Summer

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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.

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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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This article is reposted from Nylon.com.

The first time we watched MINKPINK’s Spring 2015 campaign video, we were too preoccupied by the graphic coverups and swim suits (still can’t get over that shark-printed bikini) to give the storyline the attention it deserved. So we watched it again (and again and again) and totally got swept up by The Beaches’ riotous soundtrack and the pure badass-ness of MINKPINK mega babes Taylor Hannum and Kamilla Alnes. While we were totally into the girl powerness of it all, we couldn’t help but fixate on the super incredible water aerobics instructor. We wanted to know more—like where did he get his moves and what were his thoughts on the whole Glam-ma showdown?

As luck would have it, MINKPINK had another video up their sleeve: one that focuses completely on said instructor, whose name just so happens to be Theyoncé. Watch the short clip below to learn more.

 

Take a look at Taylor’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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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.

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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

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If there’s one brand where we’re pretty much obsessed with everything they do: it’s MINKPINK. First things first, it’s an Aussie-born brand and we’re digging everything that’s been coming out of Australia recently. It’s all fresh, fun, and most importantly- vibrant! They run with the tagline “Be brave and free”, which we’re planning on heaving henna tattooed on the next time we find ourselves in Venice Beach. Chloe Norgaard is on their design team; no explanation necessary there. Love! Their tweets are out of this world funny, if you’re not already following them, do yourself a favor and do it now. You can find them in the trendiest stores all over the world, from Urban Outfitters and Nastygal to Pacsun and Nordstrom, so you can always find some MINKPINK close by or at the click of a button. Lastly (and right now most importantly) they chose our girl Taylor Hannum to be a part of their video for the 2015 Swim collection, and it is purely AWESOME. It’s exactly what we needed to get us through this week’s case of the Mondaze.

So check out their video and then scroll through a super fun gallery of images we snagged off their inspo board on Tumblr. If you love them as much as we do, click through the individual pieces to get your hands on them.

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Last week something super exciting happened: We had our first in-house casting in the Nous Fashion Den with our dear friends at Swell! As California girls, we can’t get enough of their huge selection of clothing and accessories for a surf-oriented lifestyle. I mean, we don’t actually surf or anything, but that doesn’t stop us from heading to Swell whenever we need to up our beach-attire game!  Plus, they update their collection daily, which is an absolute must for true shop-aholics like us.

Part of the functionality of our new space is to be able to provide next-level services for our beloved clients, including in-house photoshoots and castings.  Nous Fashion Den castings in particular are designed to be both a convenient and luxe experience for our clients.

As you can see here, the process begins with all of the girls gathered in our open call area.

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One by one, they head into the next room for some one-on-one time with the client. In this case, the lovely Dana Wimberly from Swell‘s core team was there to greet the girls and get to know them a little better.  Dana sat casually on our pretty little couch (complete with sparkly authentic Moroccan textiles that we just can’t get enough of) and interviewed each girl.  From the same seat, she also had an unobstructed view of the studio area, so she could watch the girls model after speaking with them. Our Art Department Director and in-house photographer Ashley was right there to have the girls do a mock-ecomm shoot so that Dana could sit back, relax, and watch them do their thing. Fabulous!

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When building the studio space, we brought in the expert opinion of one of our favorite photographers, Ed McGowan, to help us get the lighting just right.  He did a fantastic job, look at how perfect these casting photos of the girls come out!  Of course, for ultra-convenience, we made sure to give Dana a thumb drive with all of the images to take with her back to Swell HQ.

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Thanks Swell, for testing out our new space with us!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Go check out our Women’s Board to see the girls’ full portfolios.

To cast with Nous Model Management in our new space, email the details of your shoot to bookings@nousmodels.com!

 

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Zeda is a textbook free-spirited, whimsical, go-with-the-flow kind of soul child. You could imagine, she’s no stranger to the festival circuit. She’s full of energy and loves a good beat. She is all over the music scene, so we asked her to share some her favorites with us.

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Favorite Band: Nirvana all day, every day.

Favorite Genre: Deep house if I’m dancing, but rock and roll if I’m jamming along.

First Concert: The Offspring at the 2010 Warped Tour, I was only ten.

Best Festival This Season: Desert Hearts for sure!

Why’s that?: Because, duh! You get to wear crazy clothes, and dance the night away in the middle of nowhere.

Song I Could Listen to on Repeat: Definitely “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash.

Do you play?: Nah no instruments, but I do sing.

 

Check out Zeda’s playlist of her favorite songs that wrap up summer!

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A brand inspired by L.A. lifestyle, Brandy Melville gained its fame among Hollywood celebrities, including The Kardashians, Ashley Benson, Audrina Patridge, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Karlie Kloss and many others.

The ‘Brandy Girl’ is the definition of classic character standing out in the crowd, she is refined and fashionable yet relaxed. The typical Brandy Girl is feminine with an urban twist, young at heart, active, tough, stylish, and chic in an effortless way.

Nous model Naty Belmont has been a tried-and-true Brandy Girl since she first signed with Nous Models. It’s an opportunity that millions of girls would dream of getting. We asked Naty to tell us a bit more about being a Brandy girl. 

“The first time I ever worked with Brandy Melville was May of 2013. It wasn’t just my first time working with Brandy but my first time ever working as a model just in general- so I was very nervous to say the least! The whole team was so sweet and easy to get along with, I remember not ever wanting to leave. Being 14 at the time they all treated me like their little sister. The team at BM is like one big happy family.

Now that it’s been a year and a half I can definitely say it’s just like hanging out with family on set. We get so much work accomplished but we have such a fun time doing it. I don’t only get to work with a dream team, but I also get to represent such an amazing brand!!”

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Natalie and two other Brandy girls traveling to shoot on location with photographer Anastasia Krivosheeva (left) and BM creative mastermind Gina Tomasino (right).

“The thing I love most about being a Brandy Girl is the opportunity to be a role model to younger girls; it’s always so crazy hearing from girls saying they look up to me. This brand is known, worn and loved by girls like me from all around the world and being able to represent them and their style is such a huge blessing. It honestly still blows my mind thinking about it.

My room is totally filled with Brandy Melville clothes. The collection is comfy, soft, practical and of course SO cute. I love wearing BM clothes in my everyday life. My older sister and Mom wear it too, so I know I’ll be able to keep Brandy as a part of my wardrobe for a long time to come.”

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Brandy Melville is known for loose fitting off-shoulder tees, soft angora sweaters, flowy dresses, and mini skirts. Women of every age can find something at Brandy Melville to fit their style, closet and budget.

Want to look like a Brandy Girl? Get the quintessential Brandy look as modeled by Naty on BrandyMelville.com. 

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To see more of Naty’s adventures with the Brandy Melville gang, check her out on Instagram @natalieelisee.

Many of the pictures in this post were taken by the fantastic Willow Greene. Follow her on Instagram at @moody_mind and tumblr

 

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.

 

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It’s a hot, hot summer and the struggle is real to keep a girl’s hair looking fresh. Hair Stylist Cantrell Mitchell teams up with our model Maggimae (@maggimae_) to show us a refreshing take on the braid trend to beat the summer heat. Check out the tutorial video below!

 

Easy, gorgeous, and so chic! Here’s a closer look at the final product:

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Follow the team on Instagram!

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Maggimae @maggimae_

Cantrell Mitchell @hairscantrell