in memoriam – Eric Langlois

Roughly a week ago, CT photographer Eric Langlois had a bike accident at Lovers Leap State park and hit his head pretty hard, cracking his bike helmet. He returned the following day to try and retrieve his mountain bike. A witness she saw him fall into the water and cry out for help. She called 911. He went under and was not heard from again.

Photographers from all over CT as well as NY and MA came to help for an all out search effort. There were volunteers from Long Island and surrounding areas to help with dive teams, boating search parties and treks on foot. The Connecticut photographic community is, so I understand, a bit of an anomaly in that we socialize, respect and generally get along with each other. We share stories and compare tales – we don’t really hold ‘business secrets’ and many people would be surprised to discover how candid we are with each other about which clients hired whom…we very often find out who was hired when we were not!  And more often than not – they are our friends.

On Monday June 17th, there was a candlelight vigil at the bridge at Lovers Leap.

Today, June 18th, we received the sad news that his body was discovered in Lake Lillinonah.

There is a fund setup to help out his 2 surviving children, wife as well as his unborn child she is carrying.

 please donate anything you can to help out.    I know they always say this, but no amount is too small.

Funeral information can be found  HERE

He and I did a podcast a year or two ago

you can see the beautiful slideshow video from Jim Altieri   HERE

these are a few photos I found I had taken of Eric at the Inspire Photo Seminars in MA in 2011, doing what he loved doing best—


  1. Margaret Waage on June 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    So sorry. I didn’t know Eric but can see he was a bright star in the photography industry and had the love and support of family and many friends. I am sad to hear of the loss of his life. My prayers are with his family and photography community.

  2. Robertson family on June 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Our hearts and prayers go out to family and friends of Eric. Though we do not know each of you personally we acknowledge and thank the photographic community and their families for the time and effort they put forth to capture those moments in time that are so very dear to all of us. You are the family historians whose talents are invaluable. Bless you and yours at this difficult time…

  3. Nate Creamer on June 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I just recently moved from NH to CT and not knowing anyone, I was quickly pointed to Eric and RAWPhotoDesign when asking about Photography help. I looked forward to meeting Eric at his lighting seminar this year. I am heartbroken even though I have yet to meet him, it is very obvious the impact this man has had on the photography industry. The world needs more people like Eric. God bless him and his family.

    RIP Eric, god bless you.

  4. Danielle on June 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Eric photographed my cousins wedding. I remember him making me his helper while photographing my cousin at her house. He and I made jokes and lightened the mood. He’s going to be missed and his work will be too.

  5. Doris Ash on June 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    What heartbreaking news . We will keep Eric’s family and friends in our prayers and do what we can to help.

  6. Robert Gambardella on June 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news today Robert, after keeping hopes so high all week. Thank you for sharing these photos, they are so helpful to someone like me who never had the chance to meet him, but through knowing so many of his friends I feel like I know him, and I understand what a great friend and a great talent he was. My thoughts are with you through this difficult time.

  7. mary on June 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Robert, so sorry for the loss of your friend love lots oxxoxo ~mary

  8. Peggy Garbus on June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Robert–this is a lovely tribute to Eric and his family. Thank you for retrieving these images that are so telling of his passion for photography and the supportive community within which we work. Our hearts to out to Amber and their children. Having lost a spouse at a young age myself, a donation, big or small, does add up and makes a difference.

  9. Claire Forgues on June 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Did not even know this young man, but followed his story on FB. What fabulous photography, he had done. Condolences to his family and the photography world…………….

  10. Eileen Broderick on June 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Loved looking at these photos, Robert. Started the podcast a little while ago–had me laughing and crying. I had to stop to go to an appt. but plan to listen while I work later on. I am thrilled that you have that interview to share again with all of us.

  11. Anna Sanchez on June 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I am deeply saddened by your loss. There are no words for the loss of a loving man with such a promising life, a loving wife and small children. May you find comfort in each other and in your memories. May you find peace with your loss and strength to move past the pain and into the future. My thougts and prayers are with you and your family right now.

  12. Katie Lemke on June 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Very nice – thanks for sharing

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