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.
As I loaded up my camera gear to shoot Sunday’s Green Bay Packers vs the Carolina Panther NFL football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin yesterday, I took a look at the hourly weather forecast. I chose not to bring my rain and snow covers since the chance of precipitation was 0% until midnight when it went up to a whopping 5%. Let’s just say the forecast was a tad off. Midway through the first half of the game, a light snow started to fall. I’ve shot a few photo friendly snow globe games at Lambeau Field and this one would rank right up against those.
Shooting in falling snow has its challenges, especially with telephoto lenses. It makes it difficult for the camera and lens to find focus on your subject when there is a mess of snow between you and your subject. Another issue when shooting cold weather football games is that heat waves interfere with the sharpness of your images. The heat waves come from the heaters in the bench areas and can push out on to the playing field. I don’t shoot much from the bench area during cold weather games because of this and try to shoot as much as I can from the end zone. Despite the challenges that shooting in snow and cold create, I do like the look of the photos and I’d much rather shoot in snow than in rain.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the game.
My wife Judy and I headed to out the Portland, Maine to check out that part of the east coast for a quick, but fun getaway weekend. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the trip. I’m lucky to have a visually friendly wife that’s always willing to give me that human element to make the shot better. I’m usually not much of a black and white photographer – probably brings back to much PTSD from all those hours in the darkroom back in my college and newspaper days – but the ruggedness and the sky during our trip just screamed out to be seen in black and white.
After what some may have considered a slow start to the season, Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers accomplished a perfect passer rating Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, throwing for five touchdowns and rushing for another, as the Packers beat the Raiders 42-24. The win put the Packers at 6-1 on the season with the second best record in the NFC.
I was happy with how my photos told the story of the game, including my opposite angle from the north endzone on scores that happened in the south. I always look for something different before I head into the stadium and this week after covering the team for over twenty years, I got a shot I really like: a lone Packers fan raising his arms with a can of beer as he greets the Oakland Raiders team buses.
At the end of the game, my responsibility was to get the coaches shaking hands. After sprinting out to the middle of the field as time expired, I got the coaches together and Coach Gruden giving Coach LeFleur that intense Gruden eye. After that I focused on Rodgers as he left the field, catching a nice shot of him raising his arms as he walked into the tunnel. As I mentioned, Rodgers had a perfect passer rating on Sunday and this photo got a ton of play telling that story.
To borrow what another photographer said about covering the Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions NFL football game, “Last night’s Packers game was different. Not my best outing, but I managed to capture a few moments”. That seems to be my theme this year and that of most other photographers.
The biggest play of the game was Mason Crosby’s last second field goal to win the game. The kick was in the south end zone and I’m positioned in the north. I shot the field goal from the opposite end of the field and got a different angle on the kick from what the other photographer I’m teamed up with got, but I was in a terrible position for the celebration. If Crosby would have missed the kick, I needed to be prepared to shoot the Lions possibly charging to my end of the field in celebration.
Sometimes as a sports photographer, things don’t seem to go your way. Last night while shooting the Green Bay Packers vs the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football game at Lambeau FieId, I felt like I was out of sync and felt like most of the action was happening on the other side of the field. My best shots of the night came from a fumble that the Packers’ defense ran back for a touchdown, but the play was called back so that series of pictures didn’t mean anything. As I looked though my photos this afternoon, I did think I documented the stories of the game. Lots of face-mask shots, a nice shot of the last minute Eagles’ interception to seal their win and a descriptive shot of Eagles Avonte Maddox getting knocked out of the game with a neck injury after colliding with a teammate on a tackle.
My editor was happy, my client was happy, so I guess I should be happy. Plus, I found Waldo.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the game! Thanks for looking!