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Hi! I’m Anne.

I have always seen the world through the lens of a culinary enthusiast, so it makes sense that I fell in love with capturing images of my passion in action from a young age. I am so grateful for the success I have found in the food world as a photographer and I hope you enjoy visiting my site as you spend a little time seeing the world through my eyes.

I am excited to share my perspective with you, not only through my photographs, but also my experience styling food, creating recipes, and ultimately where it all started for me – cooking.

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Only a few weeks left of Blood Orange Season here in California, so I'm filling my belly with these incredible fruits! 🍊 As amazing in savory dishes as they are in sweet recipes, this versatile citrus is one of my all-time favorites. I love baking them into pancakes & muffins, cooking them down into a simple syrup for cocktails, chopping them up into a citrusy salsa, or just peeling one & stuffing it into my face!

What's your favorite way to cook with blood oranges? 😋
Weather rages. Fires rage. The oceans rage. Volcanoes rage... And from all of these, great natural transformation emerges. ⁣
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As a Reiki practitioner I believe deeply that we are not merely observers of nature, but are an integral energetic part of it. We are microcosms of the greater natural landscape & therefore it seems only natural to me that we experience rage. I've found that the key is not to suppress it, nor to express it in a way that negatively affects other living beings through our actions or words - but to allow it to pass through us & then release it. Just as the Earth releases tension along her tectonic plates, we must release our rage in order to let go of its heavy vibrations & make room for higher energies to flow -- After all, great mountains are formed from raging earthquakes.⁣
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Today I'm reflecting on the feelings of rage - and its underlying cause, fear - that I see all around us in the world today, much of which is related to grief. On an individual level, I can share that rage played a powerful, transformative part of my personal awakening during Tim's cancer journey. For me it was early on, shortly after he was diagnosed that my rage emerged while I grieved the life I knew we'd never have again. One morning after a deep meditation I found myself on my knees pounding the earth, eyes wide & raging against the darkness. I yelled, I cried, I prayed & I allowed it all to flow through me. Then I felt my energy shift - I'd released the darkness & the underlying fears, and it had transformed me. After that, there was no more rage nor fear - only unconditional love.⁣
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This is why I honor Russell's rage that he's felt at times recently during his grieving process. I bought him a heavy bag & boxing gloves and I take joy in watching him release his fears as they're punched into that bag - raging against the cancer that he witnessed taking his dad's body from us - knowing that his rage is not destructive, it's transformational as he becomes a stronger, clearer, wiser being. ⁣
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Springtime days are warming up & I don't know about you, but I'm feeling ready to head outside for a picnic this weekend 🧺 ☀️ 🌸 Our team over at @thefamilythrive recently shared this recipe for a easy-to-make, picnic-perfect healthy cabbage slaw, which I admit I absolutely devoured after I shot it! ha ha. (Perks of the job, right?!) I love using @go_raw sprouted pepitas in this recipe for a crunchy nutritional boost. ⁣
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Be sure to stay tuned to @thefamilythrive feed as we are entering our Beta Launch phase of the business next month - there is some seriously exciting stuff coming your way from our Family Thrive team! And meantime, feel free to hit the "save" button on this post to keep the recipe handy. Happy Spring, everyone! 🌼🌻🌸🌺⁣
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Zesty Cabbage Slaw ⁣
Recipe by @chefcathy ⁣
#RDApproved by @alexiahallrd ⁣
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INGREDIENTS:⁣
Slaw:⁣
🔸1 green cabbage, core removed
🔸1 napa cabbage 
🔸¼ cup green onion, green part only
🔸½ cup cilantro 
🔸2 watermelon radishes
🔸¼ cup toasted pepitas
🔸1 TBSP minced red serrano pepper (optional)
🔸1 TBSP celery seeds (optional)
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Dressing:⁣
🔹1 cup @PrimalKitchenFoods mayo
🔹¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar, 
🔹2 tablespoons yuzu juice (substitute: 1 TBSP each lemon juice & lime juice).
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DIRECTIONS:⁣
1️⃣In a glass bowl, mix mayo, rice vinegar & yuzu juice. Add a pinch of salt and set aside. ⁣
2️⃣Using a sharp knife, finely shred both cabbages and put in a large glass bowl. Dice the green onion, julienne the radish & add both to the bowl. Chop the cilantro, stems, and all & add to the mix.⁣
3️⃣Toss the slaw mix with the dressing, coating all of the ingredients, and add in the toasted pepitas. You can add celery seed for added crunch, & red serrano pepper for a little kick.⁣
4️⃣Chill for 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves & enjoy! 😌⁣
11 years ago today I married my best friend and it was, and will always be, the greatest decision I ever made ❤️ And while this may be the first time I'm celebrating our anniversary with only one of us here in physical form, I still feel Tim's energetic presence right here with me & in many ways (which may seem odd to some, I know) I actually feel closer to him than I ever have before.⁣
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Today I can't stop smiling -- how LUCKY am I that I got to marry such an adventurous, loyal, loving, brilliant, witty, beautiful soul? Happy 11th anniversary, Tim. Love you 💕
Good-afternoon, Honey 🐝🍯☀️🌸🌺 ⁣
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I love taking a teaspoon of raw local honey each morning to help prevent seasonal allergies.⁣
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What's your favorite way to use honey? And do you have any favorite farms or brands you love? ⁣
Who are you? ⁣
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Have you ever meditated on this question? 🤔 So many of us spend the majority of our lives running around like chickens with our heads cut off, listening to the incessant voice of our minds telling us what we "like" & "don't like," and then searching desperately outside of ourselves for things that will appease the mind in an effort to make the constant chatter of our thoughts stop driving us crazy. We try to define who we are by what we do, what we wear, who we associate with - the external decisions we make day after day. And it never works. The mind will always find the next problem & you find yourself in a state of constant need & desire for more, instead of satisfaction or fulfillment. ⁣
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But, if you take time to look deeper you will find that you are not those thoughts. You are the one who is listening to those thoughts. René Descartes' once said, "I think, therefore I am." I disagree. Instead, I believe: You are, therefore you hear your thoughts. ⁣
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You are the consciousness that dwells within & observes all things that enter your awareness through your five senses & your mind. And that eternal consciousness (which you may call the soul, Ātman, inner being, divine energy, the Self, or a number of other terms) - THAT is who you are. Connect with that realization -- that you are not the voice of the mind, you are the one who hears it. Use this as your starting point for defining who you are, and a world of infinite freedom & stillness awaits. #MeditationMonday⁣
This is how we do Easter Eggs on The Watson Ranch 🐓🌸🌺🌼 Raising hens of various breeds who lay naturally-colored eggs with shells of every shade imaginable always makes this mama's job easier at Easter-time - no egg dye kits required!🥚😃 ⁣
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Wishing you all a beautiful Easter Weekend! 💗⁣
Have you ever pondered the difference between "peace" and "happiness" and then paused to consider which one you seek? 🤔 ⁣
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I've meditated on this quite a bit over the past year & one thing that has become very clear to me is that peace is an inner state of being, whereas happiness is a feeling.⁣
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Can you have happiness without inner peace? Yes, I believe you can. But happiness comes as a result of something or someone in the outside world affecting your heart. So if you feel happiness without inner peace, when the happy feelings leave you are left with a void -- an inner state that is out of balance, blocked-up & unfulfilled. And you will spend the rest of your life continuing to chase those outside stimuli just for another taste of that yummy, "happy" feeling again.⁣
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Peace, though, is deeper. Peace is not an emotion, it is a state of being. To me, I've found peace to be an entirely inner experience - what I call my "inside world" that cannot be affected by the outside stimuli. Regardless of the emotions triggered by someone or something in the outside world, my inner world can remain peaceful -- true stillness. Peace is like the Sun 🌞 - it shines no matter what the weather appears to be doing. Weather is an illusion -- a cloud covering the sun doesn't mean the sun has stopped shining. So, just as it's possible to feel happy & at peace, it's ALSO possible to feel sad, angry, disappointed, frustrated, and all of the other "heavy" emotions while still being at peace. ⁣
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So I encourage you to ponder this if you will: Feelings come & go, including happiness. But, peace remains. And that underlying peaceful stillness to me is a sacred presence, the emanation of Being, the Good that has no opposite. #SeekPeace⁣
Springtime is here, so bring on the Asparagus! 🙌🏼 Did you know that this beautiful vegetable is a member of the lily family? Not only is it as delicious as it is gorgeous, but it's also an excellent source of essential vitamins & minerals, especially folate and vitamins A, C & K. And the purple variety is particularly full of health-boosting antioxidants. I love mine simply roasted in olive oil & sea salt.

