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This Photographer Pays Clever Tribute To Madonna With The Help Of His Adorable Dog, Max

"It becomes something playful for both of us."

It may be a little tricky, but photographer Vincent Flouret has successfully managed to recreate some of Madonna's most iconic moments with the help of a very special guest model: his 6-year-old dog, Max

According to Bored Panda, Flouret was inspired to take photos of Max after volunteering with City Shelters in Los Angeles, where he photographed dogs to help them get adopted. 

Flouret tells A Plus in an email that it's been three years since he's decided to invest time in personal projects with his dog in addition to his commercial work. Flouret and Max now pay tribute to other artists, such as Madonna. 

"She's a dreamer, a believer, and a doer, and I definitely identify with that. And, of course, her music has been a big part of my life," Flouret says when asked why he chose to recreate Madonna's iconic looks. 


Of course, there are some challenges that come with photographing your pet.

"The most important challenge for me is to make him feel comfortable with these photo shoots," Flouret says. "To be able to do [this] and be enthusiastic about doing pictures like this, it's not just a question of training, but most of all, a matter of complicity. I present everything to him as a game and that's how we rehearse for each sitting. It becomes something playful for both of us."

"Then, between visual research, sourcing materials, training Max, making the costumes and building the sets, and, of course studying the light and taking the pictures, this project took a total of eight months to bring to life," Flouret adds. 

The resulting images, a collection called Maxdonna, include Max posing in a cowgirl hat like Madonna on her single cover for "Music," to having wind-swept hair like the singer on her album True Blue. Madonna herself, in fact, has even reposted one of Flouret's shots on her own Instagram account with the caption "#othermood."

Finally, Flouret notes on Instagram that the project is helping to give back, too. Flouret sells all of the Maxdonna prints to benefit Madonna's charity, Raising Malawi. The organization "supports orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through health, education and community support," it says on its website. 

It's clear that Flouret has found a unique voice in his craft that's loved by many. The photographer shared with us his best advice for aspiring photographers: "Always do what you love, because one day or another, someone will tell you that he loves it, too."

And finally, when asked what he hopes people take away from seeing the Maxdonna images, Flouret responds with just one word: "happiness." 

Check out more images from Maxdonna" below and more of Flouret's work on his website








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