A Tribute to Julian St. Pierre

julian2I got a message this morning from Trisha Von Lanken that made my heart sink. Julian St. Pierre, co-owner of Studio Vieux Carre and co-founder of In[Focus] passed away in his sleep last night. The news was all the more odd because Tasra and I just had breakfast with him and his wife Terry Terravella three days ago, Friday. He was his usual spirited, funny, and bright self.

I first got to know Julian about five or six years ago at WEVA. I was picking his brain about how to produce a wedding-related television show. His studio at the time was producing a very popular local cable show geared towards brides and we were looking to do something similar online. He was extremely gracious in sharing his knowledge and we became fast friends.

You couldn’t meet Julian and not be attracted to him. First, there was the fact that he was a spittin’ image of Steven Spielberg. Right down to the baseball cap and glasses. What a cool look to have for a event videographer. I admired his shoot from the hip, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. He was a leader in our industry. Someone who pushed the bar, took chances, and always worked to be on the cutting edge. He was a dreamer.

LIVE LIFE…NOW

I still can’t get over the fact that I JUST saw the man three days ago. Our time on this earth is so precious. So short. No one knows when his or her time is up. I don’t know what it was that caused Julian’s passing, but there clearly wasn’t anything visible. This is just a reminder how important it is to live life to the fullest now. Follow your dreams. Love on your family and spend quality time with those you care about. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you know should be said today.

I never know how to act or react to surprising news like this. Emotions swim. My prayers will be with Julian’s wife Terry and the rest of his family. Julian was a visionary and a man who I believed truly wanted to do what was good. Despite living in New Orleans, he was no saint. :-) But I believe he honestly wanted to do right by people and his passion for improving our industry was infectious. As was his smile. He will be missed.

UPDATE: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Here are the funeral and viewing info:

  • Monday, Nov.16, 2009
  • Visitation from 10:00am-1:00pm, with the service starting at 1pm.
  • The burial will be immediately following at the cemetery.

He will be buried by his parents.

Mothe Funeral Home
2100 West Bank Exp.
Harvey, LA 70058

They are working on a charity to donate to in lieu of flowers.

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11 Responses to “A Tribute to Julian St. Pierre”

  1. Such shocking news. Our industry has lost a great leader and kind soul. He will truly be missed.

  2. thanks, dude. great words and thoughts… he will be missed. greatly.

  3. My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. St.Pierre. Thank you Ron for the reminder to live life and not just cost through, which I find myself doing all to often. You, Tasra, and Imahni seem to embrace this mantra and it shows in your lives.

  4. Well spoken my friend. I had alays like Julian, but with the preparations for In Focus I have have a much better chance to really get to know him. I loved his attitude and style. He WILL be missed and what he did will be appreciated for years to come. Our prayers are with you Terry & Joe

  5. Well said Ron… well said.

  6. Very well said.

  7. That's truly a shame. I met him only recently, but it was truly a pleasure working with him. Definitely a loss for the event video industry.

  8. Pat and I are saddened and shocked by the news of Julian's passing. I've had the opportunity to “party” with him and Terry at several of our industry events. I sat in many of his seminars and he was truly a pioneer in the event videography field. Julian was always giving and willing to share with all professionals in the industry. I ALWAYS reminded him that he looked like Steven Spielberg. His contributions to the wedding and event video world will truly be missed. My prayers will be with Terry and their family and with the event videography family he also leaves behind.

  9. Mike & Shirley Gunter November 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I am so sorry for his family's loss and the loss to us all.

  10. and here is not a kind of SNS website (Social Networking Services).so nobody think that's necessary to comment here..hot deal

  11. Erin St Pierre England October 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Thank u for writing this. I still google his name…glad to find ur posting…several years later.

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