Beach Beauty

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In the dead of winter- is there a better way to pass the time than to dream of summer?  In your day dreaming endeavors… we’ve got the best of the best inspiration for you: a batch of some of our all-time favorite swim looks!

Alexis Ren, Allison Holton, Ashley Moore, Brianna Gilchrist, Bridget Satterlee, Britt Koth, Camryn Herold, Cat Haave, Davia Gomez, Faith Picozzi, Fo Porter, Greta Jimenez, Khloe Elkins, Maggimae, Monica Ollander, Naty Belmont, Niki Huey, Phoenix Cotner, Polina Frantsena, Sakura Heffron, Taylor Hannum, Tereza Kacerova, Wase Chief, Zeda Navarro, Beach Beauty, Bikini Body, Workout Inspo, Beach Body, Fitness Inspo, Inspo, Beach, Summer, Swimwear, Photography, Fashion Photography, Nous Models, Nous Model Management

Alexis Ren / Allison Holton / Ashley Moore / Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Britt Koth / Camryn Herold

Cat Haave / Davia Gomez / Fo Porter / Greta Jimenez / Khloe Elkins / Maggimae / Monica Ollander

Naty Belmont / Niki Huey / Phoenix Cotner / Polina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Taylor Hannum

Tereza Kacerova / Wase Chief / Zeda Navarro

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Capturing golden hour – that delicate time frame just after a sunrise or before a sunset – is not an easy feat. Fortunately, we can rely upon one of the best in the game, Steve Fan, to do it for us! Steve’s shots are among the most beautiful as they get, and his technique for lighting leaves us mesmerized. On top of that, his personality is equally as golden; our models continually rave about his down-to-earth nature and great directional advice, making him a favorite to work with.

Scroll through to see all the gorgeous looks of Alex, Bridget, Polina and Taylor as they are transformed into radiant silhouettes amongst soft meadows and edgy coastlines. Thank you, Steve for your stunning creations!

Steve Fan WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Alex Long PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Bridget Satterlee PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Polina Frantsena PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Taylor Hannum PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

Getting caught in the rain, missing a new episode of Glee, not being born a Kardashian: these are things (we’d like to think) are out of our control. Something that’s not: having a camera-ready complexion.

A healthy glow may be the last thing on your mind in the cold winter months. But if you think that wintertime gives you a free pass when it comes to the clear skin department, think again! As a model knows best, you can’t hide under a hat or behind a pair of aviators when it’s time for a photoshoot on, say, the beach. And who wants to turn down a chance to spend some time behind the lens in the sand and sun?

Our girls Sydney Schafer and Sakura looked (in the words of Queen Bey) flawless in their recent tropical shoot with one of our favorite photographer duos, Melis and Dainon. Aside from having a top-notch photography team on their side, what’s their secret? It lies in the skin care!  In the interest of shopping local, all of our featured products have been selected from LA-based spa and skincare brand, Ole Henriksen.

For a girl on the go it’s important to find products that fit easily into your routine. Since we love all of you so much, we’ve decided to give you the ultimate cheat sheet to achieving enviable skin. Start now, and come spring break, you won’t even be needing an Instagram filter to look your best.

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Starting your day off right is essential – you’ve got your O.J., your egg white omelette, and your pump up Katy Perry playlist on repeat. Add in an exfoliating face scrub to your morning routine and you’ll come to class feeling like a rockstar yourself. Our favorites are the Walnut Complexion Scrub and Rub N’ Buff Salt Scrub.

Jet Setting

A day in the life of a model is never boring; sometimes, you’ll wake up at home and be in a new time zone by dinner time. To keep travel light without having to sacrifice your skin, try throwing in the Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths, which will fit perfectly in your carry-on. When you land, spray on some refreshing Cucumber Face Mist to refresh and revitalize (and combat the jet lag).

Afternoon Pick Me Up

Move over Starbucks latte; it’s time to make room for a new afternoon essential. A face tonic is a must-have after a morning or midday workout, which oftentimes leaves our pores clogged and looking dirty. This face tonic is grease-free (score!) and will leave you feeling renewed, replenished and ready to tackle the second half of your day with ease.

Sleeping Beauty

Bedtime is the most crucial time for getting your skin in check. Unwind after a long day with a lavender body oil – a scent that has been proven to increase relaxation and improve sleep (see ya later, insomnia). Then, apply an Invigorating Overnight Treatment to do some repair work for you, while you catch some Zzzs.

 

 

Photographers – Melis and Dainon WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Sakura Heffron PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Sydney Schafer PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

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A favorite photographer among our models- and all of us here at Nous HQ- is the one and only Lucas Passmore. His photos are unmistakable: think simple, vulnerable and tastefully sexy all at the same time, which is no small achievement! A master at bringing out the strongest attributes and fierce confidence of every girl he works with, when he’s not testing you can find Lucas shooting for some of our favorite brands like Rails and Chloe Oliver or on the pages of magazines like Bisous, Angeleno, Cosmo or even Maxim!

