Yesterday (7/26) was National Dog Photography Day, and Teddy and I celebrated by taking pup portraits at iconic Huntsville settings. It was a hot outside, but Teddy was a good sport about it—especially when I gave him one of his doggie ice cream treats afterwards.
Read on to learn where we grabbed our photos and why they make for great portrait backdrops.
1. U.S. Space + Rocket Center
Of course, Teddy and I had to start our day with one of the most famous Huntsville settings—the U.S. Space + Rocket Center.
Tip: If you get your dog to sit up on the hill to the left of the rocket, you’ll have a much easier time getting their whole body and the rocket in the frame.
2. Village of Providence
I remember when I first moved to Huntsville and drove into Village of Providence. I felt like I had discovered a fun little hidden gem and was stunned by the intricate architecture.
Tip: If you’re a Star Wars fan, grab a photo of your dog with the Darth Vader statue outside of Mellow Mushroom.
3. Big Spring Park
Big Spring Park is undoubtedly one of the most well-known Huntsville settings. Spanning 12.5 acres, the park offers a variety of portrait opportunities.
Tip: To get peak concentration performance from your dog, ensure the area is clear of ducks before taking your photo.
4. Twickenham Historic District
If you want to fancy things up a bit, head over to the Twickenham Historic District for some refined portraits of your furry friend. I think Teddy understood that this Huntsville setting required some elegance—he showcased his most dapper look.
Tip: Since this spot is right by the road, you’ll want to keep a tight hold of your dog’s leash during the photo session.
- Where: Huntsville, AL 35801
5. Downtown Huntsville murals
There’s no need to take your pet to a portrait studio when you have tons of mural backdrops right in your backyard. For a fun challenge, you could grab photos of your pet at every single Huntsville mural.
Tip: Take a photo at several murals and put them together for a fun pup collage.
Looking for things to do with your furry friend in the Rocket City? Check out our pet guides:
- Check out these 3 amazing self-serve dog washes in Huntsville
- Dog owners, this is the best pet-friendly shopping + dining in Huntsville
- National Walk the Dog Day — 4 amazing trails in Madison
- Here are 9 of Huntsville’s favorite dog-friendly restaurants