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Jo Allen

Photo of Jo and @jamie.byers

One day I’ll move far, far away and one day I’ll do big things. I know it. I won’t let myself be anything less than someone who inspires others.

Name: Jordan Tyra Allen is my full name. Most people just call me Jo. As for the photography world, everyone thinks my name is Jo because of my instagram handle (@jovisuals), so I just stick to Jo now. 🙂

Pronouns: She/Her

Do you have any events coming up?

No, but I am heading to Colorado and New Mexico with my girlfriend for Spring Break so I’ll have plenty of new content coming soon (mainly film!).

Any places we can access or see your work right now?

I usually post on instagram @jovisuals. I also have a website that I’m touching up but it’ll be back soon! If you ever want to find it, it’s linked in my instagram. I do occasionally post on my twitter as well @joallen_.

Photo by Jo
Model: @andrea.moreno

Why do you think the artistic community in Iowa is so important?

In all honesty, Iowa isn’t known for much. The community is constantly growing and I find it so exciting to see kids picking up on the art they love and realizing they can actually go somewhere with it. I use to be one of those kids and now here I am.

What do you think is important for our community to do better when it comes to supporting local artists and musicians?

Everyone wants to work with the best but the reality is, we all have to start somewhere. I am a huge advocate when it comes to working with local people. Why would you not try to help out the community? Stop focusing on the best of the best and most expensive photographers, artists, and musicians. There are plenty of young, emerging artists that do JUST as good of work for a lower price. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve redone someone’s senior photos because they hate the ones their mom made them take with some professional. SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS. PERIOD.

Photo by Jo
Model: @murielmargaret_

How can our community lift you up and support you?

By checking out my prints or booking a session with me! I have prints available on my website and I will be releasing new ones this Friday. I typically get booked for senior photos or for people who want new headshots or even goofy photos! I basically do a little bit of everything.

Describe yourself & describe your work!

Originally I was known for my use of color in photos, but that’s digitally. When it comes to my film work, the best word to describe it would be timeless. I carry a film camera on me wherever I go. You never know when there is a moment worth capturing in your day to day life. That’s why I always carry one on me. And me? I’m a little bit of everything. I’m basically a social butterfly that is stuck in a state that they don’t belong in. One day I’ll move far, far away and one day I’ll do big things. I know it. I won’t let myself be anything less than someone who inspires others.

Photo by Jo
Model: @mayaeunjin
Photo by Jo
Model: @someimespplmistakemeforagirl

Who else do you think we should lift up? Give someone/an organization a shout-out!

@sleepykiwis! They don’t live in Iowa but I have always been a big fan of their work and what they stand for!

What makes you magic (because you are!)?

My ability to fight. I’ve been handed a lot of difficult cards in my lifetime, which are not as difficult as others, but not easy ones to say the least either. I think looking back at what I’ve been able to get through (like my cancer) is what pushes me to keep creating and keep going.

Photo by Jo
Model: @reallevidejong

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