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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.

New Hampshire Trip

Last weekend was our annual trip to New Hampshire to visit Justin, Lisa, and Coco. Coco and Maggie are the best of friends. These pictures don’t do them justice. They play for endless hours, wrestling, running, tug-o-war, sharing toys, and kissing each other. Their tails must be exhausted from all the happiness with each other.
Whenever we get ready to go somewhere they wait patiently in the back of the car to make sure we don’t leave one of them behind.

Justin and Lisa are expecting a baby girl in June. We are so excited for them.

We wanted to get a great shot of Coco before the baby came. Just to cherish the moment, Coco’s days of glory.

We have a couple of attention words for the pups. If you say “cookie” or “snowball” they stop in their tracks and stand at attention.

Poor Maggie was so sad for the entire 5 hour trip home. She could hardly raise her head she was so heavy with the blues. Every once in a while we would hear a long, drawn out sigh from the back of the car. They will be reunited in April again and we can’t wait!

Jenny J - The sighs are so adorable. Simone is big on giving them when something isn’t going her way like when I moved her a few inches over on the couch last night.

Love Maggie and Coco in the back with their butts tilted to the same side and matching blue ID tags.

Tina & Nick – Valley Regency Wedding

Congratulations to Tina and Nick! First, I have to let you know that Tina and I were great friends growing up. We lived close to each other and played Softball and Volleyball together during all of our childhood. After high school we lost touch, but I am so happy to have reconnected with her. Nick is awesome and they both have been so wonderful! Check out their pictures below.

They started their portraits at the Lambert Castle.
It was a beautiful sun-kissed day that worked perfectly with her fall color scheme.

This is one of our favorites that was also used in her Thank You cards.

This image just kills me because I know what a great relationship she and her dad have (and her mom too). I am so happy that this moment was captured for them. Her mom and dad came to many, if not all of our games. They were the faces in the stands you could always count on.

Isn’t this beautiful! What a lucky, October day at the Valley Regency.
I went to high school with these three girls too! I love that they all remained so close.

This one we’ve posted on the blog before, back in December I think.

Nick and his mom, another beautiful moment.

WHAT? WOW! That’s gotta hurt.

Everyone had an absolute blast – crazy dancing and fun all day and night. What a party.

Thank you guys! It’s been so wonderful to reconnect with you and have the opportunity to be a part of your wedding day and creating your album. When I couldn’t be there to photograph my friends wedding, it’s great to know that the ever so dependable and talented- second shooter Allan Zepeda was there for us. Thank you Allan.

Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Colleen & Kevin’s Wedding – Woodbury Country Club

Congratulations to Colleen and Kevin! Their wedding was at the Woodbury Country Club, in Woodbury, NY. We had such a wonderful time with them. This first shot was taken at the hotel before the ceremony.

This one too.

This little guy was such a cutie. I love this shot that Eric grabbed before the ceremony. He is so tiny compared to the big bench and the window, I love how his little feet are dangling, and he is focusing on the ring pillow.

An outside-in shot during the ceremony. This priest did the most wonderful thing. When it was time to receive communion he told all the guests that if they could not receive communion that they could still come up, hold their hands across their chest and he would give them a blessing. I really loved this and thought how wonderful it would be if all churches would do this. It really stinks to have to sit in the pews while everyone climbs over you to go receive communion. You feel so left out.

The bride and groom are announced as husband and wife for the first time.

This is probably my favorite shot of the day.

I love the primary colors in this photo.
Although it was very dark we were able to grab a quick photo, with no flash, with the great car.

The party was a lot of fun. I remember suddenly when Colleen’s family stood up on their chairs and started twirling their napkins around and then they all ran to the dance floor.

These guys were toast.

Melted right into the sofas.

And the final dance, their moondance song.

