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Among the many hidden gems in London there is one that completely floored me this morning when I attended the UK launch of The Cultivist held at the Leighton House Museum.  Immediately upon entry I was captivated by the wall of Turkish blue tiles and the overall elegance of an entirely different time and place. The […]

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  • (Ahem) Just commenting everywhere because I love this post so much… You should go back for one of their Sunday tours – they are fantastic. I had no idea what a big figure Leighton was for the UK. Apparently his funeral was almost as well attended as Churchill’s (!) and the wing that houses the jewellery in the V&A is named after him.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Oh thanks for the heads up on the Sunday tours, I’m definitely going to go back soon!ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow, how have I never heard of this place? It looks so beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That’s what I kept saying when I was there, I never knew it existed! Definitely worth a visit.ReplyCancel

  • sabrina

    Totally loved this post! you write so well…and your pictures….well, I told you that too many times already, they are just amazing! <3

    Thanks for the pic too…I don't look as bad as I normally do 😛ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That means so much to me, thanks Sabrina! Writing is harder for me so I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] Candid’s by Jo took some gorgeous photos of Leighton House Museum and made me really want to […]ReplyCancel

  • I’ve seen photos of this place before and it’s really amazing!!!! That’s what I love the most about london, is how many secret London’s are out there to be explored 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Brings to mind that quote “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” 😉ReplyCancel

I’ve been on the go lately as wanderlust has inevitably crept in to my spring and now summer plans. And since the Brit has some time off in between jobs we are looking forward to touring Vietnam and driving through New England over the next few weeks. On the days that we’re both home I’ve been […]

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  • Yum! That looks great!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! Super easy to throw together 😉ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for the recipe. The Boursin Shallots & Chive with radishes & olives look very tasty and eye-catching. I like the way you layer sliced radishes on the soft cheese. The colour of the fresh radishes is so lovely and it brings me the taste of summer.ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I traded one grand city for another.  Joined by two other freelance friends, Christine & Kathy, we strolled through one arrondissement to the next over five days to take in Paris.  We couldn’t have picked a better week to be free from our day to day distractions and fuel up on our collective creative […]

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  • Beautiful photos Jo – especially that vast one of Paris stretching up to Montmatre. Paris is a city I love and despite 1000s of work trips there have only recently began to explore it as a tourist. I’ll be back to check out your suggestions soon!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you get to visit soon! Go up the Arc de Triomphe for that view of Montmatre, it’s amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Such a beautiful post Jo! So dreamy and poetic that it really makes me want to jump on a train and go to Paris tomorrow! I’ve never been to Paris yet! Love your writing too. I will definitely use your tips when I finally get myself over to Paris one day! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Sarka! I highly recommend going in June 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Yee

    Great pics!ReplyCancel

  • Hey Jo, just stopping by to say hello and what a fab adventure! Lovely pictures as usual. RxReplyCancel

A man peered through Lyle’s large windows as I pointed my large lens at a lone tomato.  It must have been a funny sight to see 13 people in an otherwise empty restaurant with cameras strapped around their necks and one particularly photogenic tomato on a table.  What is this madness?

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  • Such a fantastic day Jo, so a heartfelt thanks to you, Sarka and Olia. I’m so impressed with your first go at a video. A new career (Oh no not again I hear you cry! beckons??)
    Can’t wait for the next one…
    Ceri xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks so much for joining us! Haha, I’ll pass on the new career but I guess never say never!ReplyCancel

  • it looks amazing Jo! So happy it went well and yes, the light at Lyle’s is simply the best! I will come to the next one if I’m still around.
    You go girl! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s hard to take a bad picture there 😉 And yes, would love to have you when you’re not jetsetting around the world!ReplyCancel

  • It looks amazing!Ohhh and the light-WOW!!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The light in that restaurant is always inspiring 🙂ReplyCancel

  • This looks like a great class – are you planning on hosting another one anytime soon?
    What lens / camera do you use and or recommend ?

    xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hi Laura – we’re likely to plan one for the autumn. I’ve added you to our list once we have dates scheduled. As for camera & lens I use a Canon 5D Mark 3 for food photography with mostly prime lenses 50mm, 85mm and 100mm macros.ReplyCancel

  • Hi! This looks so fun and it was such a great idea. I just started a food blog myself and I cook, “style” and take all my pictures…but I know they can be better. Please let me know when will be the next workshop, I’d LOVE to attend.ReplyCancel

  • Marta

    I’d love to attend your Food and lifestyle photography workshop this year. Is there a chance you’ll organise similar ones soon?ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Hi Marta – I don’t have any plans to but will add your details to our existing list of people who’d like to attend future workshops. Will keep you posted!ReplyCancel

Bonjour! I just want to say a quick hello from Paris and share a few images of the One Fine Stay home my friends and I have been staying in over the last few days.  If you haven’t heard of One Fine Stay you’d do well to hop on their website and browse the hundreds of beautiful […]

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Step into the Wellcome Collection and you’ll be greeted by a bronze statue standing upside down from the ceiling.  You won’t be able to help but laugh.  It just looks so funny standing there!  Within a minute of entering the building I was already pleasantly surprised by the Wellcome Collection. For years I resisted visiting, even though […]

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  • The Cutty Sark in Greenwich has a great cafe – it’s all simple food but it’s yummy and the service is top notch. Just don’t go during summer holidays! Plus you can sit up the front of the DLR and pretend you’re driving it (which never got old after three years living on the DLR line)ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Oh I had just passed the cafe the other day! Will have to stop by next time to try it … and pretend DLR drive of course 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!ReplyCancel

The long dormant calligraphy enthusiast in me leapt back to life last Friday when I attended a 2 1/2 hr Modern Calligraphy 101 workshop led by Chiara Perano at the London Town Hall Hotel’s photogengic restaurant, Corner Room.  After a few attempts at learning calligraphy on my own through books, I packed all my tracing paper, writing instruments, ink […]

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  • I have terrible handwriting so I don’t think I’d be very good at calligraphy but I’ve always wanted to take a class! I’ve seen some of your photos on Twitter and I think you’re picking it up really quickly!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Jade, I’ve been practicing every morning! The good news is that you don’t need to have good handwriting to excel in calligraphy -thank goodness 🙂 I highly recommend a class if it’s something you’re interested in. It’s pretty therapeutic too.ReplyCancel