As we circle back around for another edition of Behind the Moment, we’re teaming up with incredible photographer Gabe Shaddow. He’s worked with some of your favorite artists across the musical plane and traveled around the globe with Ty Dolla $ign.

Shaddow, 25, photographer and creative director for Ty Dolla $ign & THMVMNT, was born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. He began shooting Jackass-style and skate videos on his VHS camera in middle school and quit for a long period of time before popping right back into his destined life, saying, “If you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it wasn’t.”

Photography was his escape after a bad relationship. He would sneak into shows and make press passes; whatever he could do to capture moments of his favorite artists. Eventually, he was given several opportunities and learned to boss up and run a full-time business as a director and photographer.

“I’m really determined that whatever I do, I’ll succeed and strive to be the best I can be. Whatever you set your mind to is possible; it’s just the willpower behind it. Through the roller coasters of life, we all have a path, so stick to it or find another passion. One quote I remember is: ‘Eventually people stop saying ‘no,’ so why give up?’ If you want something, go get it.”

Gabe Shaddow has a lot of big things coming. Keep him on your radar and follow him for more!