Skip to Content

Equipment I Use to Create Influencer Reels and TikTok Videos

Equipment I Use to Create Influencer Reels and TikTok Videos
Reading Time: 6 minutes

Updated: 3/5/2024 | Equipment I Use to Create Influencer Reels and TikTok Videos

I get tons of questions on what I use to create my videos for Instagram and Tiktok. Here is my blog post detailing the gear I use whenever I am capturing content.

I try to keep the equipment I carry around to a minimum. It’s best to assess the environment beforehand to decide which gear to bring. 

Things I look for typically include the following:

  • Adequate Natural Lighting – Think about the time of day and if you’ll be needing additional lighting. If you’re filming in a dimly lit space or in the evening, you’ll definitely need a light source. This can be a ring light, selfie light, or box light
  • Restaurant Layout – Ask to be seated in a spot that has plenty of light (natural or artificial) and is typically away from paying customers. You do not want to disrupt their dining experience.
  • What type of content I am filming – What I am filming matters! This will help me determine the gear I need to bring with me. My fashion videos are filmed very differently from my food review videos.

Below is a list of items I use to create my food, fashion, and lifestyle reels on both Instagram and TikTok.

Shop This Post


Equipment I Use to Create My Reels and TikTok Videos

#1 An Apple iPhone

best settings for iphone video recording in high quality

I currently use an iPhone 14 Pro to capture all my content. I typically update my phone with every other release. 

It’s also important to learn how to effectively capture videos and images using your mobile phone.

Check out our guide on how to take amazing mobile phone photography to learn more.

#2 A Phone Case with the MagSafe Feature

Popsockets mushroom phone case and smiley face grip schimiggy

Popsockets are my favorite!

A MagSafe is a series of magnets placed around the back of an iPhone (12 and newer). The internal coil allows it to connect with compatible accessories, mainly to charge. The MagSafe can also be compatible with other accessories such as a tripod or hands-free car dock.

While iPhones (models 12 and newer) have a built-in MagSafe feature, it’s best to also get a phone case that has it too! There are so many gadgets that work with your MagSafe. We’ll share our best finds throughout the article.

The BEST phone cases with MagSafe can be bought at:


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Alex Tran – Seattle Photographer (

#3 A LED Selfie Light Source

Newmowa LED rechargeable light

LED Selkie Light

I use this LED selfie light by Neewer. It’s lightweight, compact, and keeps a charge for a very long time. I use it for most of my reels and videos in situations where there is very low light.

It has both a clip and a mount for your mobile device and is rechargeable via a USB to USB-C cable.

I keep it in my handbag at all times. You never know when you’ll need to bring out the light! #everythingiscontent

UPDATE: I recently found this selfie light and highly recommend it!

#4 A Joby Handypod Mini Tripod

blogger joby tripod set up schimiggy

Joby Handypod Mini Tripod

This is my favorite compact mini tripod for creating content within any setting! It has a quick-release swivel joint that allows me to capture content from any angle.

It’s also compact enough for me to carry in most of my handbags and backpack.

And if you need something even more compact, check out this pixi version

#5 A Magnetic Tripod Mount

The Ulanzi magnetic tripod mount attaches to my iPhone. It also connects to any tripod and it’s compact enough to keep in my bag.

I typically keep my magnetic tripod mount attached to my Joby Handypod.

#6 Compact Action Tripod

When I need a larger tripod, I use the Manfrotto or Joby Compact Action Tripod. It’s lightweight enough to travel with and is versatile when it comes to attaching all my gear to it.

I love this tripod because it fits in my BÉIS carry-on suitcase and is great for travel.

Related: BÉIS Carry on Suitcase Review + $15 off!

#7 Extra Power Banks

I don’t know HOW MANY TIMES (it was lots) power banks have saved my ass for content creation. They’re especially helpful when I have 2 to 4 content creation sessions in a day and can’t find the time to juice up my phone! 

There are a few options I use:

And if you love going to music festivals, you’ll definitely need a power bank. You can thank me later!

Use code SCHIMIGGY for a discount at Clutch.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Alex – Travel Food Fashion Photography🌻🌎 (@schimiggy)

#8 Suction Wall and Mirror Phone Mount

phone suction wall mount for mobile phone

This puck-sized wall suction phone mount is a lifesaver! When I am without my content creation tools, this one helps me take photos with only a wall and my phone!

It works really well on mirrors and flat, smooth, and clean surfaces. It’s definitely worth the investment! It’s also super compact so you can take it anywhere!

#9 Mini Lazy Suzan

If you’re a food influencer, you gotta check out this mini lazy Susan. A lazy susan allows you to place ANY plate on it and rotate it. 

I have multiple of these lazy Susans so that I can rotate many plates at once!

#10 Skincare + Make Up

As a person who doesn’t wear makeup often, I always have eyeliner, blush, and lipstick in my bag just in case. Before arriving at my collaborations, I also follow a simple skincare routine that produces a dewy and refreshed look with very minimal makeup.

I use just a little bit of makeup to look “alive” on camera. 

My eyeliner of choice is Stila and a neutral matte lipstick from MAC. I add some blush and draw my eyebrows if I have extra time. And I use Lifeline Skincare to get dewy and refreshed skin.

Pro Tip: Use your mobile phone camera and tripod as a “mirror” to put on your makeup wherever you are.

Shop My Makeup and Skincare Picks

#11 A Good Travel Backpack!

lululemon City Adventurer Backpack in True Navy

lululemon City Adventurer Backpack

I LOVE the City Adventurer backpack by lululemon. It has many compartments, is lightweight, and comes in many colors and even two sizes!

As a travel blogger, I find the 20L backpack has more than enough room for my gear and travel essentials. It also has a trolley strap to attach to your suitcase.

Shop This Post


I hope you found my blog post on the gear I use to create collaboration videos helpful. 

As a photographer, I use entirely different equipment. Visit my camera equipment blog post to learn about the equipment I use to professionally capture photos.

Thank you for visiting today! If you found this encouraging or informative, please connect with us on Instagram or TikTok.

alex tran schimiggy signature

Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates and more. We promise we won't spam you! Feel free to unsubscribe anytime.

If you're a brand and want to work with us, please visit this page to get in touch.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.