Men are angels born without wings, nothing could be nicer than to be born without wings and to make them grow.
— Jose Saramago
 
Artist headshot of Kuala Lumpur family photographer Erica Knecht

About Me

Here’s where I’m supposed to write something that conveys my artistic sensibility and makes me sound effortlessly cool. But, in reality, I'm not that cool, and nothing worthwhile is done without effort.

So, I'll just tell you. I'm a photographer. I'm a friend. I'm a mother, a wife, a long term expat, an instagram cliché, a reader, an artist, a human with a heart gratitude beneath my ribs.

I love kids, and probably relate to them better than I do adults (translation: I’m kinda awkward). I see childhood as this liminal space, somewhere between heartbreaking nostalgia and exuberant abandon. I’ll run around with your kids, tell them funny jokes and make farting noises till they’re laughing so hard they get the hiccups.

I was born in Canada, but my heart belongs to the world. I've spent the past 13 years in Asia with my husband as we've grown our family, expanded our hearts, and learned more about how to be a human. I have three kids, a daughter born in Japan, a son born in Indonesia, and another daughter born in China. Now we're in Kuala Lumpur. FYI Indonesia was my favorite. Everyone always asks. :) 

I make pictures and tell stories. I do yoga from time to time, but then everyone does yoga. I run so that I can feel like a human. I have a secret street photography page. I care more about boutique children’s clothing brands than is probably healthy. I perpetually have the intention to do a Whole30 or something, but then I really believe that life is short and small pleasures matter. I always have 23 tabs open in seven browser windows and that is probably a pretty good metaphor for how my life is. The thought of moving somewhere and settling forever terrifies me. I believe that struggle is important and it makes us who we are. I want to travel overland from Asia to Europe with my kids, anyone want to join me? I value community, kindness and goodness. I crave the ache of opening the heart and growing out wings. I know about that space between heartache and gratitude. I live my life guided by the ideal that breathing deeply, showing yourself fully, loving completely, and making something beautiful is enough. 

Working With Me

There's a lot of talk in the family photographer community of "finding your ideal client" and I think that, for the most part, “ideal client” is code for "finding a rich and good-looking client."

But let me tell you something about my ideal client; it's first time parents, who have waited so long to expand their hearts and grow their families. Its first time grandparents who fly across oceans and continents to witness their legacy take shape. It's families who are not rolling it, and can still create a cozy home that shows their soul, welcomes, soothes and cradles you from the heat of the midday. My ideal client is a mother so besotted with her new baby, she can't bare to look anywhere but her daughter's direction. My ideal client has insecurities and uncertainties and secret fears that she may whisper to me when she thinks I don't hear.

The way I work is to take my camera, put you in front of it, and like Ram Das says, polish the mirror, so that you might see the ideal that already exists, just as you are right in front of me. ⁣

I shoot in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, and well, wherever there's a beautiful story to tell, or an adventure to be had.

I'd love to tell your story. I’d love to bear witness to your beauty. I'd love to chat. I'd love to grab a coffee. I'd love to answer your questions about being an expat. Get in touch here or just email me. ericaknecht@gmail.com