Welcome…

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

CONTACT ME

About me

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.

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
・・・
“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
Because eating well doesn’t mean having to sacri Because eating well doesn’t mean having to sacrifice flavor or FUN, right!? Felt inspired to start my week off on a positive note today & decided to CREATE for the sake of creating✨🌈 Using my newest obsession, @picnikshop Vegan Creamer made with coconut cream + MCT oil as the base, I blended up this smoothie bowl for breakfast today & let the colors of nature take me on a ride over the rainbow! So in support of Pride Month & all my beloved LGBTQ friends, I call this The Pride Bowl. ❤️🌈 And as a special treat for you, my friends & followers, you can try out some of the amazing products that @picnikshop has to offer with a 20% OFF DISCOUNT by visiting www.picnikshop.com and entering the promo code YESPLEASE20 at checkout! ❤️🌈 #lovewins #makeyourmorningcount #makeitcount #picnikcreamer #keto #mctoil #morningmotivation
Celebrating Summer Solstice & its beautiful long s Celebrating Summer Solstice & its beautiful long shadows with summertime pizzas here on The Watson Ranch tonight 🌞 Homemade Sprouted Whole Wheat & Einkorn Wheat crust topped with @macielfamilyorganicfarm squash & @elisfarm sweet corn, @temeculaoliveoilcompany Basil Oil, mozzarella & Romano cheeses, and fresh basil & oregano from the garden 🌱 Baked to a crisp on the @bakingsteel. Welcome, Summer. Here’s to new seasons 💛 #summersolstice #summervibes #pizzanight #TheWatsonRanch
Salsa, deconstructed 💃🏻🍅🌶 #Repost @eat Salsa, deconstructed 💃🏻🍅🌶 #Repost @eatpuesto:
・・・
“What came first: the chips or the salsa? 🤔 #eatpuesto”
Alllll the SUMMER feels wrapped up in a salad bowl Alllll the SUMMER feels wrapped up in a salad bowl ☀️ Nothing inspires me more than locally-grown produce and the beautiful organic lettuces & veggies we picked up this weekend from @macielfamilyorganicfarm did just the trick 💚 #SundaySupper #SummerSalad #TheWatsonRanch
Toasting to the weekend 🥂🥑💚 @loveonetoday Toasting to the weekend 🥂🥑💚 @loveonetoday @saboreaunohoy #AvocadoToast #HassAvocado #TheWatsonRanch
Who else needs a drink right about now? I could us Who else needs a drink right about now? I could use a glass (or three). #WineMe #cheers 
@jbrixwine #jbrix #jbrixwine
Last night I was putting our 6-year-old son Russel Last night I was putting our 6-year-old son Russell to bed & could tell something was bothering him. When I asked him what was wrong, he started to cry and blew me away with what he said: “Mom, the Earth is changing. The planet feels like it will never be the same.” Then he held his two fists together and started slowly moving them apart. “It’s like there are magnets that want to be together, but they’re pulling apart - like this.” I hugged him and assured him of the only answer I know to be true - “Love, Russell. Love is the answer. Love is ALWAYS the answer.”
• • •
When the Earth feels like it’s changing around me & I start to feel powerless, I do what I can to stay grounded. And I love. And I cook. And I create. And I garden. And I meditate. And then I love some more.
• • •
We are all equal. We all deserve freedom. We all deserve a place at the table. We all have souls that belong to the same universe. Black, white, and every shade in between. • • •

But right now, my heart is with those Black Americans who are hurting so deeply & feel so scared, betrayed, and justifiably angry. 
Life is a beautiful, precious gift that we ALL deserve to live fully & freely. • • •

So today I cooked, and I created - and I want to say that I love you. I love all of you. And you are ALL welcome at my table. 
#equaltreatmentisfreedom #violenceisnottheanswer #blm #equalityforall #lovewins
Creamy Avocado Garlic Mashed Potatoes - aka, one o Creamy Avocado Garlic Mashed Potatoes - aka, one of the Best. Things. Ever. 🥑🥔🧄🤤 I cooked, styled & shot this dish recently as part of a recipe project for the Hass Avocado Board @loveonetoday, and I could not get enough of it - definitely a new Watson family favorite. Creamy avocado is used in place of butter, so it’s packed with loads of healthy fats, vitamins & nutrients - and when combined with the garlic & chive flavors, it is to die for. Get the full recipe at www.loveonetoday.com. 💚🥑 #LoveOneToday #HassAvocado #HomeCooking #AvocadoRecipes #TheWatsonRanch
I heard it was #NationalBurgerDay today - for thos I heard it was #NationalBurgerDay today - for those who are of the meatless persuasion, this one’s for you 🥬🍔🍅🤤 #VeggieBurger #BurgerDay #EatYourVeggies