At home with The Cheoks {A Charity Photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur}

 A little boy looks at his parents embracing during an at home photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur.
 Grandparents embrace a young boy who looks up into his grandmother’s eyes during a family photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur.
 A little boy looks out a window during a family photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur.
 A tired little boy sits on his father’s belly and rubs his eyes during a family photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur.
 An asian family with a little boy at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A candid image of a mother looking at her son, while he cuddles his father by Kuala Lumpur family photographer Erica Knecht.
 A little boy stands before a window with his arms raised up above his head in victory.
 A mother feeds her son while he stands on the counter during a family photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur.
 A father and his son make coffee with a french press during an in home family photoshoot.
 A black and white images of a father crawling with his son at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A father and his toddler son play in reflective light at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A lifestyle family photoshoot featuring a young family and their toddler son lounging in a window seat, at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A young family enjoy each other’s company at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A mother plays with her toddler son by lifting him overhead while a father looks on and smiles by family photographer Erica Knecht.
 A black and white image of a mother, a father, and their toddler boy in a window seat by kuala lumpur based photographer Erica Knecht
 A little boy reaches out and places his finger in his father’s mouth.
 A grandmother offers a taste of her cooking to her husband during a family photoshoot at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A documentary style images in black and white showing a large family gathering around a kitchen island at home in Kuala Lumpur.
 A black and white images of a boy looking at the camera while his parents embrace by family photographer Erica Knecht.
 A family photoshoot at home in Kuala Lumpur featuring a little boy giving an impish smile.

It’s always sort of terrifying starting to shoot again after a long absence. The mind rattles with doubt, as you wonder have you forgotten all you knew? Will you be able to run the shoot? Will you remember you set list? Will you be able to quite that doubt to see a family, the bonds, the quirks, the joy and above all the love that bathes them like light flooding through a kitchen window?

Making these images for the Cheoks was my first shoot in Kuala Lumpur. It was also my first Shoot For Charity session in 2018. And I couldn’t have asked for a better family to welcome me back to shooting, calm my nerves, and make me feel like I was coming home for a big, wild, noisy and love-filled Thanksgiving.

As with all my Charity shoots, the Cheoks made a generous donation to Orbis International in lieu of paying my session fees. Orbis International is a wonderful humanitarian organisation that brings sight-saving medical care to people who risk preventable blindness all throughout the developing world. My youngest child has a rare disease which might rob her of her sight. But we’ve had the incredible good fortune of being able to seek treatment from some of the leading specialists in the world, and after about five surgeries, she is now, for the time being, stable, and her sight is totally normal. But so many other children are not so lucky. In fact, most born with this condition would slowly watch as their field of vision shrank and shrank until they could no longer see that light soaked kitchen window, and they could only feel the tenderness of an embrace, but not see the love that floods their mother’s face as she regards her child.

I run these charity shoots once a year at the end of summer as a way of celebrating all the good that we have in our lives, and spreading some of that good out to others who need it. If you’re interested in joining me, get in touch! You can find me on Facebook, Instagram or by email. I’ll be taking bookings for August / September 2019.