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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

Green Bay Wisconsin Sports Photographer – Packers Start Out Hot To Beat The Vikings 21-16 To Go 2-0 On the Young 2019 Season

Here are a few of my favorite images from covering the Green Bay Packers vs the Minnesota Vikings NFL football game at Lambeau Field this past Sunday.  The Packers started out hot, scoring the first 21 points, but then needed their much improved defense to hold the Vikings to 16 points in order to go 2-0 for the season.  The game was highlighted by a ceremony at halftime to honor Bart Starr, the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who led Green Bay to five championships in seven years. Starr, 85, died in May.  It was great to see Starr’s wife Cherry and former Packers quarterback Brett Favre on the field for ceremony.

Thanks for taking a look!

Mike

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis warms up by trying to catch one ball while holding five others, just incase he needs to do that during a game.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander defends as Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs tries to pull in a pass.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison pulls in a touchdown pass.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison celebrates his touchdown with teammates.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison does a Lambeau Leap to celebrate his touchdown.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chad Beebe gets pass defenders on a long catch and run to set up a Vikings touchdown. Chad is the son of former Packer Don Beebe.
Bart Starr’s wife Cherry shares a moment with Packer’s president Mark Murphy during a half-time ceremony to celebrate the life of the former Packers quarterback.
With her son Bart Starr Jr. at her side Cherry Starr wipes away a tear as a video memorial plays about her husband, former Packers quarterback, Bart Starr.
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers smiles with former quarterback Brett Favre as they watch a tribute to Bart Starr.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks up at Minnesota Vikings defensive end Hercules Mata’afa as he celebrates recovering a fumbled snap by the quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter tries to wrestle the ball away from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after sacking the quarterback.
Green Bay Packers Kevin King intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings Stefon Diggs
Minnesota Vikings Trae Waynes breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams celebrates with fans after the Packers defeated the Vikings.
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    Wisconsin Sports Photographer • The Greatest Tradition In All Of Sports

    I may be biased since I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and I cover the Green Bay Packers as a Wisconsin sports photographer, but one of the greatest traditions in the NFL and maybe in all of sports is players riding kids bikes to practice. Here are some of my favorite photos from covering the tradition on the first day of trying camp for the 2019 season. One news report said the first kids lined up their bikes before sunrise today for the mid-morning practice.

    When players come out of locker rooms at Lambeau Field to head to practice they are greeted by a swarm of kids and their bikes anxiously waiting for a player to pick them and their bike to accompany them down through a line of fans the few hundred yards to the practice field. Some players will pick out a player early on in camp and go with that kid every day. Some players will pick a new kid each practice. Not all players take this route to practice like some of the star players like quarterback Aaron Rodgers since he would be swarmed by fans and never make it to practice, but before he became the star he is today he was out there enjoying this great tradition like all the lesser-known players are today.

    The event has become more corporate and more organized over the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the huge smiles on not just the kids’ faces, but also the players’ faces.

    Thanks for looking!

    Mike

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      Wisconsin Manufacturing Photographer • Real People In Real Situations

      I’ve said it before, but I like to brand myself as a “real people in real situations” photographer. A photo shoot I recently did in Illinois for a small manufacturer of fasteners was just this type of job. The plant wasn’t sexy or high tech, but it was real people taking pride in what they do and what they make and my job was to document that. The client wanted a clean simple look with minimal lighting. Luckily I was able to scout the plant before the shoot and was able to pick up on a couple of challenges that we would run in to on shoot day, but with the help of the facility and my assistant we came up with a game plan for shoot day that allowed the shoot to go smoothly.

      It’s not always easy to drop in on a person at work and make them comfortable with you taking their photo. That can be even tougher when it’s a hard working person in a manufacturing situation, but I think over the years of shooting jobs like this I’ve become pretty good at winning people over with just a couple words and a friendly smile.

      Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot.

      Thanks for looking!

      Mike

      Midwest Travel Photographer • Visiting Cuba On A “In Support Of The Cuban People” Visa

      For this blog post, I’ve asked my wife Judy to be a guest blogger. Judy and I took a trip to Cuba to celebrate Judy’s 50th birthday, so I thought it would be great to get her thoughts and insight on our trip and Cuba. Judy usually lets me sway her into indulging my travel desire to include schnitzels, pilsners and visiting my family in Germany, but this being her 50th birthday trip, our destination was up to her. Judy is fluent in Spanish and has a strong desire to learn about other cultures. With only a long weekend available for our trip, Cuba rose to the top of the list. Being a photographer, taking pictures is always important to me and Judy is nice enough to allow me to bring along some gear and spend some time behind the camera. But she has also taught me to put the camera down and live in the moment. It also helps that Judy is visually friendly and is nice enough to pose or walk through a photo when I ask her (that’s Judy in the top photo)

      Thanks for looking and thanks Judy for being my first guest blogger!

      Mike

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      For my 50th birthday, Mike took me to Cuba, which has been on my bucket list for years. Maybe he wanted to make his wife happy, but the colorfully preserved 1950’s cars, and tropical old-world images definitely tilted the scales.  

      In order to travel to Cuba, American citizens must visit with a designated purpose; travel purely for the reason of tourism does not qualify.  We travelled under the category of ‘in support of the Cuban people’, which means the majority of our time should be spent in activities directly benefiting the Cuban people.  Cubans who have extra space, or can offer a unique experience to visitors advertise their services through platforms such as Air B&B, and we either connected with them directly or with family members living in the US who helped serve as intermediary.  

