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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

Wisconsin Sports Photographer • Thursday Night Football At Lambeau Field

Here are my favorite photos from covering the Green Bay Packers vs Tennessee Titans NFL football game at Lambeau Field on Thursday night November 17, 2022. The titans won 27-17. I started my day photographing fans in the Titletown District huddled around a fire pit in the below-freezing temps and in the parking lots of the stadium enjoying some tailgating before I headed into the stadium. The game also had a ceremony at halftime for former Packers safety Leroy Butler who was a member of the Packers 96 season Super Bowl team and who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past summer. Both of the Packers’ touchdowns happened in the opposite end zone from me, but I still managed to capture some action of the touchdowns and the celebrations. Two of the Titans’ touchdowns happened in my endzone and I got some decent celebration of those. Being that I cover both of the teams, not just the Packers, I captured the Titans coming off the field in celebration instead of the Packers. The Packers have won the majority of the games I’ve covered at Lambeau in the past 25-plus years.

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Mike

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    Green Bay Photographer• Photos Of The Packers Defeating The Cowboys in Overtime

    Here are some of my favorite photos from telling the story of the Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys NFL football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin on Sunday, November 13, 2022, as an editorial photographer. The Packers ended their five-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Cowboys with a Mason Crosby field goal in overtime. One of the main news angles to this story was the return of Mike McCarthy to Lambeau Field as the Cowboys’ head coach. McCarthy was fired by the Packers in 2018 after 13 seasons, including one Super Bowl win.

    I like to start by telling the story of a game day by spending some time out in the parking lots shooting photos of fans tailgating and Sunday had a lot of great photo opportunities. I like to end the story of the day by capturing photos of players coming off the field in jubilation or dejection.

    The Packers won the game when Mason Crosby kicked a game-ending field goal and I was in a nice position to capture him kicking the ball, celebrating and team members coming off the team in celebration.

    Thanks for looking!

    Mike

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      The Perfect Assignment For Me To Mark The One Year Anniversary Of An Accident That Paused My Career

      This past weekend, I had the perfect assignment to help me mark the one-year anniversary of a work-related injury I suffered. A year ago, I took a fall in a cave while shooting a tourism assignment and broke both my pelvis and my back. After two months in a wheelchair and a ton of physical therapy sessions, I’m back to almost a 100%. The one-year anniversary of the accident was definitely on my mind in the days leading up to the weekend. On Saturday, I shot a 50-mile running race, the Fall 50, from the tip of the Door County peninsula to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Documenting this race is a long hard day with the first images being the solo runners hitting the incredibly scenic 50-mile trek before sunrise and ending with a huge party 50 epic miles later as the sun goes down. I’m obviously not running or walking those 50 miles as I shoot the race, but I did put in about 16,000 steps in the process as I jumped in and out of the car with my three cameras weighing me down.

      My wife Judy was with me for this shoot as my driver, so I could quickly jump out of the car for a shot as she tried to find a place to stash the car. Judy was also with me in those days after the fall, being my rock as she slept in a recliner in the corner of my hospital room. Judy also kept the house running as I pushed myself around the main floor in my wheelchair and slept in a hospital bed in our den since I couldn’t get to our upstairs bedroom. We also had a lot of help from family and friends during that recovery period; we will always be so thankful for the love and support we received during that time.

      The fall and the resulting injury do give me a little PTSD at times and has made me more cautious, but has also made me slow down a tad and appreciate things more.

      Enough about the injury and recovery, let me tell you about the race. The race is a 50-mile running race from Gills Rock, Wisconsin at the tip of the Door County peninsula to Sturgeon Bay. The 50-mile scenic run takes the participants through a fall color-filled course that winds through tourist-filled quaint small towns, a state park, and along the shores of the bay of Green Bay. The race starts before sunrise with about a hundred solo runners and then four waves of teams of 4 to 5 runners and some teams of two. Most of the solo runners don headlamps to light their way those first few miles as they await daylight. Many of the teams dress up in costumes in an attempt to win the all-important prize for the best costume at the end-of-race party.

      As runners make their way across the finish line at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay, they usually get together with the rest of their team to revel in the day’s accomplishments. Once across that finish line, they celebrate with a few slices of the 600 pizzas served as music cranks and people hydrate with a few adult beverages.

      The day was full of scenic opportunities for photographers like myself. I’d like to think I did a good job of capturing the epic fun of this scenic run. The phone call I got from race director, Sean Ryan, a few days after saying he had looked through the gallery of photos I sent him and that he really liked them meant a lot because of the significance of the assignment to me. When I was laying in that hospital bed in those days after the accident I wasn’t sure what the future was going to look like, but a year out I’m incredibly happy that it looks like this.

      Thanks for looking!

      Mike

       

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        Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots October 2022, Wisconsin Sports Photographer

        Hi,

        Here are a few of my favorite photos from covering the Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots NFL football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. The Packers won the game in overtime when Packers kicker Mason Crosby kicked a game-winning field goal. I was in the opposite endzone for the game-winning play, but that ended up being the right spot when Crosby turned around to celebrate the kick.

        I’m happy with my photos from the day, with a decent amount of action happening on my end of the field. I think I was able to tell the story of the game. I started my day shooting a few tailgating photos, got the owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, talking with Packers President Mark Murphy, Packers receiver Randall Cobb greeting his young family on the sideline, and Packers coach Matt LeFleur talking with Milwaukee Bucks player Pat Connaughton. There was good action throughout the game till the overtime game winning field goal and the subsequent celebration on the field, followed by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talking with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Packer running back Aaron Jones celebrating with fans and then Rodgers walking off the field in celebration.

        I also felt like I was getting back into the swing of things after missing the last half of last season with my own sidelining injury.

        Thanks for looking.

        Mike

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          Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears Photos September 2022, Wisconsin Sports Photographer

          Here are some of my favorite photos from covering the Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears NFL football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday as a Wisconsin sports photographer. After not so doing well in their season opener last week against the Vikings, the Packers took care of business against the Bears and won 27-10.

          This was my first regular season football game after suffering a serious injury last fall that left me watching the second half of last year’s season while recovering from a broken back and pelvis.

          Things have also changed for the team I’m on for game coverage. For a ton of years, I always shot from the north end zone at Lambeau and we had runners pick up our media cards after big plays and take them to our editor. This year we made the switch and we are plugging our cameras into an ethernet line on field level that is allowing us to send our image to a remote editor. To be honest I’m not a big fan of doing it this way and it gets me out of the flow of the game. I also shot this game from the visitor’s sideline which didn’t work out that great for me. I’m going to move back to my end zone position next game and see how that works. Here are a few photos that I’m happy with from Sunday night.

          Thanks for looking!

          Mike

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