5​ ​Reasons​ ​You​ ​Should​ ​Always​ ​Add​ ​a​ ​Note​ ​to​ ​a​ ​Memorable​ ​Photo

Few of ​us​ ​pause​ ​to​ ​think​ ​of​ ​the​ ​critical​ ​role​ ​that​ ​photographs​ ​play​ ​in​ ​telling​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​our​ ​lives;​ ​to family​ ​and​ ​friends​ ​that​ ​we​ ​share​ ​with​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​strangers​ ​that​ ​will​ ​encounter​ ​you​ ​or​ ​your​ ​still​ ​likeness now​ ​and​ ​many​ ​more​ ​years​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future.

5​ ​Reasons​ ​You​ ​Should​ ​Always​ ​Add​ ​a​ ​Note​ ​to​ ​a​ ​Memorable​ ​Photo

Few​ ​of​ ​us​ ​pause​ ​to​ ​think​ ​of​ ​the​ ​critical​ ​role​ ​that​ ​photographs​ ​play​ ​in​ ​telling​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​our​ ​lives;​ ​to family​ ​and​ ​friends​ ​that​ ​we​ ​share​ ​with​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​strangers​ ​that​ ​will​ ​encounter​ ​you​ ​or​ ​your​ ​still​ ​likeness now​ ​and​ ​many​ ​more​ ​years​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future.

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​documenting​ ​our​ ​lives,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​by​ ​far​ ​the​ ​luckiest​ ​generation.​ ​ ​We​ ​live​ ​in​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of Instagram,​ ​Facebook,​ ​and​ ​Twitter​ ​where​ ​we​ ​can​ ​capture​ ​and​ ​document​ ​every​ ​“Instagrammable”
moment​ ​in​ ​our​ ​lives.​ ​It​ ​may​ ​seem​ ​trivial​ ​but​ ​those​ ​little​ ​moments​ ​we​ ​share​ ​on​ ​Facebook​ ​and​ ​Instagram will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​our​ ​lives.​ ​ ​An​ ​archivist​ ​or​ ​a​ ​future​ ​great-grandson​ ​may​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​relive​ ​your cherished​ ​moments​ ​through​ ​your​ ​photographs​ ​with​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​upload.

Assuming​ ​they​ ​will​ ​be​ ​around​ ​forever,​ ​Instagram​ ​and​ ​Facebook​ ​might​ ​give​ ​you​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​post​ ​a “note”​ ​or​ ​update​ ​on​ ​every​ ​image​ ​that​ ​you​ ​upload​ ​but​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​have​ ​that​ ​luxury​ ​when​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​print photos​ ​or​ ​old​ ​photos​ ​that​ ​your​ ​parents​ ​or​ ​grandparents​ ​have​ ​kept​ ​all​ ​these​ ​years.​ ​ ​With​ ​these,​ ​the​ ​best way​ ​to​ ​preserve​ ​memory​ ​and​ ​context​ ​is​ ​by​ ​sticking​ ​notes​ ​at​ ​the​ ​back​ ​of​ ​the​ ​photo.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​useful​ ​for various​ ​reasons.

Life​ ​is​ ​Made​ ​of​ ​Memories

You​ ​might​ ​pride​ ​yourself​ ​on​ ​your​ ​memory​ ​now​ ​but,​ ​as​ ​you​ ​grow​ ​old,​ ​your​ ​memory​ ​may​ ​recede. Memories​ ​are​ ​like​ ​photographs​ ​themselves,​ ​slowly​ ​fading​ ​with​ ​time.​ ​ ​As​ ​you​ ​age​ ​you​ ​may​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be able​ ​to​ ​recall​ ​all​ ​the​ ​details​ ​of​ ​your​ ​life,​ ​like​ ​your​ ​graduation​ ​from​ ​college​ ​or​ ​your​ ​wedding​ ​day​ ​with accuracy.​ ​ ​Sticking​ ​notes​ ​on​ ​your​ ​memorable​ ​photographs​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​recall​ ​the​ ​people​ ​and​ ​places​ ​in
the​ ​photographs.​ ​ ​That​ ​long​ ​lost​ ​cousin,​ ​friend,​ ​colleague,​ ​acquaintance​ ​or​ ​old​ ​neighbor?​ ​A​ ​simple​ ​note might​ ​bring​ ​all​ ​the​ ​memories​ ​flooding​ ​back​ ​enabling​ ​you​ ​to​ ​relive​ ​the​ ​wonderful​ ​moments​ ​that​ ​you shared​ ​together.

