STEVEN MARTINE - FLORIDA LIFESTYLE ADVERTISING & EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
STEVEN MARTINE - is an experienced lifestyle photographer who specializes in creating outstanding visuals content for advertising, editorial and music clients around the globe. The unique editorial style of his images help tell stories, capture moments and deliver the client's message.
Steven is based in the West Palm Beach area. He is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and is available for travel everywhere.
Growing up in Portland, Steven Martine took pictures for the yearbook and rode his bicycle back and forth to school. Today, Martine takes pictures for assignments that send him around the globe and rides his bike competitively across the nation.
The Stuart resident and family man is one of the state’s top photographers, snapping photos for National Geographic and A-list country music stars including Reba, Ronnie Dunn and Clint Black. His pictures appeared as oversized murals on the first floor walls of the Palm Beach International Airport, and he has traveled to Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, India and London, (among other spots) for his work.
And when he’s not behind the camera, he’s on his bike. He completed the Tour Divide, a 2,800-mile mountain bike race from Canada to Mexico, and the Trans Am race, in which he rode 4,400 miles from Oregon to Virginia.
“I have an aunt who gave me a camera in grade school, so it was always a hobby. I was shy growing up, so it was a good buffer socially,” says Martine. “And I started pedaling in school. Portland is gorgeous and hilly. People expect to see bicycles in Portland.”
He attended Portland State University, where he considered becoming a teacher like many in his family. He worked for the college newspaper, covering everything from Presidential campaigns to college sports and environmental protests. He joined the Portland State Cycling Team and worked his way through college in restaurants.
Around that time, he met his wife, who he wooed with persistence and flowers until she agreed to date him. They married in 1994.
When he returned from the restaurant unemployed one day, it was his wife who suggested he pursue photography professionally, since “half the family budget was spent on processing film anyway,” he jokes.
So he landed a job at a suburban papers in Portland, and soon they moved to Idaho for another newspaper gig. But by the third winter, they had enough of the cold, so the family moved to Florida in 1998, with Martine working at the Vero Beach Press Journal and eventually The Stuart News. The couple had their first daughter.
By March 2004, he had been freelancing for years on the side and decided to quit the newspaper. His first day on his own, he was sitting on the couch, drinking coffee, when his wife appeared in the doorway with a positive pregnancy test (for their second daughter).
“I was unemployed for two hours, so I picked up the phone and started calling everyone I knew,” he laughs. “It’s been a hustle ever since.”
A few years ago, he got serious about cycling in an effort to get healthy. During his most recent race across the country, he raised $16,000 for cancer research in honor of a cousin who passed away.
(special thanks to friends lindsey and suzanne and their publication - stuart magazine - for the write-up)