You need to use your camera and learn how to use it. I love the self timer for many reasons. One of the best features in almost every camera out there today is the self timer. This way you can get in the photograph with your family. Just set up on a tripod or a low wall car roof or what ever will let use this feature capture the memory. One tip is that you want to make sure you frame the shot well and take the time to get every one else ready and let them know were you will stand so that your space is free when you are ready.