About Jackie Alpers

Portrait of Jackie Alpers at her home in Tucson, Arizona.

Jackie Alpers is an award-winning professional food photographer, creative recipe developer and author of Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona and Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts. She writes, cooks, and styles recipes in her sun-lit 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 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 a monthly column for the FoodNetwork.com and also contributes recipes and photography to Food Network Magazine, Refinery29, National Geographic, Real Simple, Random House’s Tastebook, The Kitchn, TodayFood 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. 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. She is also an experienced educator who speaks on industry related topics at workshops and universities.

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.

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