Mike Roemer, a photographer based out of the Green Bay area.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he studied photography and communications. Roemer is a commercial photographer today, but he wasn't always. In fact, he kicked things off in much the same way I hope to utilize my college degree- Photojournalism. His background is immersed in the deadline intensive world of daily newspapers and editorial photography; he traveled west to the state of South Dakota for that opportunity.
Today, Roemer runs his own business. That doesn't mean he doesn't travel though. In fact, according to his website, he not only travels nationally, but internationally on a regular basis to help his clients get what they need. The end result is a diverse portfolio, with a wide range of visually-stimulating creations. On behalf of One Stop Poetry, we hope you enjoy a sample of his work as he shares his insights with us today. —Chris Galford
Mike: I love turning a shot into something the client and the subject doesn't expect. I shoot with very shallow depth of field and as wide or as long of a lens as possible. I also use a great deal of gels to add a little extra punch to my images. I love the look on a client's face when I show them the image on the back of the camera or on my laptop and they can't believe I created that from what they see in front of them.
Do you maintain a personal philosophy about photography?
Mike: Shoot every picture like it's going to be a portfolio image. Give every picture your all.
On your site you note you travel pretty regularly & extensively for your photo-work. In all that roaming around, have you found any favorite spots/locations you've taken photos in?
Mike: I love variety. I've loved shooting transportation photography in the deserts of Arizona, I love the challenge of gaming and casino photography in casinos from Wisconsin to Mississippi, I love shooting healthcare photography in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. For me to be happy, I need to have a variety of subjects and locations. A perfect week of shooting for me would be a couple of days of annual report photography for a healthcare client, a couple of days of casino photography, and then finish the week off shooting the Packers at Lambeau Field. The shoot that I really want to do this winter is in the ice caves of the Apostle Island near Bayfield, Wisconsin on Lake Superior. My wife and I have kayaked and snowshoed into the caves and I've done some photography up there, but this winter I want to head up there with a fleet of small strobes and do some cool unexpected shots. The ice caves that form in the winter are controlled by the National Park Service. Some years the caves are open for a month, and some years they aren't open at all; it all depends on the quality of the ice.
Do you find common ground between photography and other creative pursuits like writing or poetry?
Mike: They are all forms of expressing one's creativity, but with some aspects of photography like news and sports if you miss that magical moment you can't recreate it.
What sort of education/experiences have you gone through to get where you are today?
Mike: I studied photography in college and graduated with a degree in communications. While I was in college, I interned at three different daily newspapers during the summers, and I also was a freelancer for the Associated Press shooting Packers games in Green Bay.
How much of your work/photography in general would you say is pure shot vs. post-processing/digital editing?
Mike: I really try to do as much as I can in camera. I do some photomerge and HDR work in Photoshop along with minor touch-ups and such, but my in-camera philosophy comes from my editorial roots.
Mike: I shoot with Canon cameras and have their rapid fire cameras for sports and their full frame big capture cameras for the rest. I have lenses from a 15 mm fisheye to a long and fast 400 mm F 2.8 for sports and some commercial work and the occasional portrait. I use Photomechanics and Photoshop for my editing. For lighting I use mostly Elinchrom and Chimera products.
What would you suggest to people just beginning with photography?
Mike: There are an endless amount of places to learn on the web. Look at other photographers' web sites and blogs for inspiration, but still come up with your own style. I would also suggest to any young photographer to learn by assisting an established photographer. Assisting is a great way to learn the business. I learned by shooting 4 or 5 assignments a day early on in my career at a daily newspaper, but I also wish I would have assisted more in my younger days.
To learn more about Mike & his work, check out the following links:
Official website: http://www.roemerphoto.com/
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