Erica Knecht

Professional Photographer | Kuala Lumpur

jakarta

To You and Your Kin

Indonesia, jakarta, lifestyle photographyErica KnechtComment

Twelve months ago, I was sitting in a little cafe, my computer balanced on a wobbly old table, collecting my favourite images and writing words that I hoped would come to life. I was working on this website. Twelve months ago, I hit publish, and released my dream out into the world. Twelve months ago, I was anxiously wishing that maybe, somehow a few people would hire me to make their portraits.  

 

And here we are, now, entering a new year, and I can hardly believe how this past year has unfolded.

 

I put up my website. And people started calling. I met so many gorgeous people, I got to hang out with babies, I was charmed (and challenged) by toddlers. I photographed a new life coming into this world. I was published, and this I can still hardly believe, in a real life print magazine. I took a handful of courses, gained confidence and courage. I got to travel all the way to San Fransisco to attend a workshop and meet some amazingly talented and creative photographers. I got to meet my ultimate photography crush. 

 

But the best thing of all, I think, really, if it comes down to it, is I got to meet so many lovely people. Each time I am hired to work for a new family, I’ve got a stone in my belly and worries in my mind: will I be able to do this? Will I be able to handle the kids? What about the parents? Will they like me? Will the like my work???? 

 

But then, each time, without fail, I’m let in the front door, I kneel down and greet the kids, I get a shy smile, and then it’s all over. I’m in, and we’re buds. I fall in love with each family I work with. I see the families before me, dressed in their best perfection disguises, think, well hey, you guys are sweet and maybe this is going to be okay? And then the middle kid crosses his arms and starts to pout, and the big kid chases the little one with his nurf gun, and the baby starts to cry and the mum starts to crack just a little and shoots a look at the dad, and I think, guys, I see you, I really see you now and I just love you all the more. 

 

I mean, shoot, there really are so many wonderful people in the world, and I get to see them, I mean, really see them. I get invited to their homes. I get to see how they live and how they lvoeAnd I’m sure that I have the best sort of clients, and I just can’t believe my luck. 

 

Anyway, 2015 has been pretty wonderful. Which isn’t to say that every moment has been dreamy, because certainly there’s been doubt and angst, because hello, I’m me. But overall when I look how this year has unfolded, I’m just glad. So, here’s a little roundup of some of my favourite images from 2015, all lovely families, all perfectly cracked just a little bit.

 

And guys, thanks. Really, this has been such a special experience for me. To everyone who’s hired me to see them with my camera, given me a high five, or liked a post, or even just visited this page, thanks. Really. I'm going to be running a giveaway this  month to say thank you for all the support. So. But until then, good tidings to you. All of you. Thanks.

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Where He Was Small

family photography, Indonesia, jakarta, A Farewell SessionErica KnechtComment

I'm not really one for long goodbyes, But a goodbye photoshoot? YES! Let's do it.

See this little boy here? He was about to move back home to Japan, having lived his whole life in Jakarta. His entire life has been here, everything he's ever known in these streets, but he's still too small to hold onto the memories of his first home, his first friends, his first loves. 

His parents asked me to make some photographs of their little boy's life here. They wanted to have some photos, some tangible representation of their time here. They wanted to capture his favourite places, his toys, and the streets near his house. They asked me to shoot mostly in black and white (happy to!!!) 

I love doing this kind of work. It might be one of my favourite ways to shoot a family, knowing that their days here are numbered, and nostalgia is thick, and they realize deeper than ever before, how much good there is in this place, that these truly are the golden days, and they want to hold onto it all.  

Anyway, here's a little from this session, if you'd like to see.

And if you'd like to make some photographs like this, send me a note. ericaknecht@gmail.com

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

families, family photography, jakarta, lifestyle photographyErica KnechtComment

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

families, documentary, jakartaErica KnechtComment

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