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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.

#FBF to that one time when I couldn't help but get #FBF to that one time when I couldn't help but get inspired by the diversity of citrus that's available this time of the year 🍋🌈⠀
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Citrus Season is upon us once again, and I'm ready to dive in head-first to these juicy beauties. Just in case you needed an excuse to add these delicious fruits to your repertoire, here's a list of a few reasons why citrus is so amazing:⠀
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🟡citrus fruits are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients, including vitamins A, B6 & C, fiber, folate and potassium.⠀
🟡they help boost heart health⠀
🟡they can help fight & prevent cancer⠀
🟡they may help prevent kidney stones⠀
🟡AND, they're low in calories & high in flavor, which is always a great combo!⠀
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Here's to your health, friends! 😊 ⠀
Yesterday was #NationalCheeseLoversDay and I haven Yesterday was #NationalCheeseLoversDay and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this monumental cheese & charcuterie board that I had the opportunity to style & shoot for the team at @sandiegomag last year. Would anyone else like to stick their face into this platter with me?! 🧀🤤⠀
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It just so happens that this is one of three of my photos that the San Diego Magazine team very kindly selected to be featured in their 'Best of San Diego' 2021 Wall Calendar that's on sale now at SDMagStore.com. A new year calls for a new calendar, so why not show some love for San Diego and buy one for your home or office?! The best part is that 20% of proceeds will be donated to @feedingsandiego, a wonderful local charity that is helping to end hunger in San Diego County by distributing more than 31.2 million meals each year to those in need. Visit www.SDMagStore.com to get yours today!
This delicious & nutritious "Majikal" Spirulina Sm This delicious & nutritious "Majikal" Spirulina Smoothie Bowl from @eatdrinkvibe is giving me all the patriotic feels for tomorrow's Inauguration Day 💙🇺🇸💙🇺🇸💙🇺🇸💙
It's been three years since I first shared this im It's been three years since I first shared this image and I feel more passionate about its message now more than ever. We are all equally-created beings on the inside, regardless of the color of our exterior shell. Today I honor the great Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and all that he stood for. Justice. Non-violence. Love. And above all, EQUALITY. As he said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."⠀
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May we keep his dream alive and conquer the darkness of hatred & ignorant racism with light, knowledge, understanding & love. #CreatedEqual #BlackLivesMatter #BLM⠀
I don’t know about you guys, but my body feels b I don’t know about you guys, but my body feels better just for LOOKING at these veggies! 🥬🥦🥕🌽🥒💚 I am so inspired by the gorgeous produce grown by my dear friends at @macielfamilyorganicfarm. All of this beautiful, seasonal bounty is available at their farm stand now -- broccoli, fennel, carrots, celery, lettuces, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, fresh herbs, and SO much more. Located in Bonsall, CA, their family farm stand is open Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays from 9am-2pm (including TODAY!).
Sending you all a bit of citrusy sunshine on this Sending you all a bit of citrusy sunshine on this January Monday morning. ☀️🍋⠀
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Did you know? Limes are a good source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C & D. They improve digestion, fight off infection, lower blood sugar, and reduce inflammation. Plus they TASTE amazing! 😋 ⠀
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What is your favorite way to use limes? 🍋⠀
#CitrusSeason
All good chefs know that everything in a kitchen h All good chefs know that everything in a kitchen has its place. At 18 months old… that place was on the floor.😅😁
#FBF #That70sKitchen
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi.⠀
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I am blown away daily by the beautiful rainbow of flavors & textures that mother nature offers our palates. This is just a friendly reminder that eating for your health doesn't have to be boring! 🍎🥑🥦🥬🥒🥝🍐🍊🍋🍓🍇🍉🍌⠀
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#TasteTheRainbow #FoodGradients⠀
Amidst the chaos of 2020 I have found many blessin Amidst the chaos of 2020 I have found many blessings - one of which has been having the time to explore my abilities as a home-chef more. And it makes me smile to see that my #TopNine most-liked posts of 2020 are all photos of recipes I created at home & shared with you this year. So, here's to exploring, creating & sharing even more recipes from #TheWatsonRanch in 2021! Thank you, friends! 💛⠀
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#BestNine2020 #BestNine #TopNine2020⠀
My favorite kind of snowstorm involves LOTS of cot My favorite kind of snowstorm involves LOTS of cotija ❄️🧀 @solcocina⠀
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#SoCalLiving #TacosAreLife #CaliforniaSnowstorm ⠀