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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.

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Love (and beautiful food from Mother Earth!) conqu Love (and beautiful food from Mother Earth!) conquers all. 💜💕💜 Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. #Valentines2020 #PlayWithYourFood #EatYourVeggies
If Beef Wellington & Bubbly are your love language If Beef Wellington & Bubbly are your love language, then you won’t want to miss Chef Alejandra’s special Valentine’s menu tomorrow at @fivecrownsrestaurant ❤️❤️❤️#FiveCrownsRestaurant #CoronaDelMar #ValentinesDay2020
Love is in the air 💕🧡 #Repost @eatpuesto:
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“No better way to show love this Friday (or any day, really) then with tacos + margaritas + Chef Erik’s special Valentines Day dessert. Don’t be **that** person, we’ve still got a few more seats for  Valentines Day!  #eatpuesto”
Mayan-influenced Monday vibes 🖤 #Repost @chaak_ Mayan-influenced Monday vibes 🖤 #Repost @chaak_kitchen:
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M A Y A N / native spices of the Yucatan ~ include our house achiote, recado negro, dried chiles, pepitas, salsas and more. 🌶 | 📷: @annewatsonphoto
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#achiote #recado #recadonegro #chiles #yucatancuisine #yucatanspices #scratchkitchen #chaak_kitchen #orangecounty #losangeles #opentable #laeats
#NationalPotatoLoversDay calls for @stonebrewing’s Truffled Cheese Hassleback Potato, with just that extra dash of finishing salt for good measure ❤️🥔😋 @stonelibertystation @stoneescondido #PotatoLove #HasslebackPotatoes #StoneBrewing
Next-level Cobb by @chefyg of @thewineryrestaurant Next-level Cobb by @chefyg of @thewineryrestaurant #LaJolla 🙌🏻✨☀️#SeafoodCobbSalad #TheWineryLaJolla
Is it possible to be in love with a bowl of salmon Is it possible to be in love with a bowl of salmon? Because I am. 💞 @bigglorybayseafood King Salmon, triticale grain, housemade kimchi & lettuce dressing by Chef @kennyseliger at @henrysovd in the @waterfrontbeachresort in Huntington Beach, Ca. #HenrysOVD #WaterfrontBeachResort #HiltonHotel #SalmonBowl #huntingtonbeach
WHEW! Well guys, we did it. We made it through Jan WHEW! Well guys, we did it. We made it through January 2020. I don’t know about you, but I’m calling a do-over! Here on The Watson Ranch we are declaring tonight as New Year’s Eve & Feb 1st as our New Year’s Day ✨🍾🥂 Cheers to that! #HappyNewYear #DoOver #BringOnTheBubbly 🥂🍾: @arestaurantnb
Did ya’ hear?! @bearcoastcoffee extended their k Did ya’ hear?! @bearcoastcoffee extended their kitchen hours & now serves breakfast seven days a week until 12:30pm! Yessssssssss. #BreakfastEveryday #BearCoastCoffee #sanclemente #danapoint
That rotisserie-basting Drip. Drop. Drip. 🔥 @he That rotisserie-basting Drip. Drop. Drip. 🔥 @hendrixoc
I think it’s cocktail time - who’s with me? Th I think it’s cocktail time - who’s with me? The Dolce Amaro by @licensedtopour at @bellobysandro ✨ #Cheers #BelloBySandro #OC
Chef @sopflei’s Hamachi crudo at @theblindpigyor Chef @sopflei’s Hamachi crudo at @theblindpigyorbalinda 🙌🏻 #BlindPigOC #BlindPigYorbaLinda #hamachi
Tonight’s Sunday Supper here on #TheWatsonRanch Tonight’s Sunday Supper here on #TheWatsonRanch called for a bit of sunshine in a bowl! ☀️✨🌈 #EatTheRainbow
Time to squeeeeeeze every last drop out of Saturda Time to squeeeeeeze every last drop out of Saturday night 🍋💦 @chaak_kitchen #cocktailtime #yucatan #mixology #chaak_kitchen
Friday night & this is how I ROLL... 🌀🐟🌀 Friday night & this is how I ROLL... 🌀🐟🌀 #SushiRoll @cannery_newport #SushiBar #newportbeach