A homegrown San Diegan, Anita is a San Diego based artist, photographer, food blogger and journalist, who, as the daughter of a man who cooked professionally, discovered at an early age the meditative properties of preparing meals, exploring recipes and creating her own. Entertaining and sharing her culinary adventures has become a passion, one she combines with all the other creative outlets. A true Thirsty Girl from a young age, combining passions with food, wine, and entertaining.
Anita (Ani) began her career straight out of college by freelancing for commercial studios as a photographer’s assistant and stylist for food, product and fashion shoots while working steadily as a custom printer at a professional lab.
In 1989 Ani joined the photo department of the San Diego Union-Tribune as a deadline color printer. Her art background drew many of the staff photographer’s to her for critical feedback eventually earning her a promotion to photo editor. An early pioneer at the newspaper in Adobe Photoshop, she embraced this tool that allowed her to combine her painting, design and photographic skills to creatively express editorial content. She took several staff photographer’s under her wing and guided them on their own journey towards creative expression using this powerful new program. As a features photo editor from 1992 – 2006 her charge was the vision, development and execution of all photographic content for Sunday Arts, Night & Day, Travel, Food, Street, Dining Guide and Passport sections. She also guided and aided with the management of the photographers assigned to Special Sections.
As a visual person, Ani is always searching for innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative problem solving while encouraging those she leads to follow suit. An award-winning illustrator and photographer, she wrote and lead a workshop at the National Press Photographer Association’s Women in Photojournalism Conference in 2002 on Photoshop illustration techniques and keeping the creative spirit alive.
At the end of 2006, Ani began a new chapter, this new chapter provides her the opportunity to be on the Food section team as designer and photo editor helping to shape coverage of the local and national food and wine scene. Often Ani also recreates recipes, spending time prop shopping, styling and shooting them as accompanying art for freelance and wire stories that grace the cover of the section.
In 2007, Ani combined a few of her biggest passions – photography, cooking, writing, teaching – and started Confessions of a Foodie, a blog chronicling her food experiments, family traditions, and bits of her creative life. Recently, Ani was asked to join the Tree.com family as a Featured Contributing Writer for the company’s newly launched Food & Dining Channel blog.
Ani’s free time is spent meandering through thrift shops for food shoot props, perusing cookbooks, food blog stalking, photographing the sites and sounds of her native city. Thirsty Girl LIVE is so excited to embrace San Diego tonight and encounter more Thirsty Girls as passionate as Ani, cheers!
Confessions of a Foodie is at http://foodieconfessions.blogspot.com/