is all!! Our daughter Marlie Bea Lagstein arrived on November 20, 2009.

It was very surreal bringing a new family member home and realizing that our lives have changed forever. She has filled our home with more love than we could ever have imagined.

We want to thank everyone for your support and outpouring of well wishes. For all the love we have received from friends and family – our hearts are overflowing – and Marlie is soaking it all up.
So what happened? Well, I went into labor at 3:30 am and I was in complete denial. I spent a really long time having contractions all by myself before waking up Eric. By the time I woke him up my contractions were only one minute apart and we had to race to the hospital. Eric was so shocked and in such a slumber he couldn’t remember how to get to the hospital which is only a 5 mile drive. It was a scene for the movies. I was giving him directions in between my contractions and telling him to pass cars and go through red lights. At least we showed up at the hospital laughing. Although he started out a little shaky he quickly got himself together and proved to be the most amazing and supportive husband and labor coach in the world.

I will spare you all of the wonderful details of my labor – I wound up having a c-section. Thank goodness we had such an amazing team of nurses and doctors – I feel I owe my life to them all because they brought our baby into this world safely.

We were in no rush to name her. We spent a few days getting to know her. With 10 names in our pocket, no other name ever came to mind. After about 2 days we knew she was Marlie Bea. Marlie is for my Grandmother Mariel and Bea is for Eric’s Grandmother Beatrice.

After the c-section I had to spend a long time in recovery while Eric was with the baby. The picture above shows the one moment I got to see her before they took her away to check her vitals. Recovery was really tough because all I wanted was to be with her. Eric insisted that they bring her to me. He actually stood up to a line of 5 nurses who were saying that the baby needed to stay under the warmers for another 2 hours before she could come to me. Eric did tons of research before our birth and knew that mom was the best warmer over any stupid machine, he insisted and off he went with her – GO DAD! The photo below is when I really got to meet her. I was in heaven and when I looked up all of our parents had snuck into the room to see this moment. I was so happy to see them all there, all 8 of them and not a dry eye in the house.

The first picture of the new Lagstein family!!!!!!!!!!

Eric took this shot the next morning and it’s one of our favorites. The first of many mornings waking up to these eyes.

Unfortunately when we got home Eric came down with the flu. It was sooooo awful, he had a very high fever and he was banished to “exile island” (a.k.a the guest bedroom upstairs) for 4 full days. It was heartbreaking that he could not be with us in the beginning but he was more sick than he has ever been before. He did not want to pass it on to Marlie. The morning he came back to us she gave him the biggest smile in the world – it was crazy and brought us to tears. She has an amazing connection with Eric. She lights up when he comes in the room, looks at her, talks to her, holds her…

Before we could blink our eyes Marlie was showing us her personality. She is such an expressive little one. She makes little noises all day long (and night too). She stares at you intensely as if she is computing everything that you are. And best of all she has been a smiling fool since day 5.

I’m not going to lie that Maggie is a little sad that she doesn’t get all the attention any more, but she has completely accepted her new rung on the ladder without a fuss. She is so gentle and sweet as can be with Marlie and I’m sure cannot wait until Marlie is big enough to play with her.

And here are two shots from a little creative session we did with Marlie around 2 weeks.

We’ve had a wonderful beginning to parenthood. As we are finding some normalcy in our new lives as a family of three, we realize how blessed we are. Off we go on this new journey. More to come…

Photo Restoration - Beautiful and delicate images

Photography by Pshemek - I love last photo. It is beautiful. Great composition.

Jenny J - I have been waiting for this blog post and it is even better than I had imagined!

She's beautiful. Love the shot with sweet Maggie. They are going to be the best of friends. Congrats you two!

Ava Martinez - CONGRATULATIONS on your newest addition. I actually laughed and cried a bit reading your story. I am 7 1/2 months pregnant and cry at everything (not that your story wasn't heart felt) The last 2 images are absolutely breathtaking – LOVE them! Good luck with everything 🙂

josephbayot - What wonderful pictures and story! Congratulations you two! Marlie is going to have the best pictures to look back on when she is older! =)

Alison & Eric’s Wedding – Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, NJ

From Jen and John – to Meghan and Nate – to Ali and Eric;  a lovely train of referrals from one wonderful wedding to the next.  Thank you to all the friends and families that have been a part of all three of these weddings.  We’ve grown to know and love each and every one of you.