      From the moment of our arrival, it was clear we weren’t in Green Bay anymore.  From the absence of billboards pushing goods or services, the spotty internet service, and buildings sporting propaganda laden verses from its adopted son, Che Guevara, Cuba was unapologetic in its stark relief from its neighbors 90 miles to the north.

      The first home we stayed in was located in the heart of Old Havana; this is the oldest part of the city exemplified by ornate but crumbling buildings mixed with beautifully restored structures.   We stayed in Havana for the first half of our trip, and enjoyed the sounds of salsa and abundant rum cocktails.  The family with whom we stayed was friendly and accommodating, and while our room lacked the comforts of American standards – imagine a 6’2 man in a 6’3 room – Doña Elena made up for this with her warmth and concern for her guests. This was definitely true of all of our hosts: they welcomed us into their homes, made delicious breakfasts and were generous with assistance.

      The second half of our trip was spent in Trinidad, which is a UNESCO Heritage site.  This beautifully preserved colonial city offered stunning views from bell towers, colorful buildings and all night dancing, which sadly was past our bedtime. It is also home to a national park which boasts a 200 foot waterfall and cave swimming.  One of our most memorable experiences was a tour of this park with a young man who was a doctor, but could support his family better by giving daily tours of the park to nature lovers from all over the world.

      Cuba was an adventure, and while it wasn’t without challenges  (i.e. lack of seatbelts, difficulties finding household items, two currencies to keep track of, did I mention spotty Internet?), it definitely was worth the effort to go.  I’m grateful to Mike for being willing to experience life outside of his comfort zone. I think we were rewarded with some phenomenal photos.

      As Mike would say “Thanks for looking” and I promise our next adventure will include bier and schnitzel.

      Judy

      Midwest Commercial Photographer Mike Roemer’s Best of 2018

      Wisconsin Agriculture Photographer • Wisconsin Industrial Photographer • Wisconsin Editorial Photographer • Wisconsin Lifestyle Photographer

      Since I started this blog back in November of 2009, I’ve put together a best of blog from that year’s work.  I always start out with more images than I should probably post and painfully work hard to narrow down that number.  For me it’s tough to keep my emotion out of my decisions as to which shots are the best.  My favorites aren’t always the ones that get the most likes on social media, but the ones that mean the most to me personally or the ones that I think help take my business and my vision as photographer in the direction I want to go.  

      This past year I’ve tried to push more into the area of agriculture photography so I assigned myself a couple of personal projects, with the main one of documenting daily life at a family dairy farm.  A number of those images made it into this best of blog and that makes me very happy.  I also tried to shoot more for my stock photography submissions as I push more into that realm.  A number of those photos not only are included in this best of blog, but also rose to the top.

      Shooting personal work, self assignments and stock work are important to me and to most photographers since it helps keep the portfolio fresh and maintains a consistent vision; shooting images one likes also makes for a happy photographer   It can be tough to make time to shoot this personal work if you’re busy with commissioned work – I’ve been guilty of this in the past.  However, after seeing the images and experiencing the joy that work brought to me and others in 2018, I know I need to make time for it going forward and I’m excited about that.  

      I’ve been working on it already, but one of my main goals early in 2019 will be to come up with a list of personal projects to work on for the year.  I’m always up for suggestions; if looking over this body of work inspires any ideas from  viewers – from interesting agriculture situations to unique portrait ideas – please let me know.

      Thanks for looking!

      Mike

      Ryan Schlies bottle feeds calves as part of his morning chores,

      A brave Addie Beauchamp jumps in to the water while tubing with family on the Fox River.

      Portrait of New Holstein, Wisconsin firefighter Scott Schmitt.

      A mom and her daughters take advantage of a fresh snow fall for an afternoon of sledding at Pinecrest Historical Village near Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

      Green Bay Packers defensive back Bashaud Breeland celebrates his interception for a touchdown with a Lambeau Leap.

      Izzy Kellner plays with puppies in St Anne, Wisconsin.

      With late day storm clouds rolling over farm land near Denmark, Wisconsin a trucks headlights light up the road.

      Jeremy Schlies gets a loving nudge from one of his cows as he washes another in preparation for the county fair.

      Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison prays before a game.

      One of my favorite photos from a personal project focused around Brad Allen and how he is trying to hand down a family tradition of maple syrup making to his sons. That’s Brad’s mom and brother taking a ride around the sugar bush near Suamico, Wisconsin.

      Rolling hills of corn near Denmark, Wisconsin.

      Executive portrait for Bay Tek Games.

      Caleb Griswold, the “Mayor of Muttland Meadows”, a private dog park in Grafton, Wisconsin.

      Tyler Selner fills a bowl with fresh milk for a group of barn cats after milking.

      Inspection of concrete pipes at County Materials in Marathon, Wisconsin.

      Casey Tisler and Jeremy Schlies do a deep clean of a tractor in preparation for Take Your Tractor To School Day at Denmark High School.

      Dust kicked up by a combine in late day light as corn is harvested.

      Tractors caravan down main street in Denmark, Wisconsin as they head to the school on “Take Your Tractor To School Day”.

      Corporate culture photos for Immel Construction in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

      Slot machine action at Ocean Down in Ocean City, Maryland.

      Chaz and Megan Self at their farm near East Troy, Wisconsin.

      A happy cow tosses feed in the air.

      A car breaks tough a bank of low lying early morning fog near St Anna, Wisconsin.

      Jeff Wunrow works on an afternoon feeding at his farm near Potter, Wisconsin.

      Sunrise at Horicon Marsh near Horicon, Wisconsin.

       

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