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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

Wisconsin Editorial Photographer • Packers vs Falcons In Monday Night Football

The one major plus of being a sport photographer shooting NFL football games during Covid times, is that my knees sure feel better after a Packers games. Over my career, my knees sure have taken a beating kneeling for multiple hours shooting sports. I don’t move around much shooting at Lambeau since my preferred shooting position is the end zone where I have an unblocked view of the entire field. Back in my younger days, I could easily spring up and grab a random feature or a Lambeau Leap, but now I’m guessing the fans in the north end zone of Lambeau think I’m a bajillion year old man as I struggle to get up after rigor mortis sets in to my knees during those cold weather games. This year is totally different; I’m sitting in the front row shooting just a few feet back from my usually spot and just a few feet higher. I’ll be happy to go back to field level when the NFL and the Packers rule it safe, but my knees will be disappointed.

Here are some of my favorite photos from covering the Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers defeated the Falcons to stay undefeated in the early NFL season at 4-0.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Green Bay Wisconsin Photographer • NFL Football During Covid • Green Bay Packs Game Without Fans

If you would have told me when I walked off of Lambeau Field after the last home game of the 2019 season that the next Packers game I would shoot would be in an empty stadium and I’d be wearing a mask to help to protect me from a world wide pandemic, I would have said you’re nuts. I’ve shot a ton of Packers games over the years and I have a bunch of memories from those games I won’t soon forget, but Sunday’s game is one that will always stand out. Sunday’s game was my first Packers game during Covid. It was totally bizarre in so many ways to document the game in a stadium without fans. I’m usually shooting from field level, but during these times only the team photographers are allowed on the field; the few non-team photographers that are allowed in the stadium are shooting from the stands. Luckily the first row of seats at Lambeau aren’t that high off the field, so we didn’t have as severe of a downward angle as photographers in some other stadiums.

This was also my first sporting event since March 5th, so my skills may have been a tad rusty. Being on the field during a regular NFL game, you hear many things the average fan doesn’t, but that got taken to a new level on Sunday since there was only some faint piped in background noise which did little to disguise the crazy trashing talking between the players.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

The sign in front of Lambeau Field during the first Packers home game during Covid times, no fans allowed.
Green Bay Packers first round draft pick, quarterback Jordan Love, keeps an eye on a bee and on Aaron Rodgers during warm ups.
Green Bay Packers’ Matt LaFleur wears a face mask because of Covid and wears a patch to end racism.
With the stands of Lambeau Field empty behind them because of Covid the Detroit Lions stand and kneel for the national anthem. The Packers did not come out of the tunnel till after the anthem.
The Green Bay Packers run out on to the field after the national anthem.
The Packers and the Lions play in an empty Lambeau Field.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass to Marvin Jones.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander tries to break up a pass t0 Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones.
Detroit Lions Kerryon Johnson celebrates a touchdown with a Lambeau leap.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford escapes the defensive pressure of Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kingsley Keke.
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson tries to escape a Packers defender.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones celebrates a touchdown.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones tries to escape the defensive pressure of Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jamie Collins.
Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah gets flagged for unnecessary roughness after shoving Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams after the Adams stepped out of bounds.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard gets upended by Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass to receiver Davante Adams.
Detroit Lions strong safety Duron Harmon bears up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling pulls in a pass as cornerback Jeff Okudah defends.
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan celebrates a touchdown.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers helps running back Aaron Jones celebrates a touchdown run.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Chandon Sullivan celebrates an interception for a touchdown.
Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift leaps a group of Packers defenders for first down.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling tires to stand inbound on a catch and run as Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah defends.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams run for touchdown.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looses the ball after getting hit by a Packers defender.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talk after the game.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers runs off Lambeau Field after the Packers defeated the Lions.

Wisconsin Architectural Photographer • Using A Drone For Architecture Photography

I was recently contacted by Marc Brummel of Brummel Architectural Group in De Pere, Wisconsin to shoot some architectural photos of one of his recent residential designs.  I’ve done architecture photography of some of Marc’s projects before and he does some very cool work.  This shoot had a bit of a challenge, as the house sat on a rock ledge. To get the type of shots Marc wanted, I would need to fly my drone within inches off the top of some trees.  He wanted the shots at dusk, so I’d need to try and keep the drone steady for a slightly longer exposure for that time of day.

I scouted the project during daylight hours and shot various photos so I could key in with Marc on the exact shots he wanted. I wanted to be as efficient as possible with those last few minutes of dusk, when the sky has that deep blue hue, the lights within the house start giving their nice warm glow and you still have enough ambient light to give detail to the exterior.

On the day of the final shoot, we had some great weather except for higher winds than I had wanted.  I hoped they would die down as night fall set in, but if anything, they picked up.  I still flew the mission, kept things safe and was impressed with how well my DJI Mavic 2 Pro held steady in the wind.  My shutter speed for the main shots was 1/13th of a second; I’ve shot slower than that with the drone, but always in calm winds.  I shot plenty of frames to make sure I had something that would work.  I had a few frames with some camera shake, but more than enough to make my client happy.  

So, here are a few of my favorite shots from the shoot!

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Green Bay, Wisconsin Drone Photographer • Portrait Photography With A Drone

I recently had a magazine shoot in a remote area near Munising, Michigan to shoot a portrait for a story on a couple from New York that had moved to a cabin in the woods for a year. The client had examples of the type of shot they wanted, showing the subject in a relaxed pose, and addressing the camera with the cabin behind them. I got plenty of those shots, but I had a little bit of the subjects’ time left and they were more than willing to let me try one more shot. For this shot, I used my drone so I could get about 30 feet in the air and look down on them standing on the front porch with the cabin and its environment around them. During the time of day we shot, the front porch and the camera side of the cabin were in shadow rimmed by the late morning light from the east, which made the background bright and contrasty. Not exactly the most friendly of exposures, but with the dynamic range of the sensor in the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and just the right amount of toning in Adobe Camera Raw, I was able to get a shot I really liked.

I’m finding more and more uses for the drone and I’m starting to feel that I always need to pack it as necessary gear for just about any shoot. 

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Wisconsin Drone Photographer • Photos Of The Green Bay CityDeck

I love it when everything comes together just right with a little added extra surprise to make a shot even better.  Last week I did a late day drone shoot for Boston based Stoss Landscape Urbanism of the downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin CityDeck.  I had shot this project when it was original built through the three yearly phases of construction and how the Green Bay community used the river front project.  Earlier this summer Stoss reached out to me, after seeing some of my other drone photography, to see if I could get some updated shots of the deck with my drone.  The ¼ mile long, 2.5 acre linear park runs along the edge of the Fox River and connects a regional network of bike and pedestrian trails with downtown Green Bay. It was important to get shots showing how the project interacted with it’s environment.  I was real happy with how this shot was coming together and even more happy when I saw this pleasure craft approaching and knew the bridges would be opening for it.  I shot this photo at just shy of the FAA ceiling for flying a drone of 400 feet above ground level and within the half hour after sunset that a FAA licensed part 107 pilot can fly with the proper lighting on their drone.  I was happy with the way all the elements came together and how I got my client the type of shots they where looking for.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

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