Thank you for being so wonderful! Colleen visited us last week and brought us a special treat, cupcakes, YUM! I drove Colleen back to the train and when I got home, Maggie was in the kitchen with cupcake covering her face. She didn’t know that the evidence that she stole a cupcake was completely smeared all over her face. She just looked at me, tilted her head, and pretended like “nothing to see here. I am completely innocent”. Where was the camera???

Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Anonymous - very nice. Where is the church?

Erika Jackson - Beautiful! Love the ring shot.

Yvette and Rockwell’s Wedding – Tribeca Rooftop

Yvette and Rockwell are awesome, happy, fun loving, bright eyed and full of smiles and joy. We had such an amazing time photographing them and working with them every step of the way. They have both been so incredibly kind to us and so easy going. They gave us carte blanche for their portraits and we totally appreciated their trust in us. The outcome is wonderful. The Tribeca Rooftop has some fantastic photo ops. The getting ready began at Yvette’s Aunt’s house in Queens. Here is my favorite image of her dress.

These two little guys were so funny. The ride from Queens to Tribecca was such a blast. They would be crazy, then asleep, crazy, then asleep.

Yvette and Rockwell met on the rooftop at Tribeca and then we headed downstairs for some street portraits.

This shot was Rockwell’s idea! He saw the scooter sitting there and hopped on like it was his own. Without a word, Yvette assumed her role of chasing him, we all laughed so hard.

What are the chances of finding your name written in grafitti, while taking portraits on your wedding day? PERFECT!

Yvette’s poor feet must have been killing her. What a trooper. The adrenaline on your wedding day takes all pain away.

I love this shot of the different generations of men. They look GOOD!

Oh my Gosh, this was Yvette’s entrance into the ceremony. Stunning.

It’s official.

They had a surprise for all their guests, an unbeatable salsa routine, it was so exciting.

The DJ’s lights were fantastic. We loved the vibe.

I was taking a shot of the cake and so happy that this little girl was twirling in the background.

Rockwell and his mom.

Yvette and her mom.

And last but not least, our absolute favorite, Eric’s distinct eye for color, light, and mood. Hope you guys love it too.

Congratulations to the happiest couple and thank you for submitting your images so quickly. We can’t wait to design your album.

Brooke and Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Yvette, The Bride - A million thanks to the two most amazing and talented photographers on this planet! You documented our day perfectly, just as we knew you would! Looking forward to our album =)

Playing with our new cameras!

Season 2009 HERE WE COME! WOO HOO! Can you tell we are refreshed or what?

Friends of ours once said that Eric and I were like Ying and Yang. Which is true because while Eric and I are so different from each other we are also so much the same. We balance each other out and I feel lucky to have the type of relationship that we do. Yesterday is a perfect example. First of all, Eric loooooves when the mail arrives. I just completely cannot understand this. What does he think we are going to get? Presents? Money? Sometimes we get an invitation, a thank you card, or a note from a friend which is always exciting. Usually it’s just bills, junk mail, coupons, things that pile up and clutter our space. Personally, I’d rather leave them out in the mailbox or move them right to the trash. But not Eric, he opens our front door every day around the time the mailwoman comes. As soon as he hears the footsteps in the front he goes running to greet her at the door with the anticipation of a boy on Christmas morning. It’s something that makes me smile. And I also count my blessings that I do not ever have to get the mail another day in my life. He’s just too good at it, why bother.

I also know that Eric has a bit of a shopping problem. Sometimes his anticipation is for something that he’s ordered. Last week he was waiting for a shipment from Staples. You would think it was a flat screen TV but it was just paper clips, stapler, and new paper shredder (which we needed because Maggie ate the wire of the old one when she was a puppy).

Yesterday, we desperately needed to get out of the house but Eric would not leave. “I’m waiting for a surprise” he said with a mischievous look. Oh boy! I was hoping for plane tickets to Thailand. But to my surprise Eric ordered TWO NEW CAMERAS! Well of course he did, he is such a tech junkie. That’s right, we have the new 5DMKII’s. And if that wasn’t worth getting excited over I don’t know what is?

