Erica Knecht

Professional Photographer | Kuala Lumpur

families

At Home {A Mini-Session in Kemang | Jakarta Family Photography}

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I was sure this shoot was going horribly wrong. I thought, for sure, I was going to get nothing good. You see, there were these two little ones, full of life and laughter and a fair pinch of mischief, vibrating with pre-Christmas energy. And I made that silly mistake of puling out the FUN PHOTOGRAPHER card waaaaay too early. Jump on the bed, I told them. Run away, I'm a monster, I said. I got them all wound up, and I was sure it was game over.

But then look. Some magic happened. We connected. I saw them. And these images were the result. And I think, possibly, this ended up being one of my favourite sessions of the year.

So, anyway, if you want me to spend some time running your kids wild, chasing around your garden them like a monster, hoping against hope for a good picture, well, hey! Send me a note! ;) ericaknecht@gmail.com

Keep the Streets Empty for Me | A South Jakarta Family Session

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Most of the people I photograph are here in this city for a very limited amount of time. Our days here in Jakarta are bounded by contracts, cardboard boxes, and shipping containers. We bring our kids here, raise them up, and then wonder, how much of this place will they remember when they’re grown?

 

This question of roots and a sense of place is one that I reflect upon in the context of my own family. And I think that is part of the reason that I am drawn to making photographs of families out in this city.

 

Often when families ask about an outdoor venue for their photographs, I suggest taking a walk in the neighbourhood. I say get out out there, discover the cityscapes, vibrant and rich and beautiful in their mundanity, embrace it all the chaos, noise, and grit, because it’s part of your story and your story is beautiful. We'll make some photographs and you'll keep them and years later remember that time in your life when your kids where small and loved superheroes and play fighting and in the evenings they ran up and down the streets with the neighbourhood boys while the sun hangs hazy orange low.

 

I got to work with this gorgeous family several weeks ago near their home in the South. They were lovely, dynamic and fun and their boys bouncing, full of life and karate chops and that general bread of boy-ness that I so love. Anyway, it made photographing them a total dream. Plus, we did a little tour of the neighbourhood, red wagon in tow and everything. All of which is to say, this shoot was a dream. And I’d love more like this please! ;)

 

If you’re interested in doing a session like this one, I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch either here, or via my Facebook page. Or you can email me directly at ericaknecht@gmail.com. Okay! Do it! Talk to you sooooon ;)

 

In The Morning

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This is, hands down, my favourite type of shoot. 

 

 

The brief was simple: capture love, relationship, and the tiny details of the everyday. Show Mia’s morning routine, the little bits of her life here and now. Show her world as it exists through her eyes. Show the people around, her neighbourhood, her friends, her nanny, the driver, the security guard. Show the relationship they have. Show the neighbourhood, the dog that always walks by in the morning, show the noodle soup hawker, show the nannies feeding their charges in the early morning sun. Show the dirt and grime. Show how much love surrounds this little being. 

 

Right up my street, guys. Right up my street. 

 

Community speaks to me so loudly. You know that whole thing, with“It takes a village to raise a child”? I believe it. I feel it. I live it. I know that I rely on my community to help me, to love my to fill that void that comes when family are oceans and days away. 

 

So, I was so glad when I was tasked to make photographs of everyone who surrounds Mia. Because, after all, it is the people around our children, the people who love our children, the people who care for our children, who change their diapers and kiss their scraped knees and feed them mango, all of these people are the ones that teach our children what love looks like.

 

And let me tell you, this sweet child is so, so, so loved.

If you'd like to make a shoot like this, I'd love to hear from you! You can reach me here, or send me a note on email. ericaknecht@gmail.com