Do you have a favorite asparagus recipe? 🤔 Share below in the comments ⬇️
Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere & I'm feeling ready to lighten things up with some vibrant Springtime colors & flavors 💕🌼🌸⁣⁣⁣
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Anyone else want to stick their face into this mezze platter featuring @lamachos baked pita crisps & @majesticgarlic raw sprouted hummus with me?!... YUM 😋 ⁣⁣⁣
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Hello Springtime, it's so lovely to see you again 💛
Flashing it back this Friday to 1980... when I was two years old and took a "cinnamon roll" recipe a bit too literally 🤣😂🥲 #HowIRoll
Isn't it fun how food can transport us to another place & time in an instant? It's raining & cold here in Southern California today, but just the sight of these luscious tropical fruits is giving me all the warm & sunny beach vibes!🍊🍇🍉 ⠀
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In these final weeks of Winter, I thought we could all use a bit of sunshine today☀️ #MotherNature
This is my mantra 🙌🏼⠀
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Tim's cancer journey taught me so much about life, and one of the most important lessons I learned along the way was that every single moment is a gift from the universe & that even the hardest moments are an opportunity for growth. Every moment offers a chance to shift our perspective, to open our hearts instead of running away in fear, and to raise the collective vibration -- to SERVE LIFE.⠀
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And how beautiful would this world be if we could all live by this mantra?⠀
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This is what a life of service means to me: Touching each moment that passes before us with love, raising it just a little, and then allowing it to pass so the next moment can enter our awareness... and so on, and so on... just making the world a better place, while we are here, simply by being in it.⠀
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#Mantra #Yoga #Meditation #Spirituality