These cameras are amazing! We haven’t had much of a chance to play with them yet. I was cooking breakfast for dinner last night because we had no food in the house. I was too excited, leaving to go food shopping was too risky. So I was making pancakes for dinner. Eric took a few pictures of me and my sous chef Maggie. I mean the monster who hangs out at my feet waiting for food to fall that she can gobble up.

These cameras are like butter. They feel so much more sturdy than the old 5D’s. The shutter is so responsive. And the best thing is the incredible abilities of this camera to take amazing pictures in low light.

I think these two were taken during daylight.

We love anything that can help us push ourselves creatively and we are so excited to explore all the capabilities of these new cameras. We are so looking forward to the two events we have in February.

Jenny J - ooh it is so tempting to spread the butter!!! would you reveal the iso those indoor evening images were shot at? i’m interested mainly for the low light performance. Robin has been getting into video lately and the more he learns about them, the more supportive he is of getting one. speaking of the vids, there are some new fun ones of the pups:

Cathy - Congrats! We LOVE our mkii’s too! (although we’re having trouble finding batteries for them). I’m so excited! Oh, and the whole mail thing…my husband is the exact same way. Cracks me up 🙂

Ulysses - Hey there, guys! I just wanted to post a quick CONGRATS on the arrival of your two new babies — I mean your two new cameras! LOL!

Remember to feed them, burp them, and clean them up once in a while. Other “parents” will be so jealous!

Love seeing your puppy, too. She’s gorgeous. We’re looking forward to catching up with you both real soon. Big hugs coming your way for both of you from myself and Jenni. We’ve missed you!

Joseph Bayot - Congratulations! I’ve heard so many good things about the 5DII’s. I’m saving up to go full frame myself =) Soon I hope! There will always be a special place in my heart for my trust 350D though =)

Oheka Castle Wedding – Crystal & Chang’s Wedding

Thank you everyone for being patient with our blog these last few months. We took on the holiday season at full tilt and then took some time to unwind. We are officially back in the saddle. We really want to catch up and start this year fresh. So here it goes! Crystal and Chang are an amazing couple. They gave me, Eric, the amazing opportunity to photograph their wedding at the Oheka Castle. The Oheka is one my favorite venues I have ever shot at. I was hired as a single photographer for this wedding.

Crystal was a little bit anxious when I first showed up but as soon as she put on her Vera Wang dress she was the happiest and most carefree bride in the world.  I thought she was going to bust from happiness!  She made photography a top priority so we had a lot of time scheduled to explore the grounds.

This is one of my favorite images because of her sillhouette, the light, the detail in her dress.

We took a lot of pictures with her dog 🙂 She loves photography and dogs just as much as me. When I heard her puppy was going to be in the castle I was so excited. The puppy wasn’t too excited about the photoshoot at first – I was shocked! But soon enough we made a connection.

These flowers are stunning.

The ceremony was super romantic. Chang was such a relaxed guy. He loves Crystal so much, all he cared about was that she was happy. I really adored the ceremony and observing their relationship.

This is probably my favorite photo. I love the sparkling light, I love their energy together and the way the trees are encompassing them.
Crystal was such a wonderful subject, so easy to give direction to, and such a natural in front of the camera.

This photo is a WPJA award winner.
When the party began they were more than prepared for their first dance. It was beautiful! Notice how Chang always has his eyes on Crystal.

We popped out for a few minutes at sunset. Here they are going back inside.  I love the grandness of the Castle.

By the end of the night we were buddies.  So cute!

The tea ceremony was filled with emotion, they cried and laughed over and over again.

First of all, this is the most beautiful dress! We took a lot of photos of Crystal once she changed but how many can I post?

Congratulations Crystal and Chang! Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to photograph your wedding.

Eric Lagstein
Be Creative Photography

Charlene @ Sweetchic - Wow, this wedding is stunning!!

Joseph Bayot - Wow that smile is contagious!

The shot of the bride sitting is gorgeous.

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