Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer and the author of two cookbooks; Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona and Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts.
She cooks, styles and photographs food in her natural-light studio and documents food & travel on location. Her popular food photography and recipe blog, Jackie’s Happy Plate, showcases her culinary adventures as a Midwesterner transplanted to the Sonoran Desert. She is especially interested in experimenting with regional culinary influences while exploring food history and culture, and the emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship that people have with food and drink. Food lends itself to vast symbolism and interpretation and she loves the rituals surrounding it. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Alpers writes and photographs articles for the FoodNetwork.com and also contributes recipes and photography to Refinery29, Random House’s Tastebook, TheKitchn, TodayFood, Real Simple, National Geographic and Edible Baja Arizona Magazine among others. She has been featured in articles for Reader’s Digest, CNN, Good Morning America, The New York Times & NPR. Her food blog, Jackie’s Happy Plate has been featured in numerous online publications including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Glamour, Better Homes and Gardens, MSN, Brit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food.
Her editorial and advertising photography clients include: Random House, Knopf, Simon & Schuster, The Globe Pequot Press, Quirk Books, Sterling Publishing, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Arizona Tourism, Loews Hotels, NBC/Universal, Epicurious.com, AARP Magazine and The U.S. White House. Her book project, Angry Birds; Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes, won “Best First Cookbook in the World” at the 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards. The Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes app, released in October, 2012, which she photographed and edited, is the best selling cookbook app in the USA, China and numerous other countries.
She is the recipient of numerous awards from American Photography, The Photographer’s Master Cup, ASMP and the International Photography Awards (Lucie’s). In 2004 she received the the Black & White Spider Award’s, Merit of Excellence, and in 2001 was awarded a bronze medal from the London Photographic Awards.
To contact Jackie for commercial assignment bookings, please email: Jackie@jackiealpers.com or call 520-465-5214.
View her editorial, advertising and fine art photography portfolio at her official website.
She is also an experienced educator who speaks on industry related topics at workshops and universities.
2021: American Photography 37 – Food photography from the Taste of Tucson Cookbook
2020: West Margin Press – Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona – Author and photographer
2013-2021: Food Network – Contributing writer, recipe developer, photographer and video producer
2014-2021: Refinery29 – Contributing food photographer, writer and recipe developer
2014-2018: Random House’s Tastebook – Contributing writer, recipe developer and photographer
2014-2018: Edible Baja Arizona Magazine – Contributing writer and photographer
2014-2019: TheKitchn – Contributing writer, recipe developer and photographer
2016: National Geographic – Great American Eating Experiences: Local Specialties, Favorite Restaurants, Food Festivals, Diners, Roadside Stands and More; contributing photographer
2014: Glamour Magazine – Contributor, food photography and recipe development
2013-2014: iVillage/Today Food – Contributing writer and photographer
2013: Quirk Books: Sprinkles!: Recipes & Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts – Author & Photographer
2013 foodprint 1113: European Annual of Gastronomy
2013- 2012: Rovio Entertainment: Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes Cookbook app – Photographer & Production Editor (Bestselling Cookbook App in the USA and China)
2013: Broadway & Thresher Magazine – Contributing Editor, Food & Drink
2012: Reader’s Digest – “Top Photographers Choose the Pictures That Make Them Happy
2012: Good Morning America –“Decadent Foods From Across the USA”
2012 foodprint 1112: European Annual of Gastronomy
2012: Tucson Official Visitors Guide
2011: Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes, hardcover edition – Production Editor (Winner “Best First Cookbook in the World” at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards)
2011: Phoenix Official Visitors Guide
2010: Tag Magazine #2, The Body Issue
2010: The Official Arizona State Visitor’s Guide
2010: Globe Pequot Press – Mexican Cooking, photographer
2010: Globe Pequot Press – The Calorie Counter Cookbook, photographer
2010: Globe Pequot Press – Knack Low Salt Cooking, photographer
2009: A History of Ghosts – cover photograph
2009: Knopf Publishing – Vanilla Ride, cover photograph
2008: Tucson Weekly – Interview
2008: Simon & Schuster – Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls, Cover Photograph
2008: American Photography 24
2008: Sterling Publishing – The World’s a Mom: Celebrating Motherhood, Author & Photo Editor
2007: American Photography 23
2007: St. Martin’s Minotaur – Heartsick, Cover Photograph
2007: How Magazine – Interview
2007: Area of Design – Interview
2006: Random House – Pesach for the Rest of Us, , Cover Photography
2006: F-shop Magazine, Cover and Feature Article
2006: Creatively Self Employed, Contributing Writer
2005: Photo District News – Interview
2004: America 24/7 – Arizona 24/7, contributing Photography
2001: The Photo Review, Volume 24, Issue 3. Langhorne, PA
1998: Scribner Books – Water Marked by Helen Lee, Cover photography
1997: Simon & Schuster – Unearned Pleasures & Other Short Stories by Ursula Hegi, Cover photography
2009 The Spirit World, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Juror Russell Joslin
2009 Idea of Self, Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror Susan Zadeh
2008 Society of Photographers, 6×6 Exhibition, Rooke Gallery, South Africa
2007 The Center for Fine Art Photography, Denver Int. Airport Invitational
2007 Volitant Gallery, Austin, “Tunnel Vision: Parading Down the Aisle
2005 Caladan Gallery, “Myths, Mystery and Ritual: A Portal into the Night”
2004 The Nocturnes, Best of the Nocturnes
2003 The Nocturnes, Surrealism Show, Honorable Mention
2003 Texas Photographic Society, Members Only Show
2002 MetroForm Limited, Tucson, AZ, Solo Exhibition
2002 River City Silver, San Antonio, TX
2002 Inside Space, London, England
2002 Nexus Gallery, New York City, NY, “Photography 2002”
2001 Mesa Contemporary Arts, AZ, “Stare Photographic Survey”, Purchase Award
2001 Robert Caniga Gallery, Eugene OR. “Totally Nude” Group Exhibition