Guest Blogger: Rachel McGinn

bulldog's photographer extraordinaire.

Meet Rachel McGinn, the brilliant photographer behind the images you see here on the bulldog site and throughout all of our materials. We’re huge fans of her’s, and we couldn’t ask for photos that better capture the spirit and energy of our community.

Luckily for us, Rachel has offered to write about her bulldog experience here on the blog today. Keep reading to learn more — and to take a look at her beautiful work!

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My name is Rachel McGinn and I am a photographer, mother of three, Main Line native, and bulldog regular (the order depends on how I’m feeling that day!). I was drawn to the studio last year because of its aesthetically pleasing space, warm temperatures, and motivating playlists. As an added bonus, the leaders have become my friends, welcoming me each time I visit with a compliment or embrace. These are all things that make me extremely happy.

bulldog has been especially meaningful to me over the last few months, because winter is particularly difficult for me. I suffer from a condition called Raynaud’s, which causes poor circulation and numbness in my fingers and toes in response to cold temperatures. Practicing at bulldog has done wonders for me and my Raynaud’s. With increased circulation from certain poses (as well as toasty 92 degree temperatures!), I have had a much happier season.

When Top Dog Katy approached me about photographing the bulldog studio, leaders, and merchandise, it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. My work is always best when I am shooting something I am super passionate about — which meant that working with bulldog was the perfect fit.

I have been able to apply my experience at bulldog to all of my projects, past and present—and sometimes, even the ones that have yet to come. bulldog is a place where I can be transported, physically and mentally, allowing my mind to focus and wander at the same time. While I practice in the studio, I am envisioning beautiful, simple, soulful imagery. I feel most inspired during final rