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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

Chasing The Light • Photo From Madeline Island • Apostle Islands

My wife Judy and I recently visited the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior.  On our fist day there, we took the ferry out to Madeline Island and biked around.  I hauled my camera with, but knew it would be a flat light overcast day and probably not great for pictures .  While biking to the ferry to head back to the mainland, the sun broke out of the low hanging clouds for just a couple of seconds.  Luckily we were biking past a park that had a number of sailboats moored not far from the shore.  I yelled to Judy that I would catch up with her and went off road with my bike to get down to the shore as quickly as possible.  I dumped my bike a few feet from the shore and dropped down in to the sandy beach to get as low of an angle as possible.  I had just a couple of seconds to take advantage of this amazing light that was popping a warm glow on to the water in the midst of the cool blue clouds.  As quickly as it appeared, the amazing light vanished and my artistic vision was gone, but I knew I had my shot.   As I headed back to my bike, a gentleman enjoying a beer and a family picnic in the park must have noticed my frantic rush to the shore.  As I walked past him he said to me “not a real good day for pictures, huh!”  I nodded in agreement and said maybe tomorrow, but as most photographers know blue sky, bright sun days can be great for pictures, but are also a dime a dozen.  Unique and fleeting light can set a picture apart and I think on this day I captured exactly that.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Anne - Absolutely beautiful, Mike!

Combining Landscape Photography and Architecture Photography • Green Bay Photographer

I tend to think of myself as a “people-on location” photographer.  Most of my photography has a person in it and I think I’m good at making the person look their best in photographs.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy shooting the occasional product photography or even architecture photography.  I enjoy landscape photography even if it requires taking on a chilly sunrise along the shore of Lake Michigan.  In the past few months, I was commissioned by two separate clients to do what I would call architectural landscape photography.  Both clients wanted me to shoot bridges.  One of the bridges was over the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and the client wanted a dramatic shot of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at sunset.  The other project was of a bridge – okay, maybe they are called fly over ramps – at the intersection of Highway 41 and 29 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  That client also wanted a dramatic shot of the bridge spans overlapping one another.  

For the job in Missouri, my shooting platform was a helicopter and I needed to negotiate all the hurdles aerial photography can throw at you.  I also needed to do a lot of praying that the extended weather forecast was accurate since the location was 700 miles from my home base and I only had one alternate weather date to push to if needed.  For the the Green Bay shoot, I needed to work with a crystal clear sunrise.  The first handful of mornings that I had planned to shoot the photos, the weather didn’t cooperate either because of some un-forcasted clouds or morning fog.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoots.  Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

 

Sometimes A Picture Will Slip Through The Cracks. Green Bay Sports Photographer

In the world of sports and editorial photography a nice picture can slip through the cracks.  Here is one of those photos.  The photo of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t a game story telling photo or an amazing shot, but I like it.  I think the portrait has some nice light and I love the bokeh that my Canon 400mm F 2.8 shot wide open provided for this photo.  The photo slipped through the cracks on game day , but I caught it today while archiving the 2,562 files from the game.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

 

Photos From The Green Bay Packers vs New York Jets NFL Football Game • September 14, 2014

After a terrible start to the game and digging themselves in to 21-3 hole by midway through the second quarter, the Green Bay Packers were able to pull out a 31-24 win over the New York Jets at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday September 14, 2014.  Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had a career day with 208 yards and one touchdown, capped with an 80 yard catch and run.  Here are some of my favorite photos to tell the story of the game.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson pulls a pass in as New York Jets cornerback Darrin Walls defends.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a shuttle pass to running back Eddie Lacy.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson pulls in a pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams pulls in an interception from New York Jets tight end Zach Sudfeld.

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson tries to get past Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates a touchdown with a Lambeau Leap.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones tries to pull down New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson gets past New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner and free safety Calvin Pryor on his way to an 80 yard touchdown.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson gets takes down by New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams tries to defend a touchdown pass to New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The play was called back due to the Jets calling a timeout before ball was snapped.

Jets fans react with disbelief after a touchdown pass that would have tied the game was called back.

Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Sam Shields break up a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.

Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris shakes hands with fans as he walks off the field after the Packers win.

 

 

Photos From The Green Bay Packers vs Oakland Raiders NFL Football Game • August 22, 2014

NFL preseason football isn’t just a time for the teams to finalize their rosters and knock the rust off, but it’s also a time for photographers to knock the rust off their football shooting skills.  That’s exactly what I did on Friday night, August 22nd at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin by shooting the Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders football game.  The Packers won 31-21.  I was happy enough with my photos, but I’ll need to make sure I kick it up a notch or two once the regular season starts in a few weeks.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

A Green Bay Packers fan tries to stay hydrated before the game.

Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson is greeted by Packers fans as he leaves the field after warmups. Woodson played for the Packers nd was named NFL defensive player of the year and won a Super Bowl ring while with the Packers.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy takes a hand off from Aaron Rodgers and follows his blockers in for a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy celebrates his touchdown with a Lambeau Leap.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a two point conversion in front of Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Nick Roach.

Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson tries to stop Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers.

Oakland Raiders middle linebacker Nick Roach tries to take down Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts to watching the replay of a offensive holding penalty.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers pressures Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams upends Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde returns a punt.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub gets off a pass under pressure from Green Bay Packers defensive end Josh Boyd and outside linebacker Mike Neal.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Jay Elliott blocks a Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin pass.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Jay Elliott sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy chillin on the sidelines.

A smiling Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers walks off the field after the game.