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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.

It’s Friday and I’m in the mood for a Mezze ✨
 #MezzePlatter #GoBigOrGoHome #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch
Welcome, Autumn 🍂🤎🍁 Bring on the cozy swe Welcome, Autumn 🍂🤎🍁 Bring on the cozy sweaters, fires in the fireplace, changing leaves, pumpkins & gourds. And, of course, tummy-warming comfort foods 🧡 Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox today with a dish inspired by Fall, my favorite season. A Delicata Squash, Sweet Potato & Red Onion Gratin: sliced thin, topped with Gruyère, and baked in @temeculaoliveoilcompany Roasted Garlic Olive Oil with sage & thyme. #ThisIsFall #TheWatsonRanch #AutumnVibes
If you like ceviche, then you NEED this recipe by If you like ceviche, then you NEED this recipe by Chef @jojosd66 in your life. Had so much fun cooking, styling & shooting this incredible dish for the latest issue of San Diego Magazine 💞 #Repost @sandiegomag:
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Our latest issue is full of recipes from some of our favorite local chefs so you can enjoy the best tastes of the season. Try this local halibut ceviche from from Chef @jojosd66, Executive Chef of @sereasandiego at Hotel @delcoronado and @lionfishsd at @pendrysandiego. JoJo was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader for his restaurants’ sustainable seafood practices. Find the recipe in the link in bio!
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Feeling so very grateful to have completed my 42nd Feeling so very grateful to have completed my 42nd trip around the Sun today 💞 Lots of learning, growing, accepting, stretching, loving, grounding & centering this year. Today I meditated and had this thought: Life isn’t about making it be what you “want” — It’s about accepting it as it is, and making each moment more beautiful because it touched you. ✨ So tonight’s birthday dinner was about taking my time, appreciating the abundance I have to be thankful for, and focusing on the beauty & joy I find in cooking nourishing food that feeds both my body & soul. 
•”Anthony Bourdain-Style” Tahini-Miso Cauliflower & Carrots
• Lemon-Roasted Brussels Sprouts 
• Garlic-Parmesan Creamed Kale
• Black Lentils & Fresh Avocado
• And of course, Prosecco! 🍾🥂

#cheers #thewatsonranch #gratitude
This Grilled Cauliflower that I shot for the lates This Grilled Cauliflower that I shot for the latest issue of San Diego Magazine is hands-down one of the BEST recipes I’ve ever cooked - I could have taken a bath in @chefbwise’s Curry Vinaigrette & made a shower cap out of that Serrano Aioli I loved it so much 🙌🤤 HOLY cauliflower, Batman. (Grab the latest issue or visit sandiegomagazine.com for the full recipe!) #Repost @sandiegomag:
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We rounded up 11 recipes to cook at home during your late summer quarantine, like this Grilled Cauliflower from @chefbwise of @trustrestaurantsd. Head to the link in bio for the recipe!
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#sandiegomagazine #sandiegomag #sdeats #eatsandiego #bestdamncauliflower
Labor Day Weekend BBQ goals 🔥 I had so much fun Labor Day Weekend BBQ goals 🔥 I had so much fun cooking, styling & shooting these recipes for the Aug/Sept issue of @sandiegomag. On newsstands now! #Repost @sandiegomag:
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That attempt to make sourdough at home can always wait. Bask in the waning days of summer by firing up the grill or digging into a cool bowl of ceviche instead. We rounded up recipes from some of our favorite local chefs so you can enjoy the tastes of the season. First up, Citrus and Soy Carne Asada from Carlo Guardado @cfguardado of @smalltownfallbrook. Grab an August issue for the recipe!
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SO proud of all that my brother @taclinard is doin SO proud of all that my brother @taclinard is doing with his online wine boutique @brixandbarrel to support local Fresno-area restaurants and frontline workers during this difficult time with #WineRelief. Check out details below and be sure to tune into FACEBOOK live this Wednesday at 8pm PST to support! Helping businesses in need thrive just by purchasing some amazing wine? Yes, please! Sign me UP! ❤️🍷
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WINE RELIEF👇
This Wednesday @ 8pm on Facebook Live. Come support essential workers AND local restaurants by drinking wine. We’ll be tasting wine with the team from @feedthefrontlinesfresno and selling wine LIVE. And the best part is ALL PROFIT FROM SALES GOES TO THEIR MISSION. Link in profile.

