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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

As a photographer you’re always trying to tell a story through photos.  Last Saturday my job was to tell the story of the Green Bay women’s basketball senior day for one of my higher education photography clients.  I’ve covered a number of these events as a sport photographer for the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and they never disappoint in delivering emotional moments.  The men’s teams are a little more reserved and their emotional expressions more condensed; the women’s tend to include more tears and last a little longer.

On Saturday, Green Bay said good bye to their two seniors, Ellen Edison and Megan Lukan.  Ellen went first with her long list of people that she wanted to thank for her success.  Then came Megan who is from Barrie, Ontario Canada, who has a younger sister, Kaili Lukan, on the team.  Megan knew she could never get through her list without choking up so she recorded it and it played on the big video monitor above the court.  Megan shed a few tears as she watched herself on the monitor and it made for story telling pictures, but when she got around to thanking her family, that’s when things really got emotional.  When she talked about her sister, they met in front of the players bench and hugged.  When she talked about her dad, she made her way in to the stand and sat in his lap.  That was a very touching and emotional moment.  Even with her adult 5’7 frame sitting in her dad’s lap, you could see her as a young girl honoring that special connection with her dad.  Her dad’s expression tied everything together to make it a very memorable moment.

Later that day I posted the photo of father and daughter to my social media accounts and I got a lot of positive feedback, but the comment that meant the most to me was by Megan.  “They say a picture is worth a thousand words…I think this sums up how emotional I was today. Thank you everyone for all your support today and over my career here at Green Bay”.  Megan asked if she could get a print of that frame; that’s definitely a request I will follow through with so they can remember the moment.

The Green Bay women’s team isn’t done for the year.  The Phoenix will be hosting the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship. Hopefully I’ll be covering them in the championship game next Sunday.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

Megan Lukan goes in to the stands to hug her dad John during senior day for the Phoenix.

Megan Lukan goes in to the stands to hug her dad John during senior day for the Phoenix.

Megan Lukan hugs her younger sister Kaili.

Megan Lukan hugs her younger sister Kaili.

  • Jerry Mortell - Very nice story Mike. That is why we all play the game. Anyone with children can relate to this. Congrats my friend. Thanks for sharing. Jerry

  • Kathy Larkin - I was there that afternoon to witness this, but from across the gym. Thanks for being an awesome photographer and capturing real and true emotion, in the moment. I have a lump in my throat once again looking at these pictures.

  • Sarah Nelson - This is one of the reasons that I attend the womens’ games – so much heart and emotion in their play and on the team.

  • Glen Tilot - Mike, these pictures are some of your best work yet! You captured not only Megan’s emotions over her four year career but transferred how fans of the Phoenix Wonen feel about Megan’s leadership and tenacity as well.

  • Mike Lyga - I’ve known Megan since she first arrived in Green Bay and I can say this in all honesty — she is a remarkable young lady. Though Megan and her dad were fairly blocked from me by the basket stanchion, I did get a similar photo of her sitting in her mother’s lap, as well. Prior to this, she also spoke about her young friend, Bella, maybe 11 years old. As she spoke through her video she walked across the floor, called Bella down to her, and with arms around each other, they walked back to the bench where Bella sat with her, holding hands. I am going to really miss Megan when she leaves Green Bay, but I am also happy for her because her best is still ahead of her. And, fortunately, we have Kaili for another year!

This past Monday Milwaukee based photographer Tom Lynn and I trekked to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to photography the ice caves.  I’ve been to the caves a number of times both in the summer and winter, but this was the first time I visited them with photography as my main mission.  It was interesting to visit the sea caves with another photographer and see how they go about documenting the caves.  Tom and I have covered many sporting event together over the years, but in a situation like that you don’t have as much freedom to work your photographic vision as we did on this day.  

Tom  wanted to have as few people in his photos as possible.  I was looking for people in mine for two reasons.  The main reason being that I think having a subject in the shots helps show how big some of these caves are, but also to show the adventure of visiting the caves.

A little background on the sea caves.  The Apostle Islands are a group of 22 islands in Lake Superior, off the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin.  The islands and sea caves are part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  The best caves in the Apostle islands are on the mainland and west of Bayfield near Cornucopia.  The safest way to access the caves is to park at the end of Meyers Beach road, 18 miles west of Bayfield.  The parking lot is run by the parks department and has stairs down to the beach.  From Meyers Beach it’s about a mile to the start of the caves and the best caves stretch for a couple of miles.  In the summer I suggest going out with one of the many outfitters in the area, if your not an experienced kayaker.  Access to the caves is best on a calm day and to me they are most spectacular when the light hits them towards the end of the day.  In the winter access is controlled by the parks department.  The weather conditions need to be just right for the ice to form around the caves allowing for safe access.  Some years the caves can be open for a few day or a few weeks, but some years they never open.  Be prepared for the walk out.  The surface can be anything from slick ice requiring some type of ice cleats to possibly snow shoes.  To find out if the caves are open visit the parks department web site or their Facebook page.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the ice caves.