Lucas’s funny, vibrant and energetic personality is incredibly infectious to everyone around him – ironically, it’s kind of a contrast to his sultry photography style. His ability to capture beauty in it’s most pure form continues to amaze us, so we can easily say that our obsession with Lucas isn’t ending anytime soon (but, we’re more than okay with that).

Thank you Lucas! You have taught our girls so much and provided them with valuable experience that has helped them be the successful women that they are today. We’ve seriously enjoyed the past few years of working with you, and are looking forward to many more to come.

Lucas Passmore

WEBSITE // INSTAGRAM // TUMBLR

The Models

Alana Bunte // Alex Long // Alexis Ren // Angela Highsmith // Ashley Moore // Brianna Gilchrist // Britt Koth // Cameron Richardson // Cat Haave // Davia Gomez // Fo Porter // Kirby Griffin // Lauren Johnson // Maggimae // Niki Huey // Phoenix Cotner // Polina Frantsena // Taylor Hannum // Zeda Navarro

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Here at Nous, we’re always on the lookout for new talent of all kinds. Sometimes we find them, and sometimes they find us. This summer, we were lucky enough to be approached by Yazzi Williams, a photography blogger who was in town from Australia. When it comes to a test photoshoot, Yazzi is pretty much a one stop shop! A talented photographer, makeup artist and stylist, we were so thrilled that she wanted to work with us. Bringing out soft, feminine qualities in the girls, and capturing perfect golden hour moments, her work is exactly what we were looking for. During her short stay here, we were able to coordinate eleven beautiful photoshoots. All of our girls loved her, and learned so much from the experience. Yaz, this one’s for you! Thank you so much for all of your hard work; we can’t wait until your next trip out here! Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments. To see more of her amazing work, or if you have any questions for her, check out her blog, Love Yaz Photo.

Love Yaz

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The Models

Diane Murtha // Allison Holton // Chloe Bechtol // Holly Hicks // Brianna Gilchrist // Zeda Navarro

Zelly Dugan // Caralee Ellis // Wase Chief // Maitlyn Simmons  // Selena Sloan

 

Summer may technically be ending, but that doesn’t mean that we’re tired of looking at beach photo shoots. I mean, this is California after all! We’re all about the sandy feet and salty hair. Davia (@davia_gomez) gave us an inside perspective of her shoot with German photographer, Max Motel (@maxmotel). Read all about what really went into getting these gorgeous photos below.

“3 o’clock in the afternoon I was struggling to find parking in a dirt lot at El Matador State Beach. Finally I see a tiny spot and decide to try to squeeze in my car, and to my luck that is how I met Max. He was in the car I was going to box in (oops)! A friendly guy with an accent came out of his car and said, “You must be Davia”. Right off the bat there was great energy between us. After that he helped me squeeze my car in the spot and we were ready to get shooting! I opened my trunk and we rummaged through the suitcase of clothes I had brought to the shoot. After picking what we agreed to be our favorite looks we headed down the dirt trail to the beach. You couldn’t pick a more beautiful walk looking down at clear water, white sand, and feeling a refreshing breeze.

As we approached the beach we had noticed the tide had gotten high so we had no choice but to jump in the water and start shooting right away. Shooting in the water was full of laughs as neither of us had been there or knew the extent to how rocky it was, I’m positive I couldn’t count how many times each of us tripped! Max was incredible to shoot with, super easy going and fun. It felt less like being at a shoot and more just like being at the beach with a friend. He used a disposable underwater camera with which we took candid shots playing in the waves, laughing, and splashing around the water.

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After playing in the water a bit, the tide came up too high and we had to relocate. We found a high rock that rose above the tide and climbed it. Up there it was a little chilly as the wind picked up and the sun started to set. Lucky for me I was with a nice photographer who let me shoot with a towel wrapped around me until the sun was perfect!

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Around 7 the sun had almost set, making a pink glow in the sky. So we decided for our last hour to hop back in the water and catch the light. When it all faded we walked back to our cars. I had such a fun day but how could I have not because when you live in California! Nothing beats being in the ocean, and when you’re modeling nothing beats working with a great photographer.”

Here are some of the images Davia and Max captured from their Malibu rendez-vous!

Photographer Maximilian Motel is currently based in Berlin, but tries to spend as much time as possible in Los Angeles- which he fell in love with a couple of years ago. His work consists largely of portraiture, ranging from street portraits taken in LA and NYC to fashion portraits.

To view his full portfolio, click here. To follow him on instagram, find him @maxmotel.

Follow Davia @davia_gomez, or take a look at her full portfolio here.