Though he's never stepped behind the camera in a professional capacity, he nursed a latent interest in photography around that time, an interest that — in combination with this gift — yielded a rare, intimate glimpse at the private lives of Pitt and Jolie that W published in 2008.
It depicts Jolie at the family's home in the South of France with their six children — and two dogs — in repose, breast-feeding the newborns, and out and about on the 998-acre estate.
"I’m with a man who’s evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful, because of the journey it has taken and what it has created," Jolie told Bagley in 2008 — he described her, in the same story, as a kind of "postfeminist icon," alluding to her then-upcoming role in Salt, an action part originally penned for Tom Cruise.
But the description could also have referred to many aspects of Jolie's life: her decision to adopt, as a single mother, to which there is still something of a taboo attached, or her seemingly preternatural confidence in herself and her relationship, or her decision to forego a publicist mediator in her dealings with a press.
I think it just needed to be the right man." In the wake of Jolie's filing for divorce from Pitt after two years of marriage and a decade-plus-long relationship, these images still stand as a brief freeze-frame in the life of the most famous couple in the world — a power couple that few Hollywood pairings have since matched.