Mike

 

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  • Anne Turba - Mike, Wow! Absolutely fantastic shots! I could see them all framed and hanging on a wall. Thank you for venturing out and capturing the beauty.

On Saturday afternoon the Green Bay mens basketball program had senior day for four of their players.  One of the players they recognized was Keifer Sykes.  The point guard from Chicago is considered one of the top point guards in the country and is the second highest scorer in program history.  The number one scorer in program history is Tony Bennet, who went on to play in the NBA and is currently the head coach at Virginia.

It’s been great watching Sykes play these past four years and photographing him not only on the court, but also working on various portrait projects involving him.  As a sports photographer you try to capture more then just the action moments, but also those story telling non action moments.  On Saturday I captured a non action moment that I”m proud of as Sykes gets introduced during player introductions.  I love the light and the way the other players are smiling, it all just came together.  

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Photo of Keifer Sykes

 

It’s that time of the year again – time for me to post my best of year end blog.  2014 was a little different for me than past years.  I did less healthcare photography, but way more industrial photography.  I wore more steel tipped shoes and safety glasses, and less hospital scrubs and surgery masks.  I really enjoyed shooting the manufacturing photography that we did.   I got to see many cool and interesting things and made some nice images that my clients loved, but sadly I can’t share many of them due to confidentially and non-disclosure agreements.

 
One of the most interesting shoots we did was at a manufacturing facility that makes and fills propane tanks.  When I say we, I’m referring to myself and my crew:  assistants Matt Ludtke and Todd Truttman and my main hair and makeup artist, Jai Schmidt.  I’ve worked with these three for the majority of my freelance photography career.  We had to use an intrinsically safe and explosion proof camera.  When your main directive for a shoot is to not let anything electronic get lower than four feet from the ground, it adds a little excitement.
 
In 2014, we shot more video than in the past and a couple of those shoots were pretty interesting.  On one shoot, we had seven video cameras rolling from different angles as a tanker truck was imploded.  On another shoot, we did a stop motion time lapse piece from multiple angles of a mobile bio lab getting prepared for shipment.
 
As I look through my favorite photos from the past year, I also see that a number of them were shot with my iPhone.  As the old saying goes “the best camera you have is the one you have with you”.  Not sure I would have dug out my DSLR when I saw that tree frog crawling up our kitchen window early one summer morning while I sipped my coffee, but it turned out to be a fun shot.  That’s not the only smart phone photo in this blog.  The shot of the maple leaf on the black background I shot as I trotted down my driveway with Chica for a walk on a rainy afternoon.
 
In 2014, Judy and I completed our first placement as foster parents.   As a photographer, one of the rules of foster parenting was a tad difficult for me.  You can take pictures of your foster child, but you can’t share them on social media and you sure can’t add them to you stock photography portfolio.  It would have been great to share some of those photos on Facebook and Instagram, but it probably meant more to see those images decorating the birth parents’ home.  I was able to use one of the shots of our foster son since it was a silhouette.  That shot is posted below and it’s a moment I’m very glad I documented. The photo is from Sunset Beach in Fish Creek in Door County, Wisconsin.  While most sunset viewers that night kept far away from the chilly waters, our young man pulled up his shorts and waded out in to the shallow waters and just enjoyed the moment.  Photos from water adventures are plentiful in this post and the majority of them are from adventures with Judy in Wisconsin, Michigan and our end of the year trip to Key West, Florida.
 
The year end best of photos is also heavy with sports emotion, both jubilation and anguish.  Green Bay Packers games are always great for showing sports emotion, but one of my favorite events to cover is the Wisconsin State Girls Basketball Tournament.  The girls aren’t shy about showing their feelings, whether happy or sad.
 
One of my favorite photos, and the one I will probably remember even after the others have faded from my portfolio, was one of my final shots of the year.  The photo is the last shot in the blog and it’s a picture of my parents enjoying a before dinner margarita on our final night of our Christmas adventure to visit them in Florida.  I think the photo is a great capture of the two of them together. My dad might think it would be more accurate if he had a brandy and water and my mom was holding a martini.
 
Thanks for looking!
 
Mike
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The Green Bay Packers and their one legged MVP quarterback defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday January 11, 2015 at Lambeau Field in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is nursing a pulled / torn hamstring, but he was still able to lead the Packers to a 26-21 win.  The Packers advance to the NFC Championship and will take on the Seahawks in Seattle next weekend.

