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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.

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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.

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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.


Stock Photography Of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

A few weekends ago my wife Judy and I visited the Pictured Rocks area of Lake Superior near Munising, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the first time.  The trip reminded me of two things:  one, that this area of the Midwest has some amazingly scenic areas;  and two, that I need to get back out and capture this beauty with my camera.  I say get back out because that was something I did a lot of earlier in my career.  When I first started my freelance photography career, my schedule and my life wasn’t as hectic as it is now.  But despite challenges, I need to get back out there and shoot these type of photos because they help me recharge my batteries and be creative in all aspects of photography.

I shot these photos during a quick little weekend getaway and I took most of them from a tour boat or our campsite, but I’m still happy with the photos and I hope this gets me back on track to do more of this type of photography.  If you would like to see more of the photos from Pictured Rock National Lakeshore please visit this link.  Stock-Photography-of-Pictured-Rocks-National-Lakeshore

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The Players’ Smiles Are Just As Big, If Not Bigger. Green Bay Packers Bike Patrol

To me, one of the greatest traditions in professional sports takes place in Green Bay, Wisconsin during Green Bay Packers training camp:  the tradition of Packers players riding kids’ bikes from their locker room at Lambeau Field  to the practice field.  The tradition goes back some 40 or 50 years and occurs before and after every practice during training camp.  Kids whose bikes have training wheels to kids in their teens line up before and after practice with the hope of a player picking their bike as his ride for the day.  Some players strike up a friendship and will ride that kid’s bike each day, but most players pick a new youngster each day.  Most kids run along side the player carrying his helmet, but some will roller blade along side or even stand on foot pegs and hang on.  One thing is for sure – the kids have big smiles as the players ride their bikes, but the players’ smiles are just as big, if not bigger.

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The Other Side Of The Desk • Hiring For An Environmental Portrait Photography Project

About a year ago I was approached by one of my Green Bay commercial photography clients to help them facilitate a nationwide photography project.  The client, a nationwide trucking company, wanted to start profiling their drivers.  With thousands of drivers spread out across the United States, I knew this would be an interesting and fun project to work on.  The goal of the project was to shoot a comfortable and happy portrait of the driver with their truck behind them.  If my schedule allowed, I would take care of the photo shoots near Green Bay and find a photographer near the driver if it was further away.  

Being the art buyer is something I have done before, but never to this scale.  Having to be the person to assign work like this has been a great learning experience for me on how to better talk with my clients and understand their needs, as well as how to negotiate a fee and usage.

Photographing truck drivers in front of their trucks can be tricky.  Not only can their schedules change quickly, but as best you can, you need to deal with the weather that gets handed to you on the day of the shoot.  Of the four photos of mine posted below, only one was shot on a nice day.  One was shot in monsoon rains and other two were shot on days when I glanced over my shoulder to see if a twister was coming.  Luckily on those high wind days, the truck driver looked good wearing a baseball cap.

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Moments and Mortars of St Norbert College Graduation • Higher Education Photographer

This past weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the commencement ceremonies for St Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.  I’ve photographed the graduation ceremonies many times since moving back to the area and each ceremony has it’s own personality.  I’ve shot the event in high winds with students just trying to hang on to their hats as they made their way across campus and I’ve photographed it on cold and rainy days when no one wanted to celebrate outside.  This past Sunday was perfect weather for a graduation and  it allowed graduates, families and friends to just hang out and enjoy the day.  I think I was able to grab some nice candid moments of the day and also capture some nicely decorated mortar boards.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

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Chris O’Brien - Great shots!! I especially love the shot of my sister and I taking photos of our graduate!!! Thanks!!