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Wisconsin Editorial Photographer and Wisconsin Commercial Photographer Mike Roemer’s blog.

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

American Society of Media Photographers Best of ASMP 2020

Green Bay, Wisconsin Commercial and Editorial Photographer I’m excited to announce that one of my photos was picked as an honorable mention winner in the American Society of Media Photographers Best of ASMP 2020, This is the second year in a row I’ve had an image place in this contest against photographers from around the world. Last year, I won first place in editorial photography. The thing I’m most proud of is how diverse the two images are – one being a sports feature and one being a drone landscape. For me to be happy as photographer, I need to shoot a variety of work. These two awards reinforce to me that I can shoot a variety of subjects well.

Drone photography is new to me. I added a drone to my storytelling tools only two years ago when I became a licensed FAA Part 107 pilot. The drone was a great way for me to stay creative in 2020 while navigating all the hurdles that Covid tossed out at photographers like myself. A drone is the ultimate way to shoot photos and social distance.

The winning photo was taken in the Door County peninsula of Wisconsin on a late winter’s day when I just needed a break from the stress of the early pandemic days. I headed to the Door County peninsula, an hour north of my home base, to take advantage of winter’s scenic beauty and a bright, blue sky day with low winds – a perfect day for drone photography. If you’d like to see more of my photos from that day, please take a look at this blog post.

If you’d like to see the sports feature photo of Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones that won for ASMP Best of 2019 for editorial I’ve also posted that below.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Winter drone view of an orchard on the Door County peninsula of Wisconsin.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pause as they walk off Lambeau Field after defeating the Carolina Panthers to shoot a cell phone video.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Beat The Green Bay Packers 31-26 To Advance To The Super Bowl

Wisconsin Sports Photographer – A few of my favorite photos from telling the story of the NFC Championship in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday January 24, 2021 between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field.  The Bucs beat the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl.

I’m very much looking forward to Covid-19 being the rearview mirror and photographers being allowed back on to the field.  Photographing the awards ceremony was really tough from the stands.  Not having to kneel on the sidelines while shooting my knees have been very happy, but the rest of me is very much looking forward to getting back down to the playing surface.

If you’d like to see more of my NFL photography please visit this link.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Photo by Mike Roemer ASMP # 14253

The Winter Fleet Arriving In Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay, Wisconsin Drone Photographer • Earlier this week, I was finally able to shoot some photos I’ve wanted to shoot for the past few years, but never worked in my schedule.  Each year around mid January, large freighters come into Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for winter maintenance.  The ships’ arrival usually coincides with the closing of the St. Lawrence Seaway for the winter.  The opening and closing dates of the StLawrence Seaway vary from year to year due to weather conditions and the demands of commerce. The system’s locks have opened as early as March 20 and as late as March 31. The closing date has ranged from December 24 to December 31.  This year it was later since we are having a warmer winter than usual. The seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels in Canada and the United States that allows ocean going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. 

Last Monday I started watching an app called MarineTraffic and spotted a couple ships with clever names like “Are we there yet” as their destination.  I kept an eye on those boats, and as luck would have it, one came into the Sturgeon Bay ship canal at the perfect time, right at dusk.  With the sun setting and colors popping on the horizon, the 728 foot self unloading bulk carrier – the Joseph L Block – entered the canal that connects Lake Michigan with the bay of Green Bay.  I wasn’t the only photographer who had the idea to shoot this event, and was one of maybe six or seven other photographers, two of whom also were flying a drone.  Luckily we all got along fine and kept out of one another’s shots; at least I hope I didn’t get in anyone’s way.

On Tuesday I went back up and was able to capture the 715 foot self-unloading bulk freighter, the American Marine, as it came in off of Lake Michigan on its way to the shipyard to join the rest of the ships in what is called the “winter fleet”.  The one disappointment is that some of these shots don’t look like winter photos,  but we all should be happy that the mild winter will help the water levels decrease from the record highs we’ve experienced the last couple of years.

To see more of my Door County stock photography please visit this link.

If you’d like to see a blog post with other winter photos from Door County please visit this link.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Packers vs Rams Playoff Photos.

Green Bay, Wisconsin Sports and Editorial Photographer • The Green Bay Packers defeated the Rams in the divisional round of the NFL football playoff at Lambeau Field to advance to the conference championship. The Packers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Here are some of my favorite photos telling the story of the day, starting with fans outside before the game, team buses arriving with Covid precautions in place, fans cheering on their teams inside the stadium, the battle on the field and ending with a happy Aaron Rodgers running off the field.

I feel like I got some okay shots, but not great ones. I do like some of the non-action fan shots I got and it was great to see more fans back in the stands with Covid precautions. I must have done okay because I was asked to be part of the team for the Associated Press to cover the NFC Championship, in what could be a snowy Lambeau Field, next Sunday. It should be an epic game with the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers coming in to battle Aaron Rodgers in what is probably an MVP season for him.

If you’d like to see more of my NFL photography please visit the link.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

College Athletes Working Out During The Covid Era At St Norbert College

Green Bay Wisconsin Education Photographer • Last fall I was asked by St Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin to shoot photos for a story in their magazine.  I was asked to not share the photos till the story ran, the edition came out this week. The story was on their student athletes gathering at the football stadium on campus for group workouts, wearing face masks and socially distanced during the Covid-19 era.  The students gathered in three different shifts with the first group starting before sunrise.  Working out at a high level and trying to suck in air through a face mask isn’t easy, but these athletes made it happen. If a student had contact with a piece of equipment while working out, it was sprayed down with disinfectant before the next athlete would use it.  Using my drone to show the spacing of the athletes was also great tool to tell the story.

If you’d like to see more of my education photography please visit my web site.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

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