Angelina Jolie had a photo shoot with bees for National Geographic.
Photographed by Dan Winters, Angelina's portraits with the bees aim to promote the for Women for Bees initiative.
"Angelina Jolie has long been involved with the UNHCR as a special envoy, and now she's also working with UNESCO and Guerlain on a Women for Bees initiative that will ultimately build 2,500 bee hives and restock 125 million bees by 2025—while training and supporting 50 women beekeepers. To promote the initiative for World Bee Day, in collaboration with @natgeo, Angelina wanted to do a portrait covered in bees," Dan said in his Instagram post.
The photographer relayed that photo shoot was challenging considering that there were many factors to consider.
"As a longtime beekeeper myself, when I was given the assignment, my main concern was safety. Shooting during the pandemic, with Angelina, a full crew and live bees made the execution complex," he shared.
Dan said that they hired an entomologist to create a specific type of pheromone to execute the shoot, which is the same technique that photographer Richard Avedon used in his portrait "The Beekeeper" 40 years ago.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, a pheromone is "a chemical that an animal produces which changes the behavior of another animal of the same species."
"The entomologist offered to let us use some of the pheromone from the Avedon shoot. We used calm Italian bees. Everyone on set, except Angelina, had to be in a bee suit for protection. I applied the pheromone by hand in the places on her where I wanted bees to congregate. The bees are attracted to the pheromone, but it also encourages them not to swarm," Dan relayed.
The photographer remarked that he was totally in awe of how Angelina executed the shot.
"Angelina stood perfectly still, covered in bees for 18 minutes without a sting. Being around bees is always an experience that leaves me in awe. I feel like our offering for World Bee Day has its own roots in photographic history. Creating this portrait exactly 40 years later, not only honors bees and beekeepers everywhere today, but also honors Richard Avedon, his iconic image and the technique by which it was achieved. Happy World Bee Day!" he said.