Catalog Photo Shoot: Day 4!

It’s our final day of catalog photo shoot! We have two fabulous models on set today: Mia and Alexis. You may recognize them from our catalog cover last year. This is the third year in a row that they’ve been on set together, and they were very excited to be reunited this morning. Both girls are positive balls of energy, and there have been nothing but smiles all morning! It was fun watching them together, and they were always so excited to put on a new dress. And my gosh do they look fabulous in every single thing they wear! We can’t wait for later today when we get to shoot the catalog cover with these incredible youg

Mia (left) and Alexis (right) have been on set together for three years in a row. They are fabulous individuals, but they make a star-quality team of models. We are so happy to have them with us for our final day!

Name: Alexis Edgerson

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN 

Favorite pizza topping: pepperoni 

Favorite hobby: Ultimate Frisbee and music performance

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

Um, I don’t know! The fun! And the sparkles. And the music. The accomplishing feeling of looking good.

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

The cover dress!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a freshman at Purdue University studying to be a physician’s assistant. I’m in jazz band, and I play tenor and soprano sax. Also, I don’t like being alone… so I’m always hanging out with people!

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I can belly dance with my tongue.

Name: Mia Kaehler

Hometown: Zionsville, IN 

Favorite pizza topping: cheese

Favorite hobby: I like to cook! 

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

Oh, I don’t know! Just wearing all the sparkly dresses. Reliving my show choir days!

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

There are so many… But I like the mermaid-looking fabric, and the black and white one with a high neck!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a sophomore at Butler University in the physician’s assistant program. I’m a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and I’m in a women’s a capella group called Freshly Brewed. 

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I can burp my ABCs. I’ve been able to do it since I was in second grade.

Today was a BLAST on set! Mia and Alexis were so much fun to work with, and we can’t wait to show off all the beautiful garments they modeled today. When the catalog is mailed out, we’ll be posting more behind-the-scenes photos from this week. We don’t want to reveal all the glamour just yet… so stay tuned for a fabulous catalog. This year’s fabrics are some of our favorites that Rivar’s has ever sold. All that’s left to say is… that’s a wrap!

Catalog Photo Shoot: Day 3!

After a day off from the photo shoot, we’re ready to get started! Today and tomorrow are HUGE days on set. We have our girls with the most dresses on these two days, and we can’t wait to see the garments under lights. For each model profile, I’ve been asking the models what their favorite garment is, and I have a feeling the next few days will bring some difficult decisions on that front. Today, we have four people coming in: Rachel Berry (a new model), Molly O’Connor (her fifth year!), and a sibling duo, Sierra and Trasan Combs, who will be our middle school models. We’re looking forward to a busy and glamour-filled day!

Brenda works magic with hair and makeup! She gives our models fabulous faces so you can see what your Rivar’s dresses will look like on stage. And Tara, our sales director, knows how to spin, so she gave Rachel some twirling lessons this morning before we got started!

Name: Rachel Berry

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Favorite pizza topping: Cheese

Favorite hobby: I work with Special Olympics, and that’s my favorite thing in the world. 

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

I love hair and makeup because I love glam… and I love the dresses! And being in front of a camera! I love everything!

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a senior at Carmel High School. I do pageants! I like to play piano and sing, and I also work at church.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I know every word of the Elf movie.

She’s had a couple Miss Indiana titles (UNM Miss Indiana Teen, Miss Indiana American Teen), but she’s too sweet and humble to talk about it! So I will!

Name: Molly O’Connor

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Favorite pizza topping: extra cheese

Favorite hobby: During the school year, I really like sleeping. During the summer, I watch a lot of Grey’s Anatomy.

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

I think the process is fun. I look forward to getting to wear all the cute outfits, and I always kind of embarrass myself, and we all laugh!

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

I really like fuschia panel dress and the turquoise empire dress in that same fabric!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a senior at Carmel High School. I’m very involved with the Carmel Ambassadors show choir, and when my life is not being taken over by show choir, I’m very involved with DECA. I’m either studying business administration or marketing at Ball State next year.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I have two different ears because when I was getting ready for a choir concert, a girl burned my ear with a flat iron, and the skin never grew back the same.

Name: Sierra Combs

Hometown: Fishers, IN

Favorite pizza topping: pepperoni

Favorite hobby: I like to annoy my brother, and I like to draw, and I like to run, and I like to hang out with my friends! I also like to roller skate!

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

Trying on all the dresses… again!

