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My Experience with Remento: Jessica Lazar Bates

September 2022

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Personal Interview
From the Community
Oral History
Family Stories

Jessica used Remento to reflect on the people (and pets) closest to her - reliving moments she'd captured through photos and bringing them to life in a new way. In her own words, follow along as she explored an early version of the Remento iOS App.

Ready to capture your family’s stories? Want to create multimedia mementos for generations to come? Or maybe you’re looking for a way to make a unique and super-personalized journal of your own experiences? Then look no further than Remento.

As a devoted pet owner, the first project I did was for my cat. The questions made me smile and I just loved the opportunity to scroll through my photos to find the day I rescued him! Then, I used a template to capture my son’s first week of Pre-K. I really enjoyed doing this project with him, asking questions about each day of school and sharing my own observations— along with super cute photos and video clips that we can make together right in the app. Later this month, when we go visit his 98-year-old great-grandfather, I will use this app to collect stories about his life and experiences.

Screenshots of some of Jessica's Remento Projects

I don’t know about you, but I literally have decades of photos stored on my phone and in the Cloud – not to mention the endless photos of printed pictures that I’ve taken for #throwbackthursday and #flashbackfriday! Scrolling through all of these context-less memories has made me smile, but I’ve also wondered what the heck I would do with all of them. (Sure, I can tell easily enough that the adorable picture is from my son’s first Halloween, but why did I choose that costume? Did I make it, buy it, or was it a hand-me-down? And where the heck were we, anyhow?)

With Remento, I can take the time to really reflect on the moments I’ve captured throughout the years, ask thoughtful questions about them, then pull them together into a wonderful, cohesive story. And, as I make new memories with my family and friends, I have an easy and intuitive way to create the stories of our lives. I was originally intimidated by the idea of collecting our family history, but because of this intuitive and easy-to-use app, I now have the confidence to make this project easy and fun.

A woman in a straw sun hat and sunglasses takes a selfie with her young son
Jessica and her son

About Jessica Lazar Bates

Jessica is a digital strategist based in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter at @jesserker.

Tags:

Personal Interview
From the Community
Oral History
Family Stories