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It’s hard to say what came first, my love of food or my love of photography. From pouring over food magazines and cooking multi-coursed dinners for my brothers and friends as a kid, to moving to Italy in my twenties to study the culinary arts and, well, eat my way through Europe, I have always been moved by how food—selecting it, cooking it, serving and eating it—can tell a story.

Anne WatsonFOOD PHOTOGRAPHER

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It’s hard to say what came first, my love of food or my love of photography. From pouring over food magazines and cooking multi-coursed dinners for my brothers and friends as a kid, to moving to Italy in my twenties to study the culinary arts and, well, eat my way through Europe, I have always been moved by how food—selecting it, cooking it, serving and eating it—can tell a story.

At the same time, with a dad who loved photography and a great high school photo class darkroom, I began carrying a camera with me everywhere at a very young age. Photography remained my hobby through many years in the corporate world, traveling country to country for work and documenting what I saw in my time off.

I suppose it’s because I have always loved both food and photography that photographing food, and the farmers, chefs, and restaurants behind it, comes naturally to me. My personal style comes out of a deep love, and understanding, of the food culture of Southern California and the places I’ve lived and traveled — from Europe to Asia, Africa, Australia, all over America, and everywhere in between. With a background in professional kitchens, I am as comfortable on the line, shooting chefs as they plate dishes on fine china, as I am riding in a pickup truck to an orchard to capture the avocado harvest.

My work has been featured in nationally and internationally celebrated magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks, and my clients range from publications to national brands to the local food truck…

I have offices based in Orange County and San Diego, and when not behind the camera lens, I have another full-time role as a mother and stepmother. I live with my husband on a ranch and vineyard in North San Diego County.