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

Purple showstopper babydot dress because it’s soft!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m in fifth grade at Sand Creek Intermediate. I’m in show choir, I’m on Student Council, and I also do Girl Scouts.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I can make many faces.

Name: Trasan Combs

Hometown: Fishers, IN 

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni and Sausage

Favorite hobby: Reading

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

Wearing the fancy clothes.

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

The bowtie and suspenders!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m in seventh grade at Fishers Junior High. I’m either reading or playing the baritone tuba. I also do parkour classes on the weekends.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I’m afraid of heights. I can also flip my eyelids.

Energy is HIGH on set this afternoon! We’ve got Molly for the fifth year in a row (in the left photo with Tara and Jessamyn), and we’ve got a sibling duo as our junior models. Can you tell they’re related…? There are so many gorgeous garments in photos today, but a lot of them are a secret until the catalog is finished. We can’t wait to share all the new fabrics and styles with you!

Today was a full and FABULOUS day! We are looking forward to our final day of photos tomorrow!

Catalog Photo Shoot: Day 2!

It’s an exciting day on the set today. We’ve got our first female show choir model, Katelin, in the chair for hair and makeup. This is her second year as a Rivar’s model, and she is excited to be back again this year. Danny, one of our younger male models, is the other model on the schedule today, and he is also a returning model. We’re looking forward to a full day of fun and photography!

Name: Katelin Maradol

Hometown: Micronesia, but I live in Indianapolis, IN now

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni

Favorite hobby: I really like to draw and read when it’s raining outside.

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

It was a lot of fun last year, so I’m looking forward to having just as much fun and having a new experience this year.

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

I like the black and silver-sequin dress with the red skirt! It’s definitely my favorite.

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a sophomore at Park Tudor High School. I’m always either with friends or at home relaxing with my mom and my cat! 

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I won a goldfish at the State Fair two and half years ago, and he’s still alive.

Name: Danny O’Connor 

Hometown: Union, KY but now I live in Carmel, IN 

Favorite pizza topping: cheese

Favorite hobby: sleeping

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

To look good. I guess that’s the whole point anyway!

Day 2 was a shorter day than anticipated, but we are so excited about the outfits (and the wonderful models) from today. Check back tomorrow for more fun updates from the Rivar’s catalog photo shoot!

Catalog Photo Shoot: Day 1!

We’re so excited for the catalog photo shoot this week! We’ll be sharing blog posts EVERY day this week with model profiles and behind-the-scenes photos and updates. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates in real time. We’re excited to share this experience with you!

Kalob was first up for hair and makeup this morning. Our makeup and hair artist, Brenda, has been working with Rivar’s for more than ten years. We couldn’t do this without her!

One of our design team members, Kristen, was with us all day at the photo shoot. She was trimming threads and making last minute touch-ups to the outfits. She had to iron out a few last wrinkles before Devan’s first photo.

Name: Kalob Gossett

Hometown: Muncie, IN

Favorite pizza topping: California Pizza Kitchen with avocado, spinach, tomatoes, bacon

Favorite hobby: anything involving other people

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

Getting to see the new clothes and dress all fancy! Oh, and bowties. I’m partial to bowties.

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

Black blazer with the leather lapels, white dress shirt, and black sequin bowtie. Classic.

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I work full-time, long-term care and physician recruitment assistant at Suburban Health Organization, and I’m getting my masters in health administration at IUPUI.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I’ve never met anyone that spells their name like me. And I like to eat olives and ice cream together. Not on each other! But simultaneously.

Name: Devan Mackellar

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Favorite pizza topping: pineapple

Favorite hobby: playing hockey

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

Seeing myself in a catalog!

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

Navy suit and gold sequin tie!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a senior at Lawrence North High School. I golf a lot, and I play hockey. I’m going to Indiana University next year, but I’m not sure what I’m going to study yet.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I’ve played hockey since I was three. Oh, and when I was 10, I made a YouTube video, and it has over 300,000 views.

Name: Rose Wang

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni

Favorite hobby: I like to read, and draw, and dance.

What are you most looking forward to about the catalog photo shoot?

The makeup and the hair! It’s really interesting!

What’s your favorite outfit you get to wear for the catalog?

The black dress with the ruffles on top. That was really cute!

When you’re not gracing the pages of the Rivar’s catalog, what do you do?

I’m a freshman at Carmel High School. I read a lot of mysteries, and I also like funny stories. And I’m in show choir at the high school.

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I’ve taken painting lessons for ten years.

Today was a blast! We can’t wait for the rest of the week. See you tomorrow for more behind-the-scenes fun!