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Couple Builds Their Passion For Photography Into Business

Be Creative Photography specializes in family events and the "celebration of life."

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 www.becreativephotography.com

Lisa Pomerantz January 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Great article and great job Brooke and Eric. You guys are amazing!
Lauren Daly January 16, 2012 at 08:36 PM
This is great! As always, your pictures are amazing. Love the tips!
Brooke Lagstein January 16, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Thanks girls! The writer did a great job!
Elizabeth Steinke January 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I love the article!! You guys embody the "celebration of life" in your photos but perhaps even more imprtantly and influential, in who you are as people. Bravo!!
sally January 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Wonderful article and great business idea. I had you in school, Eric. proud of you
Heather Bivona January 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Beautiful article! Totally captures who you both are and why you are so amazing at what you do. Thanks for the photographing tips.
Susan Frey January 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Great article! Keep up the good work guys!!
Jacquelynne Fontes January 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Thank you for the tips and the inspiration. Next time my 10 yr old daughter is practicing her violin, I will be sure to capture the moment.
Patty January 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
You two do amazing work! Love it!
sally January 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
thanks

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