6 tools in my accessory styling kit

When we think of the essentials of a photoshoot, we often imagine the big, exciting gear: the camera, the lenses, the light, the modifiers. However, today I am sharing the unsung heroes of my kit. Here are five inexpensive but essential little kits for styling product photography photos.

Non-permanent adhesive

I use white tack on almost every photo shoot. Sometimes I’ll be working against a wall and want to quickly stick a lightweight vinyl. A few drops of tack do the job perfectly. Likewise, if I have a product like a bottle that rolls around while I’m trying to get an overhead view, a little clip on the back will stick it right into place.

Sometimes the backdrops and vinyls I use don’t lay flat because I may have rolled them up to transport them to the set. A layer of double-sided tape will instantly keep them flush with the table. There really are endless ways to use the tack on set, and I’m guaranteed to need it every time.


Tweezers are really handy for moving tricky bits around an ensemble without crushing something with your thumb and forefinger. They’re ideal for really small, subtle movements that you can’t do with your hands. If you’re working with something like jewelry and don’t want to leave ugly thumbprints, tweezers are perfect for adjusting pendants, charms, and other delicate chains.

Water mixed with vegetable glycerin

I have a few small spray bottles filled with an equal mix of water and vegetable glycerin. I use it on food photography shoots to add a shine to things like tomatoes and salad leaves, but it can be great in product photography for things like bathroom or beauty products, where you can spray the front of a jar or bottle to get that pretty, cool shine.

Makeup corners

Many elements of my product photography shoots will need a bit of support and support to manipulate height and add lift. Makeup wedges are ideal for this, and they can be wedged under jars, tubes and bottles. You can always stack a few if you need more height or cut them with scissors to make smaller, more delicate pieces for smaller items.

makeup brush

Having a vented makeup brush (which is only used for your set, not your face!) is helpful for cleaning up. If you’ve made a scattering of something small and delicate like chamomile flowers, rose petals, or other ingredients and you want to scatter them all over, use the brush with a more delicate stroke than enter with your hand or a dish towel. . It’s good to brush the scene a bit to remove distractions like cotton, thread, dust, crumbs, hair, or anything that shouldn’t be there.

Lint-free paper towels

Cleaning surfaces between shots may be necessary if the sets you are assembling are messy or if there are spills of oils, paint, crumbs or the like. Using lint-free paper towels is a great option, as you won’t be dragging small bits of fabric everywhere the camera picks up.


It’s not always the flashiest or most obvious pieces of kit that will save the day on your photo shoots. If you haven’t already, create a box or bag of these inexpensive but super useful items so that the next time you need to add a little height, a splash of water, or move something carefully, you’ll have just the tool you need. at your fingertips. I would love to know what other tools you use in your product styling work!

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