One of my all-time favorite movies is Away We Go. If you haven’t watched it before, please humor my attempt to provide a synopsis. Maya Rudolph (Verona) and John Krasinski (Burt) star as a couple who recently found out they are pregnant. Verona’s parents have passed and Burt’s family moves overseas, so the two are left without ties to their current home. In an attempt to find where they belong, they visit various friends and family, trying different places out until they find their home.
It’s a combination of two people I love to watch on screen, an incredible soundtrack (lots of Alexi Murdoch), and a theme that balances wanderlust with the tension and harmony of finding roots and belonging.
As I reflect on the year, my mind goes back to Away We Go and my favorite song from the movie, All My Days. As we photographed couples, babies, high school seniors, events and families, I found in everyone’s story a snippet of belonging, change, wonder, discovery. The truth of home being with whoever we love is just as present on a wedding day as it is bringing home a newborn baby or going off to college. In the midst of change and newness, the constant of loving and being loved grounds us even when it seems the world has turned upside down.
I hope you enjoy remembering some of our favorite frames and memories from this past year. Turn on some Alexi Murdoch and feel that journey of looking, finding and sometimes losing that person or people who bring us home no matter where our feet belong.