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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

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

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

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.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

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.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

 

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.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

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

The Challenges Of Manufacturing Photography • Industrial Photographer• Manufacturing Photographer

For me to be happy as photographer, I need to photograph a variety of subjects in various areas of photography.  I have stretches when it seems like I do nothing but healthcare photography, and then I shift in to another area like lifestyle photography or transportation photography.  The first part of this year, I’ve done a great deal of manufacturing photography for industrial clients.  Being an industrial photographer can be tremendous challenge, but is something I greatly enjoy.  Not only do you get to learn how a lot of interesting things are made, but you’re generally working with real people in real environments.

In this stretch of being an industrial photographer, I had a variety of clients looking for a variety of end results.  I had one client that loved my highly lit and color gelled work as a casino photographer and wanted me to use those lighting skills to bring life to their manufacturing photography.  I had another client that wanted me to have a less polished and more available light look, and even one client that I had to use an intrinsically safe camera.  Prior to getting contacted for that shoot, I didn’t even know what an intrinsically safe camera was;  it’s a camera that’s safe to use in environments that are highly combustable.

Working for photography projects like this, my assistant and I try to keep the amount of gear we bring with us at a minimum so we can easily move around.  I usually stick with three zoom lenses, a 16-35, a 24-70 and 70-200.  I try to keep the lenses on the camera at all times to reduce the amount of dust and other industrial debris out of the cameras and off the sensors.  We also like to limit the amount of lights we bring with us, but that’s not always possible when dealing with dark areas with flat ugly light and high non-reflective ceilings.  With today’s digital cameras, you can shoot at a higher ISO and still have high quality photos, so many things are possible that weren’t a few years ago.  One challenge that we do run in to, but can work to our advantage, is working around welding equipment.  If you expose for the bounce of light coming off the weld you do get a nice directional light from the glow; but if you show the actual spot of the weld, it will be a blow out highlight without detail.  We general try to bring up our background (make them brighter) and add some separation from that background for our subject.  I also try to hide the brightest part of the spot of the weld to limit that bright point.  The other challenge is you can’t always look through the camera when you’re pointed at a weld, so you try to compose your shot before the welding starts and then stay steady and fire away as the welding happens to avoid looking directly at the weld point.

We also had one client that wanted us to shoot a time lapse video of the final stages of the delivery of their product.  One of the disappointing aspects of this type of photography is that I can’t always share the work due to non-disclosure agreements.  I wish I could share everything I shot, but I think the photos that I’m including in this blog post are a nice representation of the work.

Thanks for looking!

Mike