Photography: Webster Alumnus Makes Career of Shooting the Stars

| April 1, 2014
Leonardo DiCaprio

Webster alumnus Maarten de Boer has made a career of photographing Hollywood’s biggest celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio.

Why take a interdisciplinary core curriculum? Because you never know how you’ll put different skills to use.

Webster Univeristy alumnus Maarten de Boer majored in special education, but since graduating he has made a career of photographing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. It was photography and the photo classes he took as electives at Webster that developed into a career as a sought-out photographer of the stars.

“At that point, it still hadn’t occurred to me that photography could have been a viable career choice,” said de Boer. “I continued to take photo classes as electives, spending more time in the dark room. It wasn’t until my final year in school that I dabbled with the idea of pursuing photography.”

Not only has de Boer found a way to turn his love for photography into a career, he’s developed a successful business in Los Angeles with a strong portfolio of celebrity portraits.

His celebrity portraits can be seen in a number of publications such as People Magazine, Time Magazine, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly or on his professional website, and follow his photos on Instagram.

Read about his unique story and check out some of his portraits in this feature at

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