On Sunday, I photographed the Leon family. During Alice and Rich Leon’s 35 year marriage, the couple has created a wonderful family. Alice and Rich have two daughters and a few grandchildren. All three generations were at the house for the photo session. Alice wanted to reproduce a family photo taken about twenty years ago in the same room.
When I returned home and viewed the photos, I was amazed that nearly every photo was excellent. I did very little as a photographer. I mostly sat in one place and watched an amazing family.
I was more impressed by the Leon family than my own ability as a photographer. I am a competent photographer. I could become a much better family man.
Alice Ross Leon contacted me, because her family might not have many more family photo shoots. At some level, we all know that our days are limited, but some people know this more than others. The Leon family has established the Richard Leon Foundation. Though Rich and Alice have been married for nearly 35 years, this story has just begun.
I hope to learn more from this family. Seeing them together in this photo above, I can imagine Rich and Alice as a younger couple.
When Rich and Alice are with their grandchildren, I can also see them as… well, as grandparents.
Grandparents and grandchildren conspire against the middle generation. Now that I am a parent, I understand the natural order, and I appreciate that grandparents suddenly discover Lucky Charms or some other unhealthy breakfast food. When Rich was with his grandchildren, he suddenly became playful. He became younger and healthier.
To see more from the afternoon, view the first group of photos here, or
go directly to the slideshow.