Notes​ ​can​ ​also​ ​help​ ​you​ ​remember​ ​all​ ​the​ ​important​ ​life’s​ ​milestones​ ​that​ ​you​ ​have​ ​achieved​ ​over​ ​the years.​ ​They​ ​might​ ​seem​ ​momentous​ ​and​ ​unforgettable​ ​but​ ​if​ ​you​ ​live​ ​a​ ​long​ ​life,​ your​ ​important moments​ ​and​ ​events​ ​will​ ​be​ ​so​ ​numerous​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​barely​ ​recall​ ​them.​ ​Adding​ ​a​ ​few​ ​notes​ ​helps bring​ ​forth​ ​all​ ​the​ ​moments​ ​in​ ​vivid​ ​details.

Who​ ​are​ ​These​ ​People?

That​ ​is​ ​the​ ​question​ ​your​ ​kids,​ ​grandkids​ ​or​ ​great​ ​grandkids​ ​will​ ​be​ ​asking​ ​as​ ​they​ ​pour​ ​over​ ​your “anonymous”​ ​photographs.​ ​ ​Adding​ ​notes​ ​to​ ​your​ ​photographs​ ​humanizes​ ​the​ ​people​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pictures and​ ​adds​ ​some​ ​context​ ​to​ ​the​ ​occasion.​ ​ ​You​ ​will​ ​probably​ ​not​ ​meet​ ​or​ ​know​ ​your​ ​great​ ​grandkids​ ​but they​ ​will​ ​love​ ​to​ ​know​ ​you​ ​and​ ​relive​ ​your​ ​life​ ​and​ ​times​ ​through​ ​the​ ​photos​ ​and​ ​footnotes.

Preserve​ ​Your​ ​Family​ ​History

Adding​ ​notes​ ​on​ ​photographs​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​genealogical​ ​undertaking​ ​that​ ​helps​ ​to​ ​preserve​ ​the​ ​family history.​ ​ ​By​ ​identifying​ ​individuals​ ​and​ ​events,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​help​ ​build​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​family​ ​archive​ ​that​ ​future generations​ ​can​ ​dig​ ​into​ ​to​ ​know​ ​more​ ​about​ ​the​ ​roots.​ ​ ​We​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know​ ​where​ ​we​ ​come​ ​from​ ​and who​ ​our​ ​ancestors​ ​were​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​grounded​ ​in​ ​our​ ​lives.

The​ ​Relatives​ ​You​ ​Never​ ​Knew​ ​Existed

The​ ​family​ ​unit​ ​in​ ​most​ ​Western​ ​countries​ ​is​ ​often​ ​as​ ​big​ ​as​ ​the​ ​nuclear​ ​family.​ ​ ​IT​ ​is​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​up without​ ​meeting​ ​cousins​ ​and​ ​other​ ​relatives.​ ​ ​By​ ​adding​ ​notes​ ​to​ ​family​ ​photos,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​help​ ​remind some​ ​of​ ​those​ ​lost​ ​family​ ​bonds.

Preserving​ ​Communal​ ​History

Did​ ​you​ ​know​ ​that​ ​archivists​ ​and​ ​local​ ​historians​ ​often​ ​dig​ ​into​ ​family​ ​archives​ ​and​ ​photos​ ​to​ ​reconstruct the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​places​ ​and​ ​events?​ ​ ​Your​ ​family​ ​might​ ​seem​ ​like​ ​a​ ​single​ ​independent​ ​unit​ ​with​ ​its​ ​own unique​ ​history,​ ​but​ ​that​ ​history​ ​is​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​local​ ​heritage.​ ​ ​At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​all interdependent.​ ​ ​Adding​ ​notes​ ​to​ ​memorable​ ​photos​ ​can​ ​document​ ​your​ ​family’s​ ​place​ ​in​ ​history,​ ​thus helping​ ​add​ ​to​ ​the​ ​rich​ ​heritage​ ​of​ ​your​ ​community​ ​and​ ​humanity​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole.