A few Christmases ago I got the hubs (or myself?) the GorillaPod by Joby. I think we've used him once before. Sadly, he's usually hiding in our junk drawer. At the last minute before we left the house, I had the foresight to bring him along thinking he might just come in handy. And boy, was I right! This little gadget can attach to everything! I'm so in love with him that he's gone from inanimate object to part of the family.
I don't know what we would have done without him. Probably the ol' "extend the arm out as far as you can facebook profile pic" method. Something like this...
But, because of our handy little GorrillaPod, we were able to get some great "professional-looking" shots all on our own. Thanks, GorillaPod. (Cue Thumbs-Up pose. Cut. Print.)
No longer will our trusty sidekick be lost in our junk drawer, but this little fella has now earned himself a spot in the camera bag. (Where he should have been all along!)
So, what about you guys? Are you pinching your pennies and shooting your own family shots or are you still leaving it to the professionals? What other gadgets do you find yourself claiming as must-haves?