Hello! I’m Paulo del Valle and I’m a 29-year-old Travel & Commercial Photographer from Brazil. I was born in Rio de Janeiro, which I consider one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I spent my whole childhood thinking I was going to be a doctor, since I have a family full of doctors. After I finished High School, I studied to be a doctor for 2 years. I wanted to be just like my father, a Cardiologist. It turns out that other things were making more sense to me than being a doctor. I’ve always been creative and while I was studying, I was also creating. That’s when it hit me: I had to be something else. I had to create.
That’s when I started college studying Design, more specifically creating apps for smartphones and also websites. That was the time when I started using Instagram and it was just for fun. I wasn’t a photographer and I had no idea how to take good photos. In the beginning I was just taking photos of random things and with time I was improving myself. Since I live in such a beautiful city, I started using my iPhone to show Rio de Janeiro to everyone that followed me and that’s how I started being noticed. I was getting better at taking pictures and I started to see my number of followers increasing so much, that I had to take photography a step further. So I started studying photography by myself, reading books and watching videos on the internet. A few months later I bought a nice camera and could really see a big improvement in my photos after everything I had learned.
After 3 years using Instagram, I had over 200.000 followers and that’s when things started happening for me. I was getting attention from the media and started receiving emails with a lot of opportunities. In 2012 I started a clothing brand with some friends from college and kept working on that while I was still in college. It was such a fun experience to create something that people really liked it. I kept working with that for about 2 years but then Instagram became something so big in my life that I had to choose one. I chose to be an Instagrammer.
I started working professionally as a photographer creating content exclusively for some big brands on Instagram and traveling around the world promoting tourism destinations. It’s so crazy to think that none of this would happen if it weren’t for Instagram, that changed my life forever. I went from being a design student to a well known photographer in the Instagram community, which gave me the chance to work with so many incredible people, to make amazing friends from all over and explore the world.
I had always been that person that was afraid of traveling alone and getting out there, in this big and beautiful world. Thanks to my new line of work, I get to travel to many amazing places and finally lost this fear of exploring the world by myself. I wanna go everywhere, meet everyone, taste a little bit of everything and experience many different cultures. I want to share my experiences with my hundreds of thousands of followers and take them all with me, making them feel as if they were right there with me. That’s the beauty of Instagram, which is such an amazing community of people that share this passion for photography. The best part is that this community gets the chance to meet each other through instameets that happen all over the world.
I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Only time will tell. All I know is that Instagram made who I am today and I’ve been enjoying every single second of it. I never know where adventure will take me next, but I’m always ready for it. Now I’m a citizen of the world. I belong out there.