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How to Take Great Dog Pictures for Sculpting

Given that the sculpture is a 3D rendering of your beloved pet, I will require pictures that were taken in a very particular angle, to perfectly capture the depth of your dog’s dimensions. This is a checklist of the photos that are required to sculpt your dog in the best way possible:

  1. Left and Right lateral profile image
  2. Dorsal image
  3. Straight-on image
  4. Image that captures their facial expression


Lateral View
(Profile View)

Lateral view refers to the view of your dog’s profile. I will need to receive photos of both, their left and right profiles. These two photos will help me to understand the length of their skull, jaw, and ears.

Dorsal View
(Back of Dog's Head)

Dorsal view refers to the back of your dog’s head. Those photos are best taken from behind them, if possible. The goal of the dorsal view is to see the length and width of their skull.


The straight-on photograph will give me a clear view of the space between their eyes, and also see the curve of their ears.


It’s crucial to send a photo capturing their facial expression, as this will help me capture their unique personality.

Please to avoid “flat” photos that do not provide sufficient depth.

Please avoid the bad hair-do issue. In order to capture their facial expression and personality, I need to see their eyes.


Depth is the most important dimension when it comes to sculpting. Without a proper perception of depth, it will be very challenging to create a realistic rendering of your companion. Therefore the lighting you use when taking pictures of your dog is as crucial as the orientation of those pictures.

Here are a few pointers for the lighting:

  • The best orientation for lighting is from the top. To create this kind of lighting, attempt taking pictures with your dog outdoors, in the shade or on a cloudy day.
  • Avoid backlighting. In other words, try not to have the light source behind your dog when taking the picture.
  • Avoid taking pictures with flash. Taking pictures with flash could lead to your dog squinting, which would make it very challenging to grasp your dog’s facial expression and personality correctly.
Please avoid having the light behind your subject

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