Here’s my hommage to the cool Saturday Night Live photos! My friend Khalil and I were just playing around in the studio when he took these shots. Then my friend Louise pointed out that the first shot looked like it could be one of those SNL bumpers so I thought I’d try it out! With a little editing, here’s what I got. Whatcha think? :) I’ve always admired the photos and commercial bumpers on Saturday Night Live. The images were always so interesting and different with each guest and more often than not, the photos were fun and quirky and shows a little more of the celebrities personalities.
There’s quite a unique process during both the photoshoot and post processing. In a recent issue of the magazine Digital Photo Pro, SNL photographer Mary Ellen Matthews did an interview where she briefly went through the process of shooting the bumpers for each show. She doesn’t have much time as she obviously needs to do them every week and moves quite quickly s, sometimes even shooting during rehearsals. I often wondered about the post processing that went into the images and what the original might have looked like so I went searching to find some before photos.
It was actually a little difficult to find original versions of the images from SNL but I did find some of Megan Fox. Here’s a before and after. (Maybe this wasn’t the best example as I am clearly no Megan Fox haha)
I can’t imagine how amazing it would be to be the official photographer for Saturday Night Live and going through that hustle and bustle every week. I just love her work! Her creativity and style made the in-between commercial break time a little more bearable for me. Even if the show was bad, at least the guests had a snazzy photo to briefly distract the viewers from the lack of humour. Check out more of Mary Ellen Matthews amazing work at Jed Root Inc.!