Friday vibes⚡️🖤⚡️#Repost @fableandspiri Friday vibes⚡️🖤⚡️#Repost @fableandspirit:
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Friday feast, anyone? 🍴
We open up for dinner on the patio at 5pm!🐰 
📸 @annewatsonphoto
Last night we had a homemade pizza party here on T Last night we had a homemade pizza party here on The Watson Ranch & this is basically my idea of Pizza Heaven ✨🤤 Made-from-scratch @jovialfoods Einkorn dough, homemade roasted @macielfamilyorganicfarm tomato sauce, whole milk ricotta, shredded mozzarella & fresh garden basil all baked to a crispy perfection in our home oven on the @bakingsteel and topped with a generous drizzle of @temeculaoliveoilcompany extra virgin olive oil 🙌 Nommmmmmmmm. #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch #PizzaNight
Because when somebody tells me it’s #NationalCho Because when somebody tells me it’s #NationalChocolateChipCookieDay, you KNOW I’m all over it like white on rice! 🍪😛 Time for homemade soft-in-the-middle, crunchy-around-the-edges, ooey-gooey-hot-from-the-oven Watson Ranch cookie deliciousness 🍪❤️ (Bonus points for baking with protein-rich @jovialfoods Einkorn wheat flour, raw coconut sugar, and decadent @lilys_sweets Dark Chocolate baking chips - aka, zero refined sugars, and ALL the yummmms 😋😋😋) #HomeBaked #ChocolateChipCookies  #TheWatsonRanch
Now THIS looks like the perfect way to celebrate # Now THIS looks like the perfect way to celebrate #NationalWatermelonDay today - the Quarantini (available to-go!) from @hendrixoc 🍉🍉🍉 
#Repost @hendrixoc:
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Hendrix To Go! Take our Quarantini home with you — it’s the perfect Summer Cocktail! Our Quarantini features Watermelon, Cranberry, Lime Sour and Vodka... and if you’re gonna chill at home, you may as well be sipping on something amazing. Order it for curbside pick-up at hendrix2go.com.
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#quarantini #summercocktails #hendrixoc
Cheers to the weekend! 💜☀️ #sponsored The Cheers to the weekend! 💜☀️
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#EmpressGin #EmpressCA #EmpressAtHome
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of avocados It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of avocados 🥑 (I’m even lucky enough to live in the “Avocado Capital of the World,” Fallbrook, California!💚) So you know that I’m celebrating #NationalAvocadoDay today & cooking-up this amazing recipe from my friends at the Hass Avocado Board @loveonetoday for Avocado Cauliflower Rice 😋 Get the recipe at https://loveonetoday.com/recipe/avocado-cauliflower-rice/. #LoveOneToday #HealthyFats #Avocado #Avocados
💚 Sending you all love & good thoughts (and ple 💚 Sending you all love & good thoughts (and plenty of delicious healthy fats!😋) for a beautiful week ahead 💚 #GoodVibesOnly #AvocadoLove #TheWatsonRanch #HandModelingByRussell
Sesame Stir-fried Tofu & @macielfamilyorganicfarm Sesame Stir-fried Tofu & @macielfamilyorganicfarm vegetables for dinner tonight here on The Watson Ranch 💚 #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch #FarmToTable #Fallbrook #Bonsall
Our 2020 Watson Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, soaking Our 2020 Watson Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, soaking in those rays ☀️❤️🍇 #WatsonRanchVineyards #Fallbrook #SanDiegoWine
Today I was craving some baking Zen 🌱 When the Today I was craving some baking Zen 🌱 When the world gets crazy, I prefer to turn inward - reflect - meditate - create - and then share a lil’ love with those around me. ❤️ So here’s a Sprouted Wheat & Einkorn Focaccia with a tomato & green garlic garden in full bloom to help bring some love, and hopefully a smile, to your feeds tonight. ❤️#OneLove #TheWatsonRanch #SundaysAreForBaking #focaccia #playwithyourfood
Happy 4th, Watson Ranch style! 🇺🇸❤️ Blue Happy 4th, Watson Ranch style! 🇺🇸❤️ Blueberry Caprese featuring fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes from @macielfamilyorganicfarm & a big ol’ creamy pillow of @distefanocheese Burrata alla Panna, drizzled with beautiful @temeculaoliveoilcompany Olive View Estate fresh squeezed California olive oil. #RedWhiteAndBlueberry #Homecooking #happy4thofjuly #TheWatsonRanch
I was inspired by a recent repost that my dear fri I was inspired by a recent repost that my dear friends at @maxloveproject put up of a recipe by @themodernproper for Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan. I decided to put a lil’ twist on it tonight by roasting-up a medley of Summer squash, zucchini & carrots from @macielfamilyorganicfarm and then sticking them under the broiler with a mix of Parmesan and Romano cheeses. So quick, easy, healthy and DEEE-licious!! 😋😋 That’s a win-win-win-win in my book 💚 #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch #SummerEats #RecipeIdeas
It’s an unusually cool & cloudy evening in South It’s an unusually cool & cloudy evening in Southern California with rain just starting to fall here in Fallbrook tonight and I was craving some warm, comforting food with summertime flavors 💕So was inspired by the beautiful produce we picked up at @macielfamilyorganicfarm this weekend & decided to make this Green Garlic Risotto with leeks, basil, lemon & Parmigiano-Reggiano crisps 💚 #SundaySupper #TheWatsonRanch #SummerFlavors #FarmToPlate
Saturday night dinner on The Watson Ranch 💕 Fou Saturday night dinner on The Watson Ranch 💕 Found these incredible (HUGE!) figs &  beautiful nectarines at the @elisfarm farmstand here in my hometown of Fallbrook, so decided to grill them up tonight and pair them with some creamy mozzarella, fresh blueberries, thyme & mint and a generous drizzle of @temeculaoliveoilcompany olive oil & balsamic. Currently stuffing my face... Happy weekend, everyone! #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch #farmtoplate
You guys, this Bowl is the 💣💥!! #Repost @nob You guys, this Bowl is the 💣💥!! #Repost @noblebirdrotisserie
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“Want something heartier than a salad? Get our Noble Bowl! It comes with pulled rotisserie chicken, farro, barley, lentils, chickpeas, bulgar wheat, mixed greens, scallions, red grapes, soft egg and citrus vinaigrette — the perfect good-for-you bowl. 🙌🏼 | 📸: @annewatsonphoto “
Just got in from the garden with Russell - he help Just got in from the garden with Russell - he helped me pick today’s lil’ backyard harvest ❤️Few things are cooler than getting to teach your child about growing food / where food comes from. And seeing how EXCITED he was to discover that this first baby squash was ready to pick today was so fun ☺️ Getting to see it through his eyes sparks an excitement in me too! Now, it’s lunchtime 😋💚#GardeningWithKids #TheWatsonRanch #backyardgarden