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 and the #7 best food photographer in the world by Great Big Photography World. She cooks, styles and photographs food and recipes in her natural-light studio, and documents food, chefs and restaurants on location.

Jackie Alpers has won the prestigious American Photography  award nine times. She was awarded the 2024 & 2022 Taste Awards medallion for food and beverage photography, gold Muse Photography Awards in the food photography category, and dozens of awards from The Lucie Foundation's International Photography Awards, The London Photography Awards, The Color Awards and The American Advertising Federation's ADDY awards including the 2024 Best in Show for the cover of Tucson Guide Magazine.  Her Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook is shortlisted for the 2024 Communication Arts Photography Award. It is the only cookbook nominated in the books category.

Alpers experiments with regional culinary influences while exploring food history, symbolism and cultural significance. She is a noted expert on the Sonoran cuisine of southern Arizona and the author of four cookbooks including 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.  

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

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

Madden Media

Mattress Firm

McCormick Spices

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

Tucson Guide Magazine

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

Visit Tucson


Jackie Alpers is an experienced educator who speaks on food photography practices, techniques & history, Sonoran & Southwestern cuisine, and other 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. 

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

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Rights managed stock imagery represented by  Gallery Stock with additional royalty free imagery at Getty Images.

Jackie Alpers has an extensive archive of food, drinks and restaurant related images available for stock photography licensing. Email hello@jackiealpers.com with your research request. 

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