Very few 22-year-olds can claim to have as exciting of a come-up story as Conor McDonnell does. After sneaking into a concert for the band The Subways when he was 14 years old, Conor began an exciting, prolific career in music photography that's landed him commissions for popstars like Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora. After shooting them on and offstage, in a variety of stunning, one-of-a-kind moments, McDonnell got noticed by Kanye West and photographed his wedding to Kim Kardashian in Florence (replacing Annie Leibovitz, who Kanye initially hired). Jay Z apparently likes the work Conor has done with Rita Ora, too, so we doubt this is where the road ends for him.

Here, Conor explains his favorite images in his own words. He is undoubtedly a master of capturing the perfect moment at a thrilling, emotional height. Follow him on Instagram to keep up with the exciting projects he's sure to do in the future.