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Jackie Alpers (born 1968) is an American photographer and author of "Sprinkles! Recipes & Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts", who won the Black & White Spider Award's Merit of Excellence. She is known for her food photography, documentary-style portraits and photo-illustration.
Jackie Alpers was born on April 1, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio, to Richard Alpers and Lois Cramer. She attended the Columbus College of Art & Design from 1987 to 1991, where she studied photography, painting, graphics, and illustration. She moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1993. There she spent four years as the managing photo editor at Swanstock, the fine art photography division of Getty Images. She is married to Jason Willis, they reside in Tucson, Arizona.
Food photography and writing
Alpers writes and photographs a monthly column for the Food Network and also contributes recipes and photography to Refinery29, Random House’s Tastebook, The Kitchn, Today Food 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 and Buzzfeed.
Alpers started her photography career with an illustration to the one of the Ursula Hegi books in 1997. A year later, she did a cover photograph for Water Marked published by Scribner Books. The 21st century began with a bronze medal that she got at the London Photographic Awards and published in the 23rd and 24th volumes of American Photography. In 2005 she took an interview with Photo District News and in 2006 created a cover for F-shop Magazine and also for book Pesach for the Rest of Us which was printed by Random House.
In 2007 she had two more interviews; one for Area of Design and the other for HOW magazine. The same year she did another cover design this time for St. Martin’s Minotaur's book called Heartsick. In 2008 she was interviewed by Tucson Weekly and next year made cover photographs for Vanilla Ride designed by Chip Kidd, and A History of Ghosts written by Peter Aykroyd. In 2010 she did cookbook photography for three books published by Globe Pequot Press and the same year did food photography for The Official Arizona State Visitor’s Guide. In 2011 she did the same for Phoenix Official Visitors Guide and had an interview with The New York Times. In 2012 she had interviews with both Good Morning America and CNN and the same year did food photography for Tucson Official Visitors Guide. A year later she was nominated at the Photography Masters Cup in food photography. She also has done editorial photography for magazines such as AARP and Real Eats and publishers like Rovio Entertainment, Sterling, Quirk Books and Simon & Schuster.
- Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts, author & photographer (Quirk Books, 2013)
- Angry Birds, Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes, photographer & editor, hardback book and interactive app. (Rovio Entertainment, 2012)
- Mexican Cooking, photographer, (Globe Pequot Press, 2010)
- The Calorie Counter Cookbook, photographer, (Globe Pequot Press, 2010)
- Knack Low Salt Cooking, photographer, (Globe Pequot Press, 2009)
- A History of Ghosts, cover photography, (2009)
- Vanilla Ride, cover photography (Knopf 2009)