Hi, we're Rainer and Julie Martens. We rediscovered photography with the advent of digital photography and available time as we entered retirement . We especially enjoy wildlife and landscape photography, which complements our passion for the outdoors. We're hikers, bikers, swimmers, and softball players.
Rainer was a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign for 16 years. He worked with Olympic teams as a sport psychologist, and founded the American Sport Education Program, the leading coaching education program in the United States. He started Human Kinetics in 1974, which is the world's largest publisher of physical activity and health education resources. For the last ten years his passion has turned to softball. He coaches and plays on the Florida Legends 70+ senior softball team, the winningest slow pitch softball team in the U. S. . In 2009 he was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame.
A three-sport athlete at Purdue, Julie obtained her PhD in sport psychology at the University of Illinois in 1977 and was the first employee at the fledgling Human Kinetics. After 30 years of helping the company prosper, she retired in 2008 as its executive Vice President. Married in 1992, Julie and Rainer have enjoyed traveling around the world and photographing its wonders.
Select the Photo Gallery to view our best photos from our photography. Select Slide Shows to accompany us in our travels through photos and music. For friends and family select that label above to see a selection of photos, and for our softball teammates and friends select Softball to see the our adventures on the diamond.