Dropping out of a management and IT course was the best thing Matthew Lloyd ever did for his career. Landing his first big break after winning The Times’ Young Photographer of the Year competition, he embarked on a six month placement in London. “I was told to forget everything I’d learned on my first job and to just go take good pictures,” he tells us. Based in Harrogate, today, Matthew works as a commercial and editorial photographer for publications and clients such as Bloomberg, The Guardian and Sunday Times Magazine, and Land Rover. Often tasked with photographing celebrities, the likes of Renée Zellweger, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren and even Tony Blair have all sat in front of his lens. And he’s even been sent to China by British business services group, Rentokil, to shoot business services in a creative way. Here, Matthew tracks his career journey thus far – from starting out in a press agency in Newcastle to winning three prestigious Young Photographer of the Year awards in two years.