My game day was basically the same as a regular season game except needing to cover a couple press conferences after the game.  For a January game in Green Bay the weather was rather balmy.  Temps in the lower 20s and low winds.  I bundled up like usual for a winter game, but it wasn’t long before I was opening up layers so i didn’t overheat.  When the ball got in to the red zone I even pulled off my gloves.

The battle for the handshake and celebration shots at the end of the game was a bit more of battle with the additional photographers covering the game, but I was happy with the shots I got.

The biggest and most meaningful play of the game, Dez Bryants catch / non catch on the one year line in the final minutes of the game, was on the opposite end of the field from my position in the north end zone, but the other members of my team covering that part of the field got the shots.  I got a few frames off with some real long glass that gave us another look at the play.

Here are my shots from the game that I hope tells the story of the day.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Packers fan get primed for the game by sharing a shotski while tailgating

Packers fan get primed for the game by sharing a shotski while tailgating

A sleeveless Dallas Cowboys

A sleeveless Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant warms up before the game.

Green Bay packers fan Jeff Kahlow.

Green Bay packers fan Jeff Kahlow.

A happy Green Bay Packers

A happy Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers warms up before the game.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers share a moment before the game.

Green Bay Packers kneel in the end zone before the national anthem.

Green Bay Packers kneel in the end zone before the national anthem.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers’ Julius Peppers knocks the ball out of Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo hand forcing a fumble.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo eludes the pressure of Green Bay Packers’ Nick Perry.

Dallas Cowboys fullback Tyler Clutts celebrates his touchdown with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Dallas Cowboys fullback Tyler Clutts celebrates his touchdown with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson can

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson can’t keep his feet inbounds as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr defends.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews pressures Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews pressures Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo chases after a fumble caused by bad snap.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo chases after a fumble caused by bad snap.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers tries to block a Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo pass.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers tries to block a Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo pass.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams defends a pass to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams defends a pass to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones blocks a field goal by Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones blocks a field goal by Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones celebrates blocking a field goal.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones celebrates blocking a field goal.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers pressures Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers pressures Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo ague their case on a penalty.  Williams won the debate.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo ague their case on a penalty. Williams won the debate.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Ken Bishop tries to stop Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Ken Bishop tries to stop Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams gets away from the Cowboys defense.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams gets away from the Cowboys defense.

The Dallas Cowboys try to block a Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby field goal.

The Dallas Cowboys try to block a Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby field goal.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews tries to stop Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews tries to stop Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray scores a second half touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray scores a second half touchdown.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb chases after his fumble on a kickoff return.  Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was able to recover the fumble.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb chases after his fumble on a kickoff return. Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was able to recover the fumble.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and guard T.J. Lang celebrate a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and guard T.J. Lang celebrate a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tires to tackle Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tires to tackle Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry and defensive end Mike Daniels sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry and defensive end Mike Daniels sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

A one legged Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles out of the pocket before throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless.

A one legged Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles out of the pocket before throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless.

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless pulls in a touchdown pass as Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox defends.

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless pulls in a touchdown pass as Dallas Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox defends.

Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers celebrates his touchdown with tight end Andrew Quarless.

Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers celebrates his touchdown with tight end Andrew Quarless.

Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers gets little beer shower while celebrating his touchdown.

Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers gets little beer shower while celebrating his touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath defends a pass intended for Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless on a two point conversion.

Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath defends a pass intended for Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless on a two point conversion.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields defends a pass on fourth down intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.  After the Packers threw a red flag challenging that the catch wasn

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields defends a pass on fourth down intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. After the Packers threw a red flag challenging that the catch wasn’t good the call was reversed and the Packers took over possession of the ball.

The Packers defense celebrates winning the challenge on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant catch not being good and taking over possession on downs.

The Packers defense celebrates winning the challenge on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant catch not being good and taking over possession on downs.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates a first down catch that allowed the Packers to run out the clock to win the game.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates a first down catch that allowed the Packers to run out the clock to win the game.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shake hand after the Packers defeated the Cowboys in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shake hand after the Packers defeated the Cowboys in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson shakes hands with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson shakes hands with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton and Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton and Green Bay Packers’ T.J. Lang are all smiles as they walk of the field after defeating the Cowboys.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy raises his helmet in victory as he walks off the field.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy raises his helmet in victory as he walks off the field.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hangs loose as he walks off the field after the Packers defeated the Cowboys.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hangs loose as he walks off the field after the Packers defeated the Cowboys.

 

  • Kelley - wow, these photos are incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  • Michael Bina - Excellent Mike…EXCELLENT!
    SO many great shots. Go Pack GO!

  • Joe Simon - Mike-
    Way to capture Packer history. Fabulous work “Mistro”.
    ~Joe Simon