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    Hi, I'm Mike Roemer, a commercial, corporate, industrial, agriculture 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

2017 was a busy year for me and I got to travel to a lot of interesting places and shoot a lot of interesting things. But the photos that I’ll remember long after those other images have faded will be the photos I shot of a trip that my wife, Judy and I took to Germany with my parents.  My mom is from Germany; she met my dad there when he was stationed in Frankfurt in the military and I was born there.  My parents and I have been back many times since we moved back to the states in the mid 60’s. Judy and I try to get back every three years or so to visit my aunts, uncles and cousins, but my parents haven’t been back in about ten years.  Some of my mom’s siblings have been here to visit in those ten years, but there’s no guarantee they will be making any more trips across the pond.  

My parents had been toying with making a trip back for the last few years, but for one reason or another, they always backed out.  A year ago we thought we had them convinced to take a river cruise through Germany with us, but we couldn’t get them locked in and then they told us to just go by ourselves and have fun.  They feared that they would just slow us down.

In early summer, a fellow Wisconsin commercial and editorial photographer, David Jackson, documented a trip he and his family made with his mom to her native Norway in a very similar situation to my parents.  Looking at his great story telling photos documenting those priceless moments, I knew we needed to put the hard sell on my parents.  I’m not sure we put all that much pressure on my parents, but we did work hard on convincing them we really wanted their company, and that would make the trip even more special for us.  In late June to my surprise, they gave me the go ahead to buy them tickets and I wasted no time booking the flights that day. I  know once they had spent the money, they wouldn’t back out.

So there it was: a two week trip straddling Labor Day weekend.   We got hold of all the family members in Germany and set up our whirlwind tour with one little side-trip for a shoot I needed to do for an industrial photography client. The first few days, we spent time in Frankfurt near my mom’s hometown of Hanau with her sibling, in-laws and nieces and nephews in the area, just taking in the city where my parents met and started a family.  From there, we traveled south towards Eichstätt so my mom could spend time with a cousin she grew very close to when they both became displaced from their homes in WWII.  From there, it was on to the Allgäu region so I could take care of the one shooting day I had scheduled during the trip. My mom’s sister and her husband met us in the storybook city of Wangen in Allgäu and they got to reminisce and act like sisters, alternately arguing and hugging at random times.  From there, it was up to Bad Kissingen, a small little spa and retirement town on the southeastern side of Germany; there my mom spent more time with her sister at her home.  To finish up the trip, we went back to Frankfurt and visited with family there while staying with one of my mom’s brothers. We finished the trip with one last, big family meal and even a drive past the tiny house my parents lived in when my brother and I were born.  My mom stayed very strong through all these good-byes and was ready to move on, but the story telling emotion was of her siblings.

My mom’s not big on having her picture taken -as is most of her family – but in general, they were good sports as they knew I was documenting the visit.  I only got the stink eye once and shoo’d away a couple times.  All along, I knew I would create a book of the trip as a gift for my parents.  My dad kind of figured that out since I had done one for a cruise we took for their 50th wedding anniversary, so my mom may have given me more access since she knew how much that book meant to her.

Judy and I head down to my parents’ winter home in Florida every other year and this is going to be an off year.  We did meet at my brother’s house in Colorado for Thanksgiving, so I made sure to have the book done as an early Christmas gift.  Having my parents look through the book as I watched made all the effort worthwhile.  I had additional copies of the book made and shipped them off to family in Germany so they would get them for Christmas. I’m looking forward to getting their reaction.  I know this will be a present my parents will enjoy for years to come and one I will cherish as well.

Here are some of my favorite story telling photos from the trip.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

 

In Wisconsin, its important for people to find fun activities to do outside in the winter.  One of my continuing projects is to create images to help the Manitowoc/Two Rivers Area Visitor & Convention Bureau build a library of pictures which highlights fun things to do year round in their areaWith easy access to Lake Michigan and its the awesome parks, beaches and lighthouses, getting great photos in the nonsnow months is a cinch.  In the winter, you have typical activities like snow shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing to capture, but youre always looking for something a little different.  This past weekend, I found one of those events: the Shelltrack Fat Bike Race at Silver Creek Park in Manitowoc as part of the Snow Crown Race Series.

When I showed up on Saturday, I was expecting a normal bike race – just in the winter.  Part of the race course took the riders along the shore of Lake Michigan.  I knew that would make for some nice images and ones the Visitor & Convention Bureau would want.  What I didn’t expect was the other little fun things that would make for some great photos.  For one, I really didn’t expect a beer short cut.  You ask what a beer short cut is?  Well, riders who took the shortcut needed to drink a can of beer before they continued on.  Normally a photo of someone drinking a can of beer wouldn’t be that remarkable of a photo, but when it’s a bike racer trying to speed-drink with most of it not making it into his mouth, you’ve got yourself a fun photo.  Another thing that made for interesting photos was the way the races started.  Everyone had to lay their bikes at the start line and then run down a snow slicked hill to get to their bike before hitting the course.  Add in a ring toss competition – in which hula hoops were tossed onto helmeted humans – and general hijinks by the race organizers and the racers, and you have yourself a fun day that made for some interesting photos.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

I’ve been kicking myself since mid afternoon Sunday.  You ask why?  Because I switched from my long lens camera to my shorter lens camera a fraction of a second late and missed the shot of Packers running back Aaron Jones in full leap, scoring the winning OT touchdown.  I was in the right spot, but I stayed with my long lens for too long – literally a fraction of second too long.  I still got some shots of the run and some nice celebration photos, but I missed that key frame.  If you shoot sports long enough, you’re going to miss a shot or two.  Within minutes of that play,my phone blew up with people texting me to say they saw me on TV and couldn’t wait to see that shot.  How do I break it to them that I screwed up?  Luckily, another photographer from my team was in the corner of the end zone and got the shot.

