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    Hi, I'm Mike Roemer, a commercial, corporate, industrial, agriculture and editorial photographer based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    I've lived the photography business since childhood, first tagging along during my father's long newspaper photography career before ever carrying my own camera gear. My interest grew as I watched the fascinating process of my dad making black and white images appear while shaking trays of chemicals under the red lights of a developing room.

    My professional career started with a ten-year stint as a newspaper photographer meeting tight deadlines, adapting to curve balls and making the famous and not-so-famous comfortable in front of my lens.

    I returned to Green Bay in the mid-1990s to start my own business, and now regularly travel around the U.S. and internationally for my clients. I enjoy the creative challenge of combining unusual angles, lighting and lens options to produce the perfect commercial image.

    I've won first place awards in Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Best of Photojournalism and National Headliners, along with being a three-time winner in the Pro Football Hall of Fame photo contest.

    I love the variety of projects I get to work on, from healthcare organization and foundation annual reports, high-energy casino and gaming shoots, industrial projects at locations as diverse as cheese manufacturers and steel plants, to corporate culture assignments and documenting the Green Bay Packers.

    Thanks for looking!

    Mike

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a agriculture photography project at a dairy farm near Denmark, Wisconsin. My goal is to build up my agriculture photography work for my web site and my agriculture stock photography library. Old Settlers Dairy, run by brothers David and Don Schlies, has been nice enough to let me hangout and shoot photos when I have time. I’ve only been out a few times, but I’ve already made some nice photos and learned a few things about farming.

Last night I was out shooting some planting when I saw David’s son Jeremy washing an old tractor with his friend, Casey. They are both juniors at Denmark High School and Casey also works at the farm. After a brief chat, I found out that they were washing that tractor and two more to get ready for “Take Your Tractor To School Day” at the high school. They cleaned up a total of 3 tractors: one for Jeremy, one for Casey, and one tractor for Jeremy’s mom, Julie, who teaches in Denmark. I couldn’t pass up that photo opportunity. Here are some of my favorite photos from the event, beginning with the shot of the two of them washing the tractor.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Jeremy Schlies and Casey Tisler wash a tractor at Old Settlers Dairy for the next days “Take Your Tractor To School Day” at Denmark High School.

Jeremy does a little last minute touchup before heading out.

Julie Schlies is all smiles as she heads out on her tractor.

Tractors caravan down a rural road near Denmark as they head to a meeting spot to gather with the other students and faculty.

Students watch other tractors pull in to the meeting spot before heading to the high school.

Students and their tractors gather at the McDonalds in Denmark, Wisconsin before caravanning to the high school.

Tractors caravan down main street in Denmark, Wisconsin as they head to the school on “Take Your Tractor To School Day”.

Students drove tractors of all sizes.

Students gather for a photo before heading in to class.

 

 

Here are some of my favorite photos from a Wisconsin lifestyle photography project I just completed.  The story is focused on a friend of mine by the name of Brad Allen and the making of maple syrup.  Brad is the sixth generation of the Allen family to make maple syrup and the fourth generation to tap the maple trees on this plot of land north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Brad, with the help of his wife Jude, is teaching the process to his twin sons, Sean and Seth, in hopes that they will take over the family tradition some day.  Just like in previous generations, there is a spirit of community here, with friends and family stopping by to help when they can. You can tell Brad values the tradition and loves being out in the woods making the syrup.  He applies a very old school process to making syrup and pays respect to the generations before him by tapping a few trees each year using the hand tools of the prior generations.  Brad’s dad passed away a few years ago, but one of his dad’s “crew”, Gene who is in is eighties, still helps. I ventured out to the sugar bush to document the process from beginning to end – from tapping the maple trees to evaporating the sap to syrup.  To process the sap, Brad uses the same 220 gallon wood fired evaporator that his father used;  in here, the sap boils until it becomes syrup.  The average ratio of sap to syrup is 40 gallon of sap to make 1 gallon of finished syrup.  This year they tapped 86 trees, collected around 600 gallons of sap and made 13 gallons of syrup. On the final weekend of the season for the Allen family, Brad’s siblings from around the country came to be part of the tradition; even his mom stopped out.  You could tell it was emotional for her to come out to the property with all the memories associated with the land and family tradition. 

I greatly enjoyed shooting this project and being with Brad, his family and his friends, documenting their family tradition.  It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors after a long Wisconsin winter.  My wife Judy and I tap a handful of trees on our own property and continue a tradition she learned growing up on her family farm.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

In honor of national puppy day, I’d like to tell you about a story I recently did for Guidepost magazine on an wonderful young man. The man is know as the Mayor of Muttland Meadows. He is Caleb Griswold and Muttland Meadows is a private dog park in Grafton, Wisconsin. Caleb loves the dogs that visit the park as much as they love him; their mutual affection is obvious. Caleb is 17 and still in high school, but he can be found at the dog park volunteering just about any time he isn’t at school. Caleb greets visitors to the park – dogs and owners alike – by name. Caleb can be found walking through the park wearing a work belt around his waist loaded with poop bags, bug repellent, sunscreen and dog leashes. He pulls a wagon loaded with milk jugs to fill the water bowls around the park.

Caleb does this all on his own, which is amazing given some of the challenges Caleb has. He was born with cerebral swelling and a disorder that affects the connection between the hemispheres of his brain.

I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon with Caleb and witness first hand the love between Caleb and the dogs.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Caleb and his mom Laura.

I love the mix of lifestyle photography with my other commercial photography and corporate photography projects.  One of my continuing projects is to help the Manitowoc Visitor and Convention Bureau build a library of images of people enjoying Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  The area has lighthouses, marinas, plenty of parks, historical villages, sand beaches and endless scenic views of Lake Michigan. It can be a challenge to coordinate my schedule with the most scenic winter days – even more challenging to coordinate that with people / models for a last minute shoot.  Just when I thought our chance of having more scenic winter days this year was over, we got hit with a very pretty snow fall early last week.  I reached out to my contact at the Visitor and Convention Bureau, who reached out to his contacts at Pincecrest Historical Village and they reached out to a family they thought would be awesome subjects for a gorgeous winter afternoon photo shoot.  The shoot came together better than I could have hoped; the family was amazing and very visually friendly.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

I love working as a casino and gaming photographer.  For me to be a happy commercial photographer and corporate photographer, I need to shoot a variety of subjects; being able to pull out my casino photographer and gaming photographer skills makes me very happy.  One of my favorite commercial photography projects is casino photography. Here are some of my favorite gaming photography photos from a recent shoot with one of my favorite gaming ad agencies / casino ad agencies, Gaga Marketing and one of my favorite creatives, Mark Elmore.  This shoot was for Ocean Downs Casino near Ocean City, Maryland.  Shooting photos on an active casino floor always has it challenges and requires some planning to make sure you don’t run into problems. Luckily, my assistant for this shoot, Matt Ludtke, and I have done a number of these type of projects over the years, so we knew what to expect and prepared accordingly.  We had a great group of models that gave us the high energy feel the agency and the casino wanted, so in the end we got photos we’re proud of and ones that made the client happy.

Thanks for looking!

Mike