For an insider view of the world’s most beautiful and exciting travel destinations, F&W asked some of our favorite online photographers to show us their cities.
For her F&W Photo Tour of London, photographer and Instagram star Leila Peterson (@dearleila) presents a visual guide to her beloved markets, shops and historic pubs. The Hawaii-born, UK-settled talent specializes in wedding, portrait and lifestyle photography and has a knack for making her subjects look cool and natural—an art that may stem from her familiarity with the medium from an early age. “My parents documented everything when I was young. They’d have a Polaroid camera with us at all times, and showed me how to use it,” she says. “Photography grew from a hobby into something I can’t see myself living without.”
Nowadays she uses a digital Canon 5D MK II for work and reserves her favorite Contax 645 and Contax T3 for personal projects. “I like both for how amazingly sharp they are, and also because I just love film,” Peterson says. Read her London guide below, as well as her tips for shooting food.