Today we’d like to introduce you to Parker and Riley Halliday.
Parker and Riley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Art came into our lives subconsciously, there was no set moment in time when we were aware of the fact that we had a desire to create. Even after being gifted a flip-video camera for Christmas and creating endless sketches and short ‘horror films’ on the palm-sized camera, we still did not recognize what we were making was art.
Looking back, the flip-video, amongst dressing like 80’s children’s star “Punky Brewster, pushed our creativity and made us constantly think in a way a lot of kids our age were not. Those sketches and shorts and occasional music videos were all made in our home with our wardrobes and our friends, as well as ourselves as the cast. Today we still shoot photos and videos in our childhood-home-garage. We style models with our personal wardrobe.
The most important lesson we have learned (and thanks to pretty cool parents) is to work with what you’ve got. The flip-video remains in our lives and is honestly a preferred camera over some others. If we knew we were making art on our flip-video, if we were pushed by our parents or teachers to write out perfect scripts, or to perfect the acting in our videos, we wouldn’t be the artists we are today.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Art has not, and most likely will never be a smooth road, and that’s ok. We started putting our art on the internet around freshman year of high school. Putting your work online as young artists is often challenging because there is a pressure to get a certain number of likes, and to keep up with trends in order to obtain those likes. It has taken us a while to realize that having a lot of social media followers does not always equal success.
Please tell us about The Halliday Twins.
The Halliday Twins, in business terms, is very casual. We’re just two sisters taking pictures in our garage. We don’t enjoy money talk and hate to charge for our time spent with models, as many of them are friends and fellow creatives.
What we pride ourselves in is less our ability to use cameras, and more our desire to tell stories. We shy away from anything like event photography or rigged studio shoots, as we do not like being paid to be photographers, rather we enjoy being appreciated as creators.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
It’s hard to pick one, but our favorite childhood memory was an elaborate and impossible room design. We grew up in an ever-changing house (appearance-wise). Sometimes our dining room was upstairs, the next month it was downstairs. We were allowed to rearrange our room as we pleased, this meant moving the bed or the desk, it did not include our plan to turn our room into an actual beach.
The blueprint consisted of a floor of sand complete with a bridge and a pond. The extent of our interior decorating was a bucket of colored sand and water, which we quickly hid in our closet for weeks. This is one of our favorite memories cause it was a time of spontaneous adolescence, a time of endless creativity with no limits. We visualized something in our minds and made it a reality (or tried to at least), which is something we continue to emulate in our art today.