Photography and Brand Concept by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2018
simple . unique . stylish
ImitationKills is a clothing brand for women. The goal is to make simple designs without losing the ability to highlight one’s beauty. Like its name, the brand aims to encourage each woman to find her own style instead of purely imitating styles of others. Therefore, rarely do I promote the brand using an image that captures a whole outfit. Three main styles under this brand are Office Style, Street Style, and Night-out Style. However, each piece of design can be cross-listed and mixed together to create a different look.
I am using myself as the model and a tripod as well as a remote control for this assignment. Not being able to see and to control the image position each time during the shoot made the whole process longer and harder. Blurry images occurred because of the inability to position myself at the right focus point.
The lighting that I am using is a reading lamp that can point at a specific direction. Playing with light and shadow is one fun point during this shoot. I tried to use a flashlight but the result was too plain and flat. The reading lamp, on the other side, gave each image a richer texture and a more complex background. Since the location for this shoot was in my apartment where the space and body movement was limited, the reading lamp was in fact necessary.
In the editing part, I edited three styles in different colors. Black and white for the OL style to create a serious yet sexy mood. A warm red-yellowish filter for the street style to emphasize the energetic feeling that typically embodied in that style. Original lighting effect was used for the night-out style but a strong contrast was added to construct an ambiguous mood. The brand name was typed in bright red color and was placed at the bottom right corner of each image.
About The Author: Linda Ruan is a sophomore with Painting and Art History concentration at Bryn Mawr College. To access additional articles by Linda Ruan, go here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/linda-ruan-sexy-yet-subdued/