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Mike Roemer’s Best of 2015 • Green Bay, Wisconsin Commercial Photographer • Wisconsin Editorial Photographer

I’m a little late to this party, but here are my favorite photos from 2015.  Most photographers like to get their best of gallery out before the end of the year, but I like to think my best shots are still coming so I don’t close the book until the last minute.  So, here are my favorite photos from the year.  The year wasn’t too different than most – a nice mix of commercial photography and editorial photography.  Still a good amount of healthcare photography, but I also tried to make myself known as a Wisconsin agriculture photographer.  Maybe Judy getting those eight chickens brought the ag guy out in me.  Judy and I didn’t have the opportunity to travel as much as in years past so no tourism shots from Germany.  Our non-work time was spent being foster parents which in the big picture is probably more rewarding than a schnitzel and a pilsner at a quaint little gasthaus in Germany.  A couple shots that stand out to me as I look back (and that’s probably because I’m staring out at the falling snow as I write this), would be my trip to the ice caves of the Apostle Islands and a cold sunrise on the shores of Lake Michigan as I watched the Coast Guard’s Mobile Bay appear on the chilly horizon.  One of the moments of the year that was most memorable for me and for most Packers fans would be when Bart Starr and Brett Favre hugged at halftime of the Thanksgiving night Packers game.  Packers fans will remember it because the two legendary quarterbacks met for probably the last time on Lambeau Field and because of the battles with health issues that Starr went through to make that moment happen.  I’ll remember that night because it was the wettest, most miserable game I’ve ever shot.  I had to constantly battle to keep my gear dry enough to continue shooting.  At halftime, I could barely see through my eye glasses and my cameras, but luckily I was still happy with the moments I captured.  Last year my iPhone photos made a big push in to my best of gallery, but this year only one did – the shot of the two big stuffed bears in my truck as I drove them home from Costco as Christmas gifts for our foster kids.  And what best of blog of mine would be complete without a picture of our dog Chica? But this year Chica was joined by a few other dogs.  Other favorites are a shots of the founder of a no kill shelter sharing a loving moment with a pup and another from a vet clinic as a staff member comforts a dog as she performs a procedure on the animal.

Well, that’s about it.  I hope you enjoy looking at the photos and I better get out there and start on my best of for 2016.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

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Green Bay women’s basketball’s Megan Lukan goes in to the stands to hug her dad John during senior day for the Phoenix

Sunrise stand up paddle boarding near the Manitowoc Lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Sunrise stand up paddle boarding near the Manitowoc Lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

A combine heads out to take on a days work near Chilton, Wisconsin.

A combine heads out to take on a days work near Chilton, Wisconsin.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Green Bay men’s basketball player Kiefer Sykes celebrates a basket during the Horizon League Championship. The Phoenix would go on to lose the game

A farmer takes a break from combining near Chilton, Wisconsin.

A farmer takes a break from combining near Chilton, Wisconsin.

Sunrise on Lake Michigan as the Coast Guard Mobile Bay heads in to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Sunrise on Lake Michigan as the Coast Guard Mobile Bay heads in to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

It seems like every year a welding shot from an industrial photography shoot makes it

It seems like every year a welding shot from an industrial photography shoot makes it’s way in to my best of blog.

Former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Brett Favre and Bart Starr hug during a halftime ceremony retiring Favre

Former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Brett Favre and Bart Starr hug during a halftime ceremony retiring Favre’s number from the Packers

A lunch time break for a father and his two sons that he farms with in southwestern Wisconsin as part of a day in the life project for an agriculture client.

A lunch time break for a father and his two sons that he farms with in southwestern Wisconsin as part of a day in the life project for an agriculture client.

"Vinnie" the 1949 International restored by former Schneider associates in 1991 takes a spin around the corporate campus.

“Vinnie” the 1949 International restored by former Schneider associates in 1991 takes a spin around the corporate campus.

Machine photo for an industrial photography client.

Machine photo for an industrial photography client.

Apostle Islands Ice Caves on Lake Superior.

Apostle Islands Ice Caves on Lake Superior.

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre walks out on to Lambeau Field during his induction in to the Packers Hall of Fame.

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre walks out on to Lambeau Field during his induction in to the Packers Hall of Fame.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoys a piece of gum while warming up before their game against the Rams.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoys a piece of gum while warming up before their game against the Rams.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb can

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb can’t stay inbounds as he tries to score a touchdown.

Miss Harbor Cities Outstanding Teen 2015, Sophia Pollman, takes a hearty bite out of her sandwich in the first annual sub eating contest of SubFest in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Miss Harbor Cities Outstanding Teen 2015, Sophia Pollman, takes a hearty bite out of her sandwich in the first annual sub eating contest of SubFest in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Leo Smith shows off his Packers pride with his prosthetic eye.

Leo Smith shows off his Packers pride with his prosthetic eye.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll jokes around with quaterback Russell Wilson before their game against the Packers.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll jokes around with quaterback Russell Wilson before their game against the Packers.

The lighting of sky lanterns as part of Kites Over Lake Michigan at Neshota Beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

The lighting of sky lanterns as part of Kites Over Lake Michigan at Neshota Beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones prays before their game against the Vikings.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones prays before their game against the Vikings.

Matt Ludtke and his his son Jonah share a moment as they walk along the shoreline at Neshota Park beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Matt Ludtke and his his son Jonah share a moment as they walk along the shoreline at Neshota Park beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf shows off his Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony.

Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf shows off his Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony.

The Green Bay women

The Green Bay women’s basketball team celebrates a last second victory over fellow mid major powerhouse South Dakota State University.

The Green Bay women

The Green Bay women’s basketball team celebrates winning the Horizon League Championship.

Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Clay Matthews celebrates his sack of St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles.

Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Clay Matthews celebrates his sack of St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles.

Amanda Reitz, founder of Happily Ever After, a no kill animal shelter shows her love to one of the dogs at the facility.

Amanda Reitz, founder of Happily Ever After, a no kill animal shelter shows her love to one of the dogs at the facility.

A young runner shows his excitement as he takes a lap around Lambeau Field during the kids run of the Green Bay Cellcom marathon weekend.

A young runner shows his excitement as he takes a lap around Lambeau Field during the kids run of the Green Bay Cellcom marathon weekend.

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That’s my car as I transport home a couple large stuffed animals as Christmas gifts for two of our foster children.

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Green Bay men’s basketball players Jamar Hurdle and Khalil Small.

Neshota Park beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Neshota Park beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

An equestrian rider at a horse farm near Kiel. Wisconsin.

An equestrian rider at a horse farm near Kiel. Wisconsin.

Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington State Park along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

A boardwalk through the sand at Ludington State Park along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

A boardwalk through the sand at Ludington State Park along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

Our dog Chica keeps an eye on her new best friend, a rabbit by the name of Curiosity that one of our foster children adopted.

Our dog Chica keeps an eye on her new best friend, a rabbit by the name of Curiosity that one of our foster children adopted.

Neshota Park beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Neshota Park beach in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

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Green Bay men’s basketball player Kiefer Sykes during player introductions on senior night.

One of the last pictures added to my best of collection. Christmas card photo for my sisiter-in-law Joan and her twins Izzy and Zach. With how wet December was in Green Bay I though this theme was fitting

One of the last pictures added to my best of collection. Christmas card photo for my sisiter-in-law Joan and her twins Izzy and Zach. With how wet December was in Green Bay I though this theme was fitting