Whenever a new episode of Saturday Night Live is coming up, I always look forward to the stunning photos of their guest celebrities. Each photo is artistically done and you see portraits of celebrities like you’ve never seen them before. From a pool of photos, you can easily tell which ones are from SNL–striking colored plain background and artistic shots of celebrities. The person responsible for taking such beautiful portraits is Mary Ellen Matthews, a New York-based photographer. She’s been the official photographer of SNL’s guest portraits since 1999. For more than a decade, Mary Ellen Matthews had been taking portraits of famous celebrities every week–from famous hollywood stars and music legends, to influencial political leaders.