I have been searching everywhere for a verb that means seeing a picture of something then seeing the real thing later.
identify (someone or something) from having encountered them before; know again. Example "I recognized her when her wig fell off"
5.Biology. to determine to what group (a given specimen) belongs.
Encounter (Oxford OL)
- Meet (someone) unexpectedly: what do we know about the people we encounter in our daily lives?
It if was a pleasant surprise.