Want to know what’s in my shooting | styling kit for an interiors photoshoot?

Interiors Photographer + Stylist, Tori Sikkema

In addition to my ThinkTank camera kit, Tenba Rolling Bag, and all my other gear for photography, I never leave home without my shooting | styling kit. I have added to my list from each photoshoot: from protein balls & hydration to a handheld steamer for organic cotton duvets. These items are essential to have a seamless and productive interior photoshoot.

Gaffer Tape – I use this to secure any cords on the floor, so no one trips;

Contractor Garbage Bags – I use these to block light based on time of day and composition goals for each image;

Pink Tool Kit – Everything from an Allen wrench, tape measure, and level to every command strip imaginable, I am ready to hang art and tighten my tripod; 

Furniture Slides: Styling and photography require moving lots and lots of furniture. These are back savers;

Step Stool – I am petite at 5’2”, so this is a must for getting that perfect shot;

Moving Blanket – protect the floors;

Shoe Covers – be respectful and protect the floors;

Pair of socks – Going barefoot all day on hardwood floors is tough;

Professional Sharp Pruning Shears – I’m famous for going out into nature to source my greenery and branches for props! The sharper, the better;

Command Strips in so many sizes;

Glass Cleaner & Roll of paper towels – you never want a dirty counter or TV/computer screen;

Handheld vacuum, or ask if you can use the homeowners!

These items are just the tip of the iceberg! I also have hair spray, safety pins, straight pins, Bobbi pins, double stick tape, tide stain stick, and a comb. I always get designer images, so I have some “just in case” items for beautifying and taming flyaway hair.

Before I forget, I want to share my favorite peanut butter protein balls recipe, inspired by Batch in Manasquan, NJ. I never leave home without my Lily Pulitzer cooler bag filled with healthy treats and water.

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

(yields approx. 1 dozen balls)

1 cup peanut or almond butter

¼ cup honey

½ cup Orgain vanilla protein powder

⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

2 tsp. Vanilla

1-⅓ -½ cups gluten-free Quaker Oats (purple label)

¼ cut chia seeds (optional)

Pinch of salt

Add the peanut or nut butter, honey, rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla protein powder, salt into a medium mixing bowl until combined using a wooden or rubber spatula.

Add your chocolate chips last and gently fold them in until evenly combined.

Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to form 2” round balls and place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Once all the balls are formed, place them in the fridge overnight and voila, you have a protein-packed on-the-go snack!

Being professional begins with being prepared for every situation. I would love to learn more about the projects you want to be captured for your portfolio.

Each interior design project has a story. I want to know the story behind your craft.


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