Oakland, California photographer Maria del Rio struggled to launch her career after nine years as a  photo assistant . “I was too nervous to say I’m a photographer,” she says. “It felt like bragging or showing off. Mentally I was holding myself back for a really long time.”

Four years ago, she finally gained the confidence she needed through an internship at Refinery29  when she was 30. She saw one of their ads for photo interns, and jumped on it. “They said, ‘We usually hire people who are still in school.’” But Del Rio had always dreamed of shooting for the online women’s magazine, so she talked her way in. – Read the full article – PDN