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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.

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
Light ✨ & berries 🍓♥️ What would you make Light ✨ & berries 🍓♥️ What would you make with these little bowls of Springtime sunshine? (Or would you just snack on them until they’re ALL gone, like I did!? Hmm 🤔😆) #SpringHasSprung #BerrySeason #TheWatsonRanch
Cacio e Pepe 💛 It’s pizza night here on The W Cacio e Pepe 💛 It’s pizza night here on The Watson Ranch, and I was dreaming of when we used to live in Rome... so it was time to revive some Roman flavors - @jovialfoods Einkorn wheat crust baked to a crisp on the @bakingsteel, topped with pillows of grated Pecorino Romano, freshly-cracked black pepper, and pools of @temeculaoliveoilcompany Olive Oil. #PizzaNight #SundaySupper #TheWatsonRanch #quarantineandchill #homecooking
Sending you all a big ol’ juicy ray of citrusy s Sending you all a big ol’ juicy ray of citrusy sunshine love! ☀️💛🍋🍊🧡☀️ #PlayWithYourFood #Citrus #CitrusLove #TheFamilyThrive
I asked myself, “What would Springtime-on-a-plat I asked myself, “What would Springtime-on-a-plate look like?” ☀️🌱 Blanched-and-chilled Fava Beans from @elisfarm, French Beans, green Peas, Golden Squash & Zucchini Ribbons from @jimbosnaturally, Watson Ranch Hass Avocados, fresh Basil, @temeculaoliveoilcompany D’luscious Fresh Lemon reserve late harvest olive oil, lemon zest & lotssss of @maldonsalt. Now please excuse me while I go shamelessly stuff my face!... #SpringHasSprung #QuarantineAndChill #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch
I have been so excited to share this project with I have been so excited to share this project with all of you & today (aka #wellnesswednesday) feels like the day! My heartfelt belief is that out of times of challenge, true creativity, power & inspiration can emerge. I’m honored to be part of the team that is collaborating to create a new, approachable family health & wellness online platform - born out of the @maxloveproject movement. “The Family Thrive” will be launching this September. 💛✨ Stay tuned for more details! 
#REPOST @maxloveproject (for full post, visit the @maxloveproject profile):
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“Prior to the COVID-19 crisis we were on track to produce a beautiful series of "Fierce Foods" magazines and a cookbook. The first magazine was slated for release at our Farm to Fork dinner on 9/26... ...we’re not changing a single thing in our mission—our commitment to help families thrive in the face of medical adversities is as strong as ever. 💪🔥 Thanks to an incredible team of the most talented and visionary experts, we are making magic happen. ✨
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Coming this fall, the week prior to our virtual Farm to Fork events, we're launching "The Family Thrive”, a digital platform for all families who want to live their best lives. This platform will be an innovative family-based resource stocked with our Fierce Foods lessons, recipes, wellness webinars, and articles and podcast interviews with experts in family thriving. 
With this platform we'll bring the best of MaxLove to all families looking to find practical, accessible, health and wellness resources to support real, authentic thriving. This is our recognition that we don't thrive in isolation, we flourish together.
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This is a photo of our beautiful basil pesto cream sauce with zucchini noodles, recipe developed by one of our stellar chefs, @kitchencurative, using @melissasproduce, photographed by the most talented  @annewatsonphoto. 👏
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Check out our stories this week to learn more about our stellar team of superheroes who are making this project happen, persisting through isolation for the greater good! 💛✨ #TheFamilyThrive #BetterTogether”
Nature’s candy 🍓❤️ Who else looooooves st Nature’s candy 🍓❤️ Who else looooooves strawberries?? #StrawberrySeason @maxloveproject  #TheFamilyThrive
It was time for a stay-at-home made-from-scratch P It was time for a stay-at-home made-from-scratch Pizza partayyyy here on The Watson Ranch tonight! 🍕✨🍕✨🍕 This is my personal favorite - homemade @jovialfoods Einkorn wheat crust, sauce made from a roasted cherry tomato confit (@chefcathy, your roasted tomato recipe is the best!!!), fresh mozzarella, homemade herbed whole milk ricotta & a healthy drizzle of @temeculaoliveoilcompany Olio Nuovo, all baked to a crispy perfection on the @bakingsteel. So. Damn. Tasty. #PizzaParty #QuarantineAndChill #TheWatsonRanch #homecooking
Hurrah for Rhubarb season! ❤️ Happy May Day, e Hurrah for Rhubarb season! ❤️ Happy May Day, everyone. ❤️#SpringHasSprung #Rhubarb
Celebrating alllll the colors of Mother Nature, to Celebrating alllll the colors of Mother Nature, today & everyday 💚🌎✨ #HappyEarthDay
It’s a hummus-from-scratch kind of Wednesday her It’s a hummus-from-scratch kind of Wednesday here on The Watson Ranch today ✨ I had fun playing with different flavor combinations and came up with an Organic Original (of course! Gotta have an original, and I like mine thick & drenched in smoked paprika, lemon zest, and @temeculaoliveoilcompany olive oil), a Toasted Pine Nut version with fresh Rosemary, Thyme & Meyer Lemon, and a Toasted Cashew flavor with Turmeric, Lime, Tamari & Dill. If you have chickpeas and a food processor, then I highly recommend making some homemade hummus, playing around and having fun with it - it’s easy to make, healthy, and scrumptious. Win-win-win! #HummusFromScratch #TheWatsonRanch #QuarantineCooking #stayhome
Savoring the amazing colors & flavors of Springtim Savoring the amazing colors & flavors of Springtime 💚💜 @melissasproduce #asparagus