G’day! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Mallory Holley and I am an Aussie photographer and blogger who is passionate about the nostalgia of yesteryear.
Born into a ‘petrol-head’ family, I was named by my loving parents after car part manufacturers; ‘Mallory Ignitions’ and ‘Holley Carburettors’. Many nights as a little girl, all bathed and ready for bed, I would sneak out into the garage with my Daddy. I’d spend ages attempting to wipe all the dust off the treasure hidden in the very far corner.
That treasure was the very first model Holden, a 48-215, or more commonly known as the ‘FX’. She was such a beauty that, through the dust, cobwebs and spiders that covered her, I was ever so in love. That love grew as I grew, and evolved into everything that makes me today.
I adore dressing like a retro barbie doll in corsets, wiggle dresses and swinging skirts, bright red lipstick and mega high heels (or cowboy boots). I love makeup, music, vintage fashion and hoarding all things vintage in general.
I am obsessed with pink Cadillacs, Corvettes flamingos, pigs, horses, film cameras and barbie dolls. I also love classic and muscle cars, hotrods, ramrods and trucks. Unsurprisingly, I drive a 1955 FJ Holden sedan and a 1979 HZ Holden ute and have accumulated a collection of project cars, which are apparently breeding!
I certainly live, breathe, wear, drive, write about and photograph the nostalgia of yesteryear. My passions underlie what I photograph and recreate in my art, although photography seems to be my natural instinct. I have always loved being creative in my drawings, paintings, songs, stories or in the way I dress, however, photography has always been my favourite medium.
I have had a camera in my hands since I can remember! In fact, when I was a child, I’d save up all my pocket money to pay for film (and developing) for my little 35mm Kodak that had as many functions as a disposable film camera. I would then dress up the dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens or ponies in whatever I found as a suitable fit. I would even do their makeup, usually with coloured zinc cream, style their hair and create little glamour shoots with my pets. Often my mother would find the odd few photos on her film rolls here and there, when I had mischievously ‘borrowed’ her camera. She has a Cannon, which was usually deemed to be sacred, yet it was much more exciting and appealing to use than my own.
I am a lot older than that now and offer a much more professional service, I
assure you! Although I still photograph animals,whether pets or Aussie wildlife, I don’t usually dress them up in barbie clothes (or my mother’s clothes and table cloths) anymore.
These days, I enjoy helping to promote businesses with commercial photography, photographing babies, children, couples and of course, transforming women into a pinup model for the day.
I greatly admire Bunny Yeager, Betty Page, Marilyn Monroe and pin-up art created by Gil Elvgren and Pearl Frush, which inspire a lot of my work. I enjoy helping my clients look and feel beautiful and proving that anyone can be a pinup model, no matter what age they are, or what number is written on the label in their dress.
Although I studied a Bachelor of Laws at university, I also had a taste of many amazing photography electives within my degree. When my partner, knowing me too well, suggested that I pursue a career in photography, I wisely took his advice and never looked back!
With my love for helping people to feel great and capturing memories in the form of unique photographs for them to cherish forever, I decided to live my dream. It was then that Mallory Holley Studios was created.
Oh and by the way… I love to share my kustom kulture lifestyle, including my love for pinups, old-skool cars and everything vintage on my High Heels & Whitewall Wheels blog which I started back in 2011.You can read about my blog HERE and even get a FREE SUBSCRIPTION to it, if you like! I hope to inspire and encourage others who share my passions. Xo