5 iconic Huntsville settings for your best pup portraits [MAP]

Teddy smiling in the historic Twickenham District
Grab your dog’s best bandana, your phone or camera and take some amazing pics. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

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

Teddy with the Huntsville Rocket—one of the iconic Huntsville settings
A photo of your dog with the Huntsville rocket? It doesn’t get much more iconic than that. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

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

Teddy at The Village of Providence
The brick-line streets and beautiful architecture of Village of Providence make it a perfect backdrop. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

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

Teddy in big spring park—one of the iconic Huntsville settings
The Japanese Bridge’s vibrant red color adds some personality to your dog portraits. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

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

Teddy in the historic Twickenham District
Teddy harnessed his best sophisticated gaze for his Twickenham portrait. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

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.

5. Downtown Huntsville murals

Teddy in font of welcome to Huntsville mural
Huntsville’s mural game is strong. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

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.

Where: Take a look at our list of 17 Huntsville murals, including an interactive map!

Looking for things to do with your furry friend in the Rocket City? Check out our pet guides:

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Lacey Spear
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