Leanne Wei

Little Butterflies

When it comes to photography, I've always felt much more comfortable capturing still life than people.  There's something about the responsibility of having to capture moments and feelings and expressions that I personally find very daunting.  When I'm photographing food and still life, the tabletop is my canvas.  I know exactly how I want every strawberry cut and every petal to fall, but photographing children doesn't come with the same kind of control.  You have a split second to capture a funny face or a particular smile, and even though there were many more smiles and moments I witnessed than the ones I was able to capture, spending the day with these little children was such a heart warming experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Picasso once said that all children are born artists.  When I first arrived at the iHOPE School to photograph the kids at their Special Olympics event for Gramforacause, one of the first things that caught my eye were the artworks on the wall.  Creativity comes in all forms and the imagination of children bloom like fields of flowers.  It touched my heart to experience first hand the love, encouragement and support the children received on every level: physically, emotionally and creatively.  Every child is born with a talent and iHope provides a sanctuary for these precious children to transform into the best versions of themselves. 


iHOPE NYC, The International Academy Of Hope, is a highly specialized brain injury school in New York City.
Their goal is to be a leader in the educational space for youth suffering from brain injuries. They follow a model of best physical therapy practices combined with high tech solutions.