In the past couple of days, I’ve talked with other sports photographers and chatted about that fraction of a second; they feel my pain.  I guess  I should be happy that it wasn’t in a higher profile game.  

Another key play in the game was Packers defensive end Dean Lowry’s fumble recovery for a touchdown.  I was all over that play,  from him scooping up the fumble to him being swarmed by his teammates in the end zone.  I’m not a small guy at 6 foot 2, but I felt like a midget as Lowry and his other giant teammates celebrated literally around me.  My editor who was filing pictures from earlier in the game, saw the play happen on TV and got a little worried for me as he saw the 6’6, 300 pound lineman heading right for me.

All in all I think I had a nice game, but my backside will be sore for a few weeks from me kicking myself for being late on that camera switch.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Jerome Davis.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate scores a touchdown as Green Bay Packers free safety Jermaine Whitehead tries to defend.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate celebrates his touchdown.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate celebrates his touchdown with teammates.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley rolls out of the pocket.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Ryan Smith tackle Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks.

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams tries to elude Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith.

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams pushes to the end zone to score a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry scoops up a fumble from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston before return it for a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry takes off on his 62 yard touchdown run.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry is all smiles as he scores on a 62 yard fumble recovery.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry celebrates his touchdown with teammates.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry tires to block a Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston pass.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson gets taken down.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston feels the Packers defensive pressure.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber tries to get away from the Packers defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams gets taken down by Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Brent Grimes.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones dives in to the end zone to score the game winning touchdown in overtime.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones celebrates his game winning touchdown with tight end Richard Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones gets swarmed by his teammates as they celebrate his game winning touchdown in overtime.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones gets swarmed by his teammates as they celebrate his game winning touchdown in overtime.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones does a Lambeau Leap to celebrate his game winning overtime touchdown run.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley runs off the field in celebration after the Packers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime.

Sorry Packers fans, but my blog post from yesterday’s disaster at Lambeau Field isn’t going to make you feel any better.  The Ravens shut out the Packers 23-0.  It was the first time the Packers got shut out in 11 years.  It was sad to see how many fans left mid way through the 4th quarter, but I can’t blame them.  I got a few shots before the game that I like. Not sure what the guy in the Packers pajamas is doing, but it sure looks like he is doing a little stand up sleeping.  I’ve also shot a ton of photos of Frozen Tundra Packers fan Jeff Kahlow over the years, but this might be my favorite.

Not sure what else to say….it was a sad day in Green Bay.  Here are my favorite photos from the game.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

A Packers fan takes a little stand up nap as he waits for his friend.

A happy Packers fan.

Another happy Packers fan.

Not really sure what Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams is doing during warmups.

Injured Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tests out his injured shoulder.

Green Bay Packers fan Jeff Kahlow.

Green Bay Packers cornerbacks Josh Hawkins and Davon House help Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix celebrate an interception.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby puts his shoulder in to a tackle to stop a kickoff return by Baltimore Ravens Chris Moore.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith forces Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams out of bounds.

This fumbler recovery by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley got called back, but I kept in the blog because I love the chain of events in the background.

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams fumbles the ball.

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley.

The Ravens celebrate a defensive stop.

Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey celebrates an interception with his teammates.

Green Bay Packers free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can’t keep Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins.

Ravens running back Alex Collins celebrates his touchdown with a little River Dance routine.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Vince Mayle celebrates the Ravens win over the Packers with fans.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser celebrates the Ravens win over the Packers with fans.

With Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sidelined with an injury the Packers just aren’t as fun to take photos of.  Also with Rodgers on the sideline the Packers just aren’t as good. On Monday night the Detroit Lions took down the Packers 30-17.  It was tough for me to get excited about putting a blog post together from this game, but I gutted it out and put one together.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the game.  

Sorry Packers fans for making you relive the game by looking through these photos.

Mike

Injured Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks on during pregame warmups.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson continues on with a pregame ritual even with quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels pressures Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall and safety Josh Jones break up a pass intended for Detroit Lions TJ Jones.

Detroit Lions tighten Eric Ebron can’t get a handle on a pass as Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Blake Martinez defends.

Detroit Lions Golden Tate drags his feet to stay inbounds after pulling in a pass.

The Detroit Lions special teams celebrate after a stop on a kickoff return.

Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett tries to block a pass from Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson can’t pull in a pass as Detroit Lions Darious Slay defends.

Detroit Lions Marvin Jones Jr. gets taken down by Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones after a long gain.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley walks off the field in the final seconds of the Packers lose to the Lions.

Detroit Lions Tahir Whitehead gives a glove to a young Lions fan.

Lions fans celebrate with quarterback Matthew Stafford as he walks off the field after defeating the Packers.