Free Headshots for Serendipity Members

Provided by Angled Light Photography

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Hey Serendipity Member!

My name is Nathan Whitworth, owner of Angled Light Photography - Greenville’s fastest growing wedding and portrait photography studio located right here in Serendipity!

I wanted to find a way to give back to our community here that’s allowed my business to grow beyond my wildest dreams. After talking with a lot of business owners around me I realized there is a huge need for professional headshots.

I'm happy to help your business get some great images of your team members. Please be sure to click the link above or below to reserve your spot for free headshots and also look over the quick tips and information about your session below.

Let me know if you have any questions! You can reach me by email here.


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Tips on How to Prepare for your Headshot Session.

1. Clothes

Clothing is a form of expression and the clothes that you pick to wear will reflect your personality in the images. My best piece of advice when choosing clothes is the simpler the better.

  • Solid colors look great in headshots.

  • If going with a pattern keep it simple.

  • Start with a simple shirt or blouse and slowly add layers.

  • Bring a few changes of clothes to the shoot.

  • Make sure that ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot.

  • Bring a lint brush or roller with you.

  • Don’t worry about shoes if just shooting headshots. Be comfortable.

2. Hair

  • Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm fly-aways.

  • Start with your hair down and towards the end of the shoot you may put it up in a ponytail for a more casual look.

  • If you can afford it hire a hair stylist for the morning of the shoot.

3. Makeup and Face

  • Start natural. Just enough to cover up any blemishes.

  • Build up the makeup as you go. Add eyeshadow and darker lipstick later in the shoot.

  • Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.

  • Bring your makeup and moisturizer with you to the shoot in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.

  • Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.

  • The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.

  • Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin can look very irritated.

  • Get rid of any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot. Clean up brows and upper lip hair.

  • FOR MEN. Shave right before you leave for a shoot. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.

  • Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the shoot. The studio lights can get pretty hot. Some great sheets are the Clean and Clear: Oil Absorbing Sheets. You can find them at any Wal-mart or local drug store.

  • Bring eyedrops with you if needed.

  • If you can afford it, hire a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you during the shoot for touchups.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

  • Before the shoot look at your face in the mirror and see what side you like better. Everyone has a good side, find yours. Remember though, a mirror will flip your face and the camera won’t so the images might look a little different than you were expecting.

  • If you have one eye that is visibly smaller than the other bring the side of your face with the smaller eye towards the camera. It will help reduce the difference between the two.

  • Try different expressions in the mirror. Do you look better stoic or perky? A good photographer will get different expressions from you during the shoot.

5. During the Shoot

  • Follow the photographer’s direction. Even if it sounds a little silly. We know the best posing on headshots and the best way to shape your face. You may feel a little funny posing differently, but trust me the photos will look great.

  • Relax a little. Headshot sessions should be fun. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down.

  • Don’t force your smile. It will look awkward in the images and your cheeks will be sore after the shoot. A good tip is to leave a little space between your teeth when smiling, enough to put the tip of your pinky in between. Your smile will look more genuine.

  • Squint, Squint, Squint!!! Squinting your eyes just a little will also help the shots look more confident and natural. The deer in headlights look is pretty horrible.

  • Relax after a few shots and take a breather.

Important Info on What to Expect

  1. Price

    The headshot is totally free - no strings attached! I’ve dedicated a day to getting professional shots for the membership here at Serendipity as a thank you. Please know that retouching is not included. If you would like to have professional retouching to remove blemishes, wrinkles, dark circles, etc. it can be done for a fee because of the extra time involved. Feel free to inquire about it during your session.

  2. Who is eligible for the free headshot?

    Any member here at Serendipity Labs. That includes business owners and their employees who are also members here.

  3. Image Selection

    At the end of the session you will be able to choose which image you prefer to be delivered from the TV screen. 1 image will be delivered free of charge.

  4. Delivery

    Within a few days an online gallery will be emailed to everyone who participated in the free headshot sessions. You will be able to download your high resolution image from that gallery along with the print release that allows your business to use that image however you would like. Photo credit is appreciated but not required at all.

  5. Session Length

    Each session is a quick and easy 15 minutes including image selection. Because of the short nature of each session please arrive a few minutes early to ensure we get started on time!

Have additional questions?

Tips used with permission from Rebecca Britt. You can find more info here.