While Ali was getting ready there were some looming clouds above which caused a bit of stress.  I love how Ali’s little cousin is massaging her as the makeup artist is styling her.  Everyone loves to help a bride!

Ali is a very talented seamstress, she was able to work on her own dress as well as all the girls.  I love this image because it is so Ali.  I want to thank Ali for re-upholstering the cushions of the glider we have in the babies room.  She did such an awesome job!  If anyone needs any sewing projects taken care of, Ali is your girl, contacts us and we can give you her contact info.
This is Megan – Ali’s cousin and one of our brides from a few years ago.  She is holding up the issue of (201) Magazine that her wedding was published in.  I was shocked when I saw her because believe it or not we did not even know that her wedding was published!  I submitted the images but never heard wether or not they made it in.  Megan knew I would be here so she brought it along to show me, Yippee! 
Gotta love this shirt that the Best Man was wearing.  Of course Ali made the BM patch for Best Man – what a fun touch.  While the guys were playing horseshoe the girls were getting their hair and makeup done.  Don’t you wish we girls could all get ready as quickly as guys.
I love this shot by Eric.  Each of the guys is hastily getting themselves dressed.  Notice how Eric, the groom, knocked the light and almost broke it!!  lol
We always synchronize our cameras so that the photos are consecutive which is great for story telling purposes as well as making our job of editing easier.  We love to see the timeline of the “getting ready” photos.  Usually the girls are getting ready for hours and the boys are still just sitting around, watching tv, playing games, or sometimes still sleeping.  On this day Ali and Eric were putting their shoes on at the exact same moment.
A beautiful moment of Ali fluffing her veil right before she walked down the aisle.
One photographer is always in the front at the alter ready to capture the front of the bride coming down the aisle.  The other is always in the back with the bride catching the quiet moments before she walks down the aisle and then (Brooke’s Favorite) the back of the dress going down the aisle.  This day was especially wonderful because the guests all had terrific reactions.
The first time we photographed at this church Brooke was kicked out of the balcony area.  She still got a great shot and wouldn’t you know, they had no problem letting her up there this time.  They didn’t realize how beautiful their church was from this vantage point.  Now they know and it’s so nice to have a view of the full scene.
It’s official!
Eric and Ali are very involved with their church and the youth group.  It was important for Eric to capture a shot of all his groomsmen with the church as the backdrop.  The timeline was very tight, but I was really pleased to see the photo come together.
This is one of our favorites, the party bus is always a good time.
Ali and Eric followed the latest trend with a choreographed first dance.  My favorite part of this image is Ali’s shoe so perfectly pointed up.
Brooke recently won an award for this father – daughter dance image.
Eric and his brothers dancing with Mom. 

Nice Air!

Below is the amazing letter we received from Eric & Ali…

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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

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Thank you Ali and Eric, family and friends!  We always have the greatest time with you all. Best Wishes from Be Creative Photography!

Ceremony:  St. Paul’s R.C. Church
Reception:  Rockleigh Country Club
Band:  The Guthrie Brothers
Florist:  Peter’s Florist
Lighting:  Pro Sho Productions

Rockleigh Country Club Wedding - Thank you from client! | Be Creative Photography Blog - Weddings and Portraits by Brooke & Eric Lagstein - […] just received the most wonderful thank you letter from Eric and Ali , who were married at the Rockleigh Country […]

Brandon - Awesome bouquet shot! You nailed it. You do an awesome job capturing moments at weddings.

Tim Wild - You’ve taken beautiful photos, Alison & Eric look so happy and relaxed! I love that you told the story of the day, and you’ve done a great job with your lighting 🙂

Do you want to smile?

Our baby Marlie is so funny.  She is such a good baby and doesn’t cry very much.  When she is waking up from a nap she lets out a few screams and funny noises so that we will come to get her.  The second we get there she is all smiles.

If you are having a bad day, I suggest you watch this short video of our super happy baby!  This was at 6 weeks old.  LOVE!

mikayla - great job aunt brooke & uncle eric!!! you have a perfectly great baby who loves you!!!
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Joseph Bayot - Ah I loove expressive babies!

Bathurst Wedding Photography - Wow, what an awewome bub, with amazing smiles! 3 out of 3 of ours suffered bad reflux. You are very blessed!

wayne - Nothing in the world is better than a smile from a happy baby. this is too precious.

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