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    Hi, I'm Mike Roemer, a commercial 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

During a recent industrial photography photo shoot near Stephenville, Texas, one of my responsibilities was to get out into the community and tell the story of the city and surrounding area. My assistant and I traveled the back roads of rural Texas between shooting for our client at a manufacturing plant and a distribution center.  We weren’t just looking for amazing BBQ, but also for photos that depict life in this part of Texas.  While editing these photos, I played around with a few of them in black and white and really liked the results.  It took me back to the early days of my photography career when all I shot was black and white.  I even had a circular outline in my back jean pocket that everyone thought was from chew, but actually was from a red filter to toss on my wide angle lens when I wanted to darken the sky.  Today I can get that same look with a little help from Photoshop, which is nice.

Here are some of my favorite shots turned black and white.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

During a recent industrial photography photo shoot near Leon, Mexico, one of my responsibilities was also to get out into the community and tell the story of the city and surrounding areas.  We traveled to an area about an hour from the plant called San Miguel de Allende.  This is a smallercity with a lot of history and a lot of American expats.  We also visited the city of Guanajuato, which is the capital of the state of Guanajuato, and picturesquely set in a narrow valley allowing for some great elevated views, dotted with colorful buildings.  The city of Leon, which is the 4th largest city in Mexico with around 1.5 million people, provided an interesting juxtaposition of old and new.

Here are some of my favorite photos from that shoot!

Thanks for looking!

Mike


During a recent industrial photography shoot in Mexico, I came away with a shot that I really like. The photo isn’t anything great technically, but a nice moment between a group of happy workers. During a break shooting environmental portraits and video interviews, I ventured around areas like offices, meeting rooms and the lunch room looking for some candid moments. While in the lunch room, I saw this group of workers who had just come in from the production floor eyeing me up and trying to figure out what I was doing. I made eye contact, smiled back, and one of them struck a pose kiddingly for a photo. I shot a couple frames as the rest of the group teased him and then I gave the international arm signal to get together in a group. My sign language worked which resulted in this wonderful, happy impromptu moment with this group of workers. I just love the smiles, the casual feel and the happiness of the group.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 38-13 in the wildcard round of the NFL football playoffs at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers will continue on to play the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round.  I think I got some nice photos of a couple of key plays – one being the Aaron Rodgers’ hail mary pass to Randall Cobb,  and the other of Clay Matthews stripping the ball from Eli Manning and recovering the fumble.  The Cobb catch happened just a few feet from my normal end zone position.  It was so close that I thought the entire gaggle of players were going to land in my lap.  I was maybe a split second late pulling up my camera to shoot since I was trying to protect my gear, but I still got a nice shot of Cobb coming down with the ball and as he started to celebrate.  With the Matthews play, I got three nice shots – first the ball coming out of Eli’s hand, then Matthews chasing after the ball and third, his celebration.  The celebration was a little subdued because Matthews was the only one even aware of what happened.  Most of the players thought it was an incomplete pass since it landed so far ahead of the line of scrimmage.  But, it wasn’t – the whistle never blew, so it was still a live ball.

So, here are my favorite photos from the game.  It will be my last NFL game of the season with the Packers playing on the road for the remainder of the playoffs.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers relaxes with a nice piece of gum before the game.

Andrew Kahlow tries to keep warm.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham runs away from Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Blake Martinez.

Green Bay Packers strong safety Micah Hyde breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson by hitting him in the ribs with the crown of his helmet. Nelson would be knocked out for the remainder of the game.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams tries to get away from New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall after a long catch and run to set up a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a touchdown pass

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb comes down in the end zone after catching a Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hail mary pass for a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates after making a touchdown reception on a hail mary pass.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King on a touchdown pass.

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery runs away from New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates his third touchdown catch on the day.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hugs Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb after connecting on three touchdown passes.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews strips the ball out of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hand to cause a fumble which Matthews would chase down and recover.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews chases down a fumble.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews celebrates his fumble recovery.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning greet each other after an NFC wild-card NFL football game the Packers won 38-13.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after defeating the New York Giants.

It’s that time of the year again to look back on the work I completed the previous year as a Midwest commercial photographer.  Here is a selection of my favorite images that I created for my clients and a few I created for myself in 2016.  Some of my biggest clients continued to be in healthcare, but I also pushed more into the world of industrial photography and that was fun, interesting and challenging.  I already have some industrial photography work scheduled for 2017 that will take me around the US and even outside of the country a few times.  The only downside to some of the industrial work is that I can’t show it – those darn confidentially agreements.  When I go through a year’s worth of work, more than a few sports photos jump out as my favorites.  Continuing to be a sports photographer is good, as I think sports photography helps you speed up your workflow both in shooting and post production.  That’s a good skill to have in all aspects of photography, whether the hat you’re wearing is as a commercial photographer, agriculture photographer, lifestyle photographer, transportation photographer or healthcare photographer.

I’d love to write more about 2016, but I need to get out there and start working on the images for my best of 2017.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

I was shooting some summer lifestyle photos for the Visitor and Convention Bureau in Manitowoc, Wisconsin when I found out that a tall ship had overnighted in their harbor. Between locations, I swung by the marina to catch this shot of the boat heading out in to lake Michigan.

A group of bikers take an early morning ride along the shore of Lake Michigan. I shot this as part of a project to help a client build a library of images for various needs.

While shooting some group and individual shots of the Green Bay women’s basketball team, I needed to get a shot of the freshman class. They just jumped out on the white seamless and did this without any direction from me.

I shot this for an industrial photography client as a continuing project to build images of their partners. I love the laughing smile and the relaxed pose she gave me.

This is a nice moment between a patient and staff that I shot for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Bartender and owner of the Wickman House, Mike Holmes, makes a Moscow Mule at the Ellison Bay, Wisconsin restaurant. This was shot while on assignment for the New York Times.

During a lifestyle shoot along the shores of Lake Michigan, the Two Rivers Fish Derby parade passed by so I grabbed a couple shots.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Randall Cobb make a young fan’s day before a Packers game.

While shooting from a lift high above the start line of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon with Lambeau Field in the background, I couldn’t pass on the great shadows cast by the early morning light.

An excited Aaron Rodgers during Green Bay Packers player introductions.

I’ve shot this photo a number of times, but I think this is my favorite one. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson spin a ball in the end zone after warm ups.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones tries to catch a squirrel that ran out on to the field in his helmet.

A young family enjoys the fall colors of Point Beach State Forest.

Cowboys Brice Butler tries to hide behind a ball boy after scoring a touchdown.

While waiting for another shot to come together during an industrial photography shoot in Illinois, I couldn’t pass on the great light on these shapes.

The Kewaunee, Wisconsin lighthouse as a super moon rises over Lake Michigan.

Verona celebrates their 69-41 win over Appleton North in their Division 1 semifinals in the WIAA girls’ state basketball championships.

I shot this photo on a getaway week in Door County, Wisconsin. As my wife, Judy, checked out a couple of stores, I strolled down to the start of the Fruit Loop Fun Run which was part of the Fish Creek Winter Festival.

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre pats himself on the head during a halftime ceremony for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This shot got a ton of likes when I posted it on Instagram. I think it evokes a memory for people of sharing time with a parent. Lee Kuehl enjoys a brat with his son, Jake at Lambeau Field before a Packers game.

Graduation at St Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. I’ve shot this event a number of times for the college and I’m always on the lookout for little moments like this.