How did you get into photography?

It all started with Flickr back in 2006. The community inspired and challenged me to take photos every day... and this was pre-smartphones when we had to physically plug in our cameras to upload! I bought my first DSLR during my last year at university because I wanted to take nice portraits of my friends at graduation. I was studying Maths and Economics, then started pursuing a career in finance. I was good at it, sure, but my heart was never in it. I finally summoned the courage to quit and start over as a freelance photographer in 2013.

What's your "day job"?

Wedding photography! In 2009 a friend got married and asked me to be the photographer. I was so nervous I barely slept the night before, but it turned out okay in the end. A colleague saw the gallery on Facebook and said "these are great, shoot my wedding!" and that just kept snowballing until I accepted I had a bit of talent. I've had the honour of photographing around 100 weddings, and absolutely love my job. See my wedding stuff here.

A pet hedgehog? Really?

Yes. I'm probably remembered as "the one with the pygmy hedgehog" more than anything else. Her name is Bramble. She was born in June 2013, and is a little weirdo who loves armpits and leather gloves. I wrote a blog post here to talk about some pros and cons if you're thinking about it. Be a responsible pet owner and do lots of research first, please.

Where should I eat in London?

From Artusi in Peckham for incredible Mediterranean food, to Yami in New Malden for the best Korean fried chicken... food is the #1 reason I can't tear myself away from living in London. I made this map of my favourite places.

What camera should I buy?

My first proper camera was the now-extinct Canon 450D, and I kept the 50mm f/1.8 lens on it 99% of the time. If you're serious about learning photography techniques, invest in a DSLR that's in the £300-350 region and force yourself to shoot in 'manual' mode. Take good care of your gear, then you can sell it on when you're ready to upgrade. I'm completely self-taught using the Internet. If I can do it, so can you. I recently discovered Fat Lama – a sharing platform to rent camera gear from other photographers (instead of faceless corporations). I've started lending out my film camera so it's not just gathering dust on the shelf. If you'd like to try Fat Lama, you can sign up via this link to get £25 credit.

Can you teach me?

I occasionally teach workshops on both DSLR and smartphone photography. The most recent was part of the Creating For Good conference in London. Follow me over on Instagram or Twitter to be notified of upcoming courses.

How do you edit your photos?

I edit my DSLR photography using Lightroom and Photoshop. My favourite apps for editing on my smartphone are Priime for their filters, Snapseed for general tweaks, and SKRWT for correcting skew.

Can you review my thing?

I'm rather picky and will only take on select products and experiences – trips, restaurants, etc. – if I think they are a good fit for my lifestyle and audience. Email hello@charlottehu.co if you think we can collaborate.

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