All photos by Russell Elloway
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.
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!
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.
Late August always brings a few things, but two of our favorites are the MTV VMA’s and the Primetime Emmy Awards! There’s just something about a venue full of celebrities focused entirely on fashion and entertainment that gets us looking forward to this week every year! Inspired by all of the old Hollywood glamour award shows bring to mind, photographer Melanie Rains collaborated with hair and makeup artist Phoenix and our girl Bridget Satterlee to produce this photo shoot and video that they titled, “Starlet”.
You can find this amazingly beautiful photographer behind and in front of the camera. Melanie Rains is a fashion, portrait and headshot photographer based in the Los Angeles area as well as a talented model and actress! Shooting everyone from entertainment professionals to aspiring models and everyday people- she’s young, fun, and extra talented. Check out her full portfolio here. To get your own vibrant head shots or test photos, just shoot her an email! It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not on the west coast? We got you! Bicoastal, New Orleans-based hair and makeup artist Phoenix Rose does it all. Perfecting everything from every-day maintenance to fashion photo shoots and weddings, book an appointment with Phoenix by visiting her website.
Shot on a perfectly sunny day in Malibu, California, Alex and Steve had endless space to play. There was no one around, and they got to spend hours getting the sunlight to shine through her hair just right.
We spoke to Alex for a little behind the scenes on the shoot:
Nous: How much planning went into this shoot?
Alex: This shoot was really easy for me to get ready for. Because it was outside, I knew it would be pretty low maintenance for my hair and make up. I spent a couple hours going through my closet making sure I had enough options. My entire trunk was full of clothes, so I probably over did it!
N: Are there any problems that come up when you shoot in nature?
A: The bugs. That’s it. I can handle almost anything else but the bugs, no. Other than that, I love shooting in nature! I feel very comfortable and connected when I’m outside so getting “in the mood” isn’t hard.
N: How was it shooting with Steve?
A: Steve is awesome to work with. He is very down-to-earth and low maintenance. He gave great direction that really complimented the location and was able to capture these perfect moments.
Perfection, indeed. Check out the rest of the editorial below!
Alena (@alenazubakina) got the chance to work with photographer Kat Borchart and her team of Nasty Gal veterans in a dreamy, white-on-white photoshoot. The lighting and styling is so spot on – we can’t stop staring!
Photographer Kat Borchart (@kat_borchart)
Stylist Nick Rivera (@nicholasrivera)
Hair / Makeup Brittany Sullivan (@brittsully)
We first met Taschka Turnquist when she approached us about testing our models. We instantly fell in love with her ability to photograph the girls so beautifully and uniquely.
Upon viewing Taschka’s portfolio, one can truly feel the passion and drive behind her work. Her photography is far more than a camera capturing an image but it is an experience. It’s clear as to why her recent solo art show was titled “Look but Don’t Touch“, her art is incredibly moving.
Read more as this talented young artist shares her story with us.
With artists as parents, creativity runs through your blood; can you share more about your background in the arts?
My mother was a writer and artist so it was only natural for me to follow suit. I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting, making clothes for my dolls from scratch. I’d even build doll houses out of scrap wood. I just loved to create. I became interested in Photograpy during high school but it wasn’t until after college, where I majored in fashion design, that I started shooting again. Soon photography became the focus and my career path defined itself.
What were your thoughts when you picked up your first camera?
“I can freeze time.” This is very appealing to a control freak. It’s a way to savor the moment as you like it and/or a way to memorialize something that will never be again. I was intrigued by that power and I still am all these years later.
At what point did you know you were destined to be a photographer?
“I knew I was set when I saw how people reacted to me when I would shoot them. I’m a people person despite being very much a loner. Another side of me comes out when my camera is around. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The camera does the dirty work, I’m just along for the ride.”
Describe your style in three words:
If you could work with anybody living or dead who would it be and why?
“Herb Ritts. I would love to have learned from him…and be photographed by him. It was on my bucket list. Ahh, another lifetime I suppose.”
I also heard that you had a recent art show, can you share more about that as well?
What was the name for this series and why? What was the inspiration behind this series?
“Yes, in NY I just had a solo show titled “Look but don’t touch.” I was inspired to share my intimate point
of view and muses behind it. Those little moments in between that tickle the eye. I love when I’m
shooting and I catch a breath or exhale I didn’t see coming. That’s what the show was about. The
viewer wanting to reach in and touch the subject…but it’s only a picture. So keep your hands to
Raw beauty mixed with rays of sunlight emerge from every photo story we get from Kesler Tran when he shoots our beautiful Nous Girls. We wanted to know what inspires him and his work, so we asked!
How did you get into photography?
Tran: I started out about 4 years ago, worked hard to advance my taste and direction, my growth happened through failure. Naw thats all BS, I’m just blessed to have a gift that I can share with the world through artistic visual media.
What inspires your photography?
Tran: I’m inspired by lighting and also challenging views and rich shadows are what keep me motivated.
We are obsessed with your photo shoot locations! If you could choose any location to for a shoot, where would it be?
Tran: My dream location would be a deserted Island, or a location where there is a house in the middle of the sea with glass floors where I can see dolphins swimming underneath. If that is too much to ask, I’ll settle for anything that isn’t in LA.