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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.

Instagram post 2194114935923370551_6295106 Oh heyyyyy there, sexy. 🍅 @bellobysandro #PastaPomodoro #ItaliansDoItBetter
Instagram post 2192666610514232192_6295106 #NationalCookieDay calls for homemade soft-in-the-middle, crunchy-around-the-edges, ooey-gooey-hot-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies 🍪❤️ (Bonus points for baking with protein-rich @jovialfoods ancient Einkorn wheat flour & no refined sugars, including raw coconut sugar and decadent @lilys_sweets Dark Chocolate baking chips 😋) #HomeBaked #CookieLove #TheWatsonRanch
Instagram post 2191592973137109113_6295106 Rainy day cure @sapphirelaguna 🍜🔥 #Udon #SapphireLaguna #LagunaBeachEats
Instagram post 2191160913117441275_6295106 Salted Caramel Budino di Pane at @thedrakelaguna 💙 #SaveRoomForDessert #TheDrakeLaguna #LagunaBeachEats
Instagram post 2190540134482753402_6295106 Housemade angel hair, Maine lobster, Burmese tomato curry, peanuts and cilantro. @cannery_newport 🙌🏻 #CanneryNewport #OCEats #NewportBeach
Instagram post 2189680844972876465_6295106 You know that here on The Watson Ranch December 1st is synonymous with, “First day of holiday baking season!!” 🎄❤️❄️ And what smells more like Christmastime than warm homemade gingerbread straight from the oven?? (Shhh, as decadent as this looks & tastes, we made ours healthy by swapping out the butter for applesauce & @temeculaoliveoilcompany olive oil, using organic spelt flour, and sweetening things with unrefined sugars such as raw coconut sugar & pure maple syrup 😋) #HolidayBaking #TheWatsonRanch #PhotoByRussellWatson ❤️
Instagram post 2186107660243696241_6295106 So, turns out this is what happens when I listen to Metallica while baking a pie... 😆🤟🏻⚡️ I have deemed this my “Ride the Lightning Pie.” Inspired by @jamieoliver’s Pithivier Pie, it is layers of roasted celeriac, wild mushrooms, leeks, parsley & Gorgonzola in a flaky butter pastry. We are currently licking our plates while rockin’ out. ⚡️🤟🏻⚡️#TheWatsonRanch @metallica #NothingElseMattersButPie #EnterPieMan #FadeToPie #ICouldKeepGoing...
Instagram post 2184660299147430876_6295106 Countdown to Thanksgiving is on... who’s excited?! (🙋🏻‍♀️ I am! I am! I am!) @fivecrownsrestaurant #Thanksgiving2019
Instagram post 2183997372639817038_6295106 A lil’ Saturday night cocktail magic 🥃🌬 courtesy of @ravin1, aka the magic-maker. @undercdm @cdmrestaurant #coronadelmar #smokedcocktails
Instagram post 2181447054277933843_6295106 The culinary scene of Orange County continues to grow each year to include more & more new, exciting cuisines and I love seeing one of my new favorites, @chefgabbipatrick’s @chaak_kitchen, featured on the cover of @whereorangecounty’s Winter dining issue as part of @benjamin.epstein’s feature story on the county’s changing culinary landscape. CHAAK’s Yucatán dishes have opened my eyes to a world of beautiful flavors that make my tastebuds sing. Featured in this photo:
Salbutes / (lightly crisp puffy tortilla) / pavo en recado negro ~ braised turkey, blackened chile, avocado & salpicon. 🙌🏻🖤 #CHAAK #orangecountyeats #whereoc #yucatán #yucatancuisine #Mayan
Instagram post 2181058635848486507_6295106 Taco Tuesday vibes ✌🏻🌮❤️ @solcocina #TacoTuesday #TacoLove #SOLcocina
Instagram post 2179438396488604050_6295106 Because on The Watson Ranch, Sundays are for baking. 🍂🍐🧡 We are currently diving into this homemade Organic Pear & Brie Tart with toasted walnuts & brandy. #ThisIsFall #SundaysAreForBaking #TheWatsonRanch
Instagram post 2178121806803480454_6295106 Friday night vibes @fableandspirit ✨ #datenight #halibut #porkbelly #lido #newportbeach
Instagram post 2177427152382598792_6295106 AGUACHILE | @descansorestaurant #costamesa #mexicancuisine
Instagram post 2176729496425491697_6295106 Raising a glass this evening to International #WinePhotographyDay! 📸🍇🍷@jbrixwine #Syrah #SanDiegoWine #JBrixWine #Cheers