Mary Ellen Matthews


Originally from the New York area, Mary Ellen Matthews started her career working in film production and music publicity. In the early 1990s, she transitioned into entertainment photography when she joined the staff of Saturday Night Live.

For the past decade and a half, Mary Ellen has been a top entertainment portrait photographer, creating colorful, iconic images of every well-known personality of the age. Her work documents the uber-famous in myriad fields, from pop stars (Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars) to politicians (Al Gore, George Bush, John McCain), sports legends (Tom Brady, Derek Jeter) to rock gods (Mick Jagger, U2, Jack White, Neil Young). Her experience includes film and television stills and publicity, advertising campaigns and rock tours.

Since 1999, she has been the photographer for Saturday Night Live, where she has been responsible for creating (and recreating each season) the distinctive look of the show’s still images. Through creative and playful styling and a demeanor that puts her subjects at ease-as well as intense post-production work-she produces unique and recognizable portraits under the manic deadlines of live television.

Recent clients include Warner Brothers Studios and Television, The Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Films. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Marie Claire  and the Spanish edition of Harper’s Bazaar.