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SAG Photographer Who Snagged Picture of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Reveals What Actually Happened

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By Zachary Holt

The moment that captured the ex-couple after the Screen Actors Guild Award show has been making its way around the internet. People can't seem to get enough of how much time Brad Pitt and Jenifer Aniston have been spending time together. And although it's well-known that a picture is worth a thousand words, there hasn't been much said about what was behind the impromptu meeting the two had, that is, until now. The photographer, Emma McIntyre who was lucky to snap the picture revealed the special moment to People Magazine.

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The Area Was Hard to Capture Good Photos Due to Everyone Moving

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McIntyre first explained that the area in which she photographed is a place where a lot of the winners pass each other and mingle. But as a photographer, she shared that in these types of moments, it's hard to get a clean shot with everyone running around, oftentimes, leaving a blurry image. Here, though, McIntyre lucked out. She shared, "The moments are really joyful and there are often encounters between winners in this area. I try and capture as many of these celebratory moments as I can... It's always fun to capture spontaneous run-ins between actors."

Both Aniston and Pitt Had Just Accepted Awards and Were Backstage

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The scene was set up perfectly from the beginning, perhaps by fate. Aniston had just won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for The Morning Show, while Pitt similarly had just accepted the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Up a Time… in Hollywood.

McIntyre shared the scene, "[They were both backstage] doing the circuit of awards press," she explained. "Jennifer had just signed some posters for SAG and was about to walk the press line. I was running back and forth between the two backstage areas and had just taken some photos of Jennifer. I was about to leave when I saw Brad coming down the hallway and sensed there would be a photo-worthy moment."

McIntyre Sensed That a Big Moment Was About to Occur

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McIntyre's ability to sense that this was the making of a big moment would pay off as Pitt yelled out to Aniston to speak with and congratulate her on her win. The rest is history, as they say. "He called out 'Aniston!' and she turned around and they embraced and congratulated each other," she said. "It was a moment of two accomplished people at the top of their game, acknowledging each other’s successes and genuinely seeming happy to see one another.

A Truly Special Moment By Close Friends with Years of Acting Experience

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The moment for McIntyre was especially powerful, as she saw two people with a rich history together and twenty-plus years in the acting industry really happy for each other. "The moment was really touching and you could sense the respect between two people who have known each other 20+ years and are both outstanding in their field," she said.

"I positioned myself to the side of where Brad and Jennifer were standing, so their reaction was more angled to me meaning I could capture their interaction and expressions."

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