At 20 years old Hugh became Chelsea Football Club's official photographer, a post he held for for 10 years before relocating to Cornwall, from where he now works as a reportage photojournalist on long term projects for his clients. 

Hugh is the primary Getty Images editorial photojournalist for Cornwall with image credits in all the major national newspaper titles and many overseas including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

He is a Sony brand ambassador and full-time working member of the UK media and accredited by the BPPA - The British Press Photographers' Association. 

Among his long term image-based projects are original photography and archive development for the Duchy of Cornwall documenting their Nansledan project at Newquay.

Maintaining his work for Chelsea FC, since 2008 he also provides digital asset management services and picture archive services to the club.

Hugh is a TEDx speaker (2018), TEDx mentor (2019), a speaker for the ShelterBox disaster relief charity and Sony, and in previous years for Leica and Panasonic. Over the last seven years Hugh has greatly enjoyed meeting other photographers of all kinds and ages while giving public talks on photography at locations including London Olympia, the Brighton Fringe and overseas talks in Vienna and Palma Mallorca plus multiple appearances at the annual Photography Show, NEC Birmingham from 2016.

Away from his camera Hugh paddle-boards and swims all year round off the Cornish coast and is the author of a Cornwall-based children's thriller called 'High Tide' (Mabecron Books 2012). His father, Ronald Hastings - shown below, second left - was  a Fleet Street journalist and for many years the Theatre Correspondent and then the TV previewer for The Daily Telegraph.

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"I have saved the pictures in my file, they look really amazing! Thanks again!!"  Alice Piccinin, Meetings & Events Manager, Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa, April 2019

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