Jackie Alpers


Jackie Alpers is a Tucson, Arizona based professional advertising and editorial food photographer and cookbook author who was named The #1 Famous Food Photographer in 2024 by Shotkit and Art in Context. She cooks, styles and photographs food and recipes in her natural-light studio, and documents food, chefs and restaurants on location.

Jackie Alpers was awarded the Taste Awards medallion for food and beverage photography twice, a gold Muse Photography Award in the food photography category, and multiple awards from American Photography, The Lucie Foundation's International Photography Awards, The London Photography Awards, The Color Awards and The American Advertising Federation.  

She is the author of the cookbook, Taste of Tucson: Sonoran-Style Recipes Inspired by the Rich Culture of Southern Arizona which is an official selection of UNESCO's Tucson City of Gastronomy, and a RUSA and Eating the West Award winner. Jackie Alpers is a noted expert on the Sonoran cuisine of southern Arizona.  

Alpers also wrote and photographed The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook, The Unofficial Elf Cookbook, and  Sprinkles: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts

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. 

Jackie Alpers began contributing a monthly food column, food photography and additional illustrated articles to the Food Network and  Refinery29 in 2013. 

She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine,  Reader’s Digest, CNN, Good Morning America, The New York Times,  NPRCosmopolitanEsquireGlamourBetter Homes and GardensMSN, Thrillist,  Brit + Co. and Buzzfeed Food

Select Clients: 


Arizona Convention and Visitors' Bureau 

Canyon Ranch Health Resorts

Cherry Bombe Magazine

Cooking Channel 


Edible Magazines 


Food Network/Warner Bros. Discovery

Food Network Magazine


George Foreman Grills

Glamour Magazine

Lipton Ice Tea

Loews Hotels

Mattress Firm

Media Lab Books



Newman's Own

Oreo Cookies

Pei Wei Asian Diner

Penguin Random House

P. F. Changs

Real Simple Magazine

Refinery 29

Rovio Entertainment/Angry Birds

Taste Cooking

The Kitchn

The U.S. White House


Today Food

Visit Tucson


Jackie Alpers is an experienced educator who speaks on industry related topics at workshops and universities. She has been a professional photo editor for over 25 years, starting her career as the managing photo editor at Swanstock, the premier fine art photography division of Getty Images. 

She is represented by Renaissance Literary & Talent: Literary Agency

To contact Jackie for assignment bookings, please email: Jackie@jackiealpers.com or call 520-465-5214.

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