Mary Ellen Matthews


A New York Native, Mary Ellen Matthew has been a top entertainment portrait photographer for over two decades. She has created colorful, iconic images of every well-known personality of the age. Her work documents the uber-famous in myriad fields, from pop stars (Billie Eilish, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars), 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 Peacock, Hulu, Paramount Pictures, Netlflix, and Prime Video.  Her work has appeared in publications such as Variety, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire and the Spanish edition of Harper’s Bazaar.