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!
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.