#feedthefrontline #feedthefrontlinesfresno #brixandbarrel #winerelief #wine
Sunday Supper on The Watson Ranch tonight courtesy Sunday Supper on The Watson Ranch tonight courtesy of my beautiful friend @beekeepingmama of @desertbloomfarm, who dropped off this incredible home-gown & home-cooked meal for our family today, “just because” ❤️🙏🏻✨ It’s hard to express gratitude for such generosity. Especially during a time when there is so much negativity out there in the world, it made this selfless gesture & nourishing meal just that much more special. Thank you, Anna Maria! 
•Cherry Tomato Galette• 
•Gazpacho•
•Nopales Tacos with pickled carrots, fresh avocado & rice• 🙏🏻✨ #FarmToTable #DesertBloomFarm #HomeCookedMeal #Gratitude
Onions au Gratin with aromatic herbs 🧅🌿 Made Onions au Gratin with aromatic herbs 🧅🌿 Made with the most beautiful sweet onions from @macielfamilyorganicfarm, baked in white wine & cream and topped with Parmesan & Gruyere. Amazing as a side dish, or just all on their own! #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch #BakedOnions
Watson Ranch mornings ☀️ Two weeks ago our be Watson Ranch mornings ☀️ 
Two weeks ago our beloved sow Emily gave birth to nine beautiful piglets. I love getting to spend these quiet morning moments with them - it’s such a privilege 💞 #MamaAndSon #Pigs #TheWatsonRanch #vietnamesepotbellypig
Friday vibes⚡️🖤⚡️#Repost @fableandspiri Friday vibes⚡️🖤⚡️#Repost @fableandspirit:
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Friday feast, anyone? 🍴
We open up for dinner on the patio at 5pm!🐰 
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Last night we had a homemade pizza party here on T Last night we had a homemade pizza party here on The Watson Ranch & this is basically my idea of Pizza Heaven ✨🤤 Made-from-scratch @jovialfoods Einkorn dough, homemade roasted @macielfamilyorganicfarm tomato sauce, whole milk ricotta, shredded mozzarella & fresh garden basil all baked to a crispy perfection in our home oven on the @bakingsteel and topped with a generous drizzle of @temeculaoliveoilcompany extra virgin olive oil 🙌 Nommmmmmmmm. #HomeCooking #TheWatsonRanch #PizzaNight
Because when somebody tells me it’s #NationalCho Because when somebody tells me it’s #NationalChocolateChipCookieDay, you KNOW I’m all over it like white on rice! 🍪😛 Time for homemade soft-in-the-middle, crunchy-around-the-edges, ooey-gooey-hot-from-the-oven Watson Ranch cookie deliciousness 🍪❤️ (Bonus points for baking with protein-rich @jovialfoods Einkorn wheat flour, raw coconut sugar, and decadent @lilys_sweets Dark Chocolate baking chips - aka, zero refined sugars, and ALL the yummmms 😋😋😋) #HomeBaked #ChocolateChipCookies  #TheWatsonRanch
Now THIS looks like the perfect way to celebrate # Now THIS looks like the perfect way to celebrate #NationalWatermelonDay today - the Quarantini (available to-go!) from @hendrixoc 🍉🍉🍉 
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Hendrix To Go! Take our Quarantini home with you — it’s the perfect Summer Cocktail! Our Quarantini features Watermelon, Cranberry, Lime Sour and Vodka... and if you’re gonna chill at home, you may as well be sipping on something amazing. Order it for curbside pick-up at hendrix2go.com.
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#quarantini #summercocktails #hendrixoc
Cheers to the weekend! 💜☀️ #sponsored The Cheers to the weekend! 💜☀️
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The first day of August feels like a perfect day for a classic @empress1908gin Windsor Garden cocktail 💦 Empress 1908 is micro-distilled in British Columbia, Canada in small batch copper-pot stills using eight botanicals, including butterfly pea blossom which imparts earthy notes & an all-natural indigo hue. With the addition of tonic or citrus,  though, it transforms from vivid indigo blue into a delicate soft pink! Summertime in a glass. 💞 Find the Windsor Garden recipe at empressgin.com. #CheersToTheWeekend 

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#EmpressGin #EmpressCA #EmpressAtHome
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of avocados It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of avocados 🥑 (I’m even lucky enough to live in the “Avocado Capital of the World,” Fallbrook, California!💚) So you know that I’m celebrating #NationalAvocadoDay today & cooking-up this amazing recipe from my friends at the Hass Avocado Board @loveonetoday for Avocado Cauliflower Rice 😋 Get the recipe at https://loveonetoday.com/recipe/avocado-cauliflower-rice/. #LoveOneToday #HealthyFats #Avocado #Avocados