Allen Family

       MY STORY

Everyone has a story. The best part of my job is that I get to capture YOURS. To freeze it in time so one day when your story has grown past late night feedings and potty training or carpool and swim team you can look at these moments and smile. You will remember the way their fat little feet felt in your hand and how their arms wrapped around you. You will remember reading to them and helping with homework and dancing in the kitchen. I love photography. I can’t live without it. I see light and moments and stories everywhere. Being able to pick up my camera to capture it all is my passion. Fresh Art is about taking my passion and capturing you. Your stories. Who you are. Who you love. Telling your stories through photographs. Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. 


Jodie Allen | Premiere St. Louis Photographer

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Every year gets better. I get to capture newborns almost every week which means I get to hang out with new parents often. If I could say just one thing to them it would be this – it just keeps getting better. We have 2 teenagers in our house with one away at college and I can tell you that it’s loud and busy and chaotic and sometimes tough but there hasn’t been one year of parenting I haven’t loved. It’s just different and while I miss those babies and I miss the golden years I also really love the phase of life we’re in now. Teens are INCREDIBLE so don’t be scared of them! 


We are an outside family. Chris is a full time D1 college soccer coach and my kids all play various sports as well. One day I’m going to add up my time on the sidelines cheering them on because that number will be super impressive. We hike all winter and swim all summer. We love our extended family and have incredible friends. Our neighborhood is the best. The five of us share one bathroom and so many times we just have to laugh as we tell our kids (and convince ourselves) that small houses are best. Movie nights are my favorite when we snuggle up together under old quilts. And dancing in the kitchen. I don’t like to cook, so dancing is what happens in there the most!


Fresh Art Photography is my full-time job and takes up a lot of my time. My kids are used to spending nights in the studio if I have a session to set-up for or seeing me blurry eyed after a late night of editing. They don’t always get to come first and after 16 years in business I think that’s ok. I’m proud that they are watching me live out my dreams! I’m glad they see how hard I work. And somehow, after all of these years, they don’t totally cringe when I take out my camera to capture them! HA! Photography is my passion and I am so blessed that it’s also my job.


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I mix personal with business – it’s who I am.




We are working through the book “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of St. Louis” and spend many winter days on a trail.


Chris coaches at St. Louis University and all three kids play soccer (club, high school and now college!) – a huge part of my life is spent cheering them all on!


Born and raised here we go out of our way to explore the city with our kids!