I have been doing some work for a client, and part of her requirement was to write up the findings as a narrative. To illustrate the document the client lent me photos of the family. Suddenly these people who I had been studying came to life. These people who had previously been just names and dates really came to life as real human beings. Even though they were not my relatives I loved being able to visualise them during their life. In one case there were photos of one person (still alive and aged 85) that covered her whole life. Even though I have never met this person (the mother of my client), I can now recognise her even in the photos that are unlabelled.
Being able to "get to know" the members of this family at a different level has been a real treat for me.
(I have not included any copies of these photos as they are not mine to make public)