Martha Asencio-Rhine - Photographer


My love of photography was born along with my first son, who I couldn't stop making pictures of with newly-available digital cameras, five megapixels top. I transitioned to making pictures of all my family, other families, a small wedding here or there. But the pros I admired were working in photojournalism and it was those types of photos I wanted to make. I went back to school in 2014 and got a degree in journalism. Now I'm thrilled to be the rookie photographer on the multimedia team for my hometown paper. I live in St. Petersburg with my husband, two sons and two geckos. Besides photography I love to dance, spend time outdoors and read novels.

  1. Jeremiah Marbrey, 12, (right) arrives along with other students at Bay Point Middle School for the first day of school for Pinellas County students, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Sunlake High School seniors congregate on the school’s football field for Senior Sunrise and Last First Day activities during the first day of school for Pasco County Students on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Land O’ Lakes.
  3. Justice Padgett, 12, of Tampa, receives a COVID-19 vaccine by first year USF physican assistant student Zara Meadows at a back to school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa on Saturday, July 31, 2021. “She’s going to a bigger school,” Padgett’s grandmother Sabrina Taylor said about her starting middle school in the fall. “They’re not making the mask mandatory and I still want her to wear masks, she doesn’t cover her nose…I just want her to be protected.”
  4. Dead fish are transported on Southbound, Jessica and Toliver Tucker's shrimp boat, on Thursday, July 22, 2021, where Red Tide is decimating fish populations off Treasure Island.
  5. Finley, 7, poses in her domain: her messy room.
  6. "Riverside Heights Becoming"
  7. Looking up at a hibiscus bush at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
  8. A public piano located under the I-275 overpass on Central Avenue was recently painted in rainbow colors during Pride month, Monday, June 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  9. Michael Palmer and Demetrius play cards while having drinks in the water near the Courtney Campbell Trail in Clearwater on Aug. 1, 2020. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic many people turned to the outdoors to gather.