21 Stunning Photos Taken By A 15-Year-Old Instagram Photographer

Ryan Parillo is regarded as a prodigy when it comes to his work behind the camera lens.

The 15-year-old (yep, born in 1998) first picked up a camera at age 7, taking photos of random things around his house. He didn’t have any technical skill, of course, but by trial and error he would figure out what worked and what didn’t based on the outcome of his snapping.

A few years later, his parents surprised him with a Canon DSLR, but it was too overwhelming to learn. His parents told him that unless he took the camera seriously and really learned how to use it, he couldn’t bring it out of the house. Discouraged, Parillo’s interest in photography began to fade.

Until the day his sister got an iPod Touch and with it, an app called Instagram.

He soon made an account for himself (@Novess on Instagram) and fell right back in love with photography again. He learned how to use the Canon, and joined a community of Instagrammers in New York, building his following as he posted his photos, some taken with his Canon and some taken on the app.

Parillo uses Instagram as a platform to promote his website, where he sells prints of his stunning photos, mostly of urban backdrops.

You can visit his site and purchase his work here at NovessPhoto and see his awesome Instagram feed here.

Parillo says ultimately, he’d like to study photography in college, and then build a consulting business where he works with brands to promote them on Instagram.

Ryan Parillo is only 15-years-old.

But he has had an eye for what makes a good photo...

...ever since he picked up a camera when he was 7-years-old.

A few years later, his parents gave him a Canon DSLR.

He wasn't allowed to leave the house with it...

...until he actually learned to use it. Which he didn't.

When his sister got an iPod Touch, Parillo discovered Instagram.

He signed up quickly.

Soon he was joining NYC-based photo communities thanks to the people he was following on the app.

He'd meet them at Insta-meetups, and some of them would even go out photographing together.

Parillo isn't limited to photos of New York City.

He takes his camera wherever he goes.

After he developed a strong following on the photo-sharing app...

...Parillo realised he could create a website where he could sell prints of his work.

Instagram, he figured, was like free advertising for his site.

So he created NovessPhoto.com, and makes money selling his work.

Parillo is an extremely ambitious teenager.

He hopes to one day work with brands to create Instagram and photography campaigns.

He says it's been amazing to meet so many Instagrammers he admires, and it encourages him to keep following his dreams.

The photos he's selling aren't mass-produced; they're limited edition prints.

And Parillo is sure this is just the beginning for a long career in photography and social media.

Did you know people make real money by Instagramming?

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