As the memory keepers of our families, it happens that we’re not always in the picture since we’re usually the ones taking the photos. But, we don’t always have to rely on others to make sure we’re in the photos though. With my DSLR, I started with just propping it up and using the timer feature. We used this mainly to take posed family photos. Then a few years back I made a small equipment investment that changed everything. I started by purchasing an inexpensive tripod. I bought the Amazon Basics one and it’s perfect for what I use it for. It’s lightweight, folds up small and comes with a carrying bag. I just looked it up and I purchased mine in 2015 and have had zero issues with it. I also purchased a wireless shutter release remote compatible with my camera. The specific one I bought is not available any longer, but was purchased for less than $20. This set-up changed everything. Set up your camera on the tripod in a place where it can capture the action and just randomly click the remote. My family loves to play with the remote as well, so it gets passed around and you never know when a candid might be taken. We also use this set up to take group photos. With my in-laws we always take a series of normal photos and crazy ones. They’re some of my favorite photos. My son loves to take charge of the remote and captures plenty for me to choose from for scrapping. Not Christmas, but here are some of the photos we captured this way at my in-laws’ anniversary celebration (my husband would call out things like “pretend to be asleep” or “look scared” so much fun!)... While I have no experience with products like this with using my phone’s camera, there looks to be several good options on Amazon. A quick search found this highly rated phone shutter release and Amazon Basics also has a phone tripod in their line as well. If you want to look at something a little more versatile to hold your phone, this Phone Stand Clip on Etsy is something I can’t live without. I have two myself and have purchased one for everyone in my family. So, to wrap this up… timers are no additional cost and are included on your phone and/or camera. A shutter release remote and tripod is an investment, but will yield some priceless holiday photos! This holiday season, let’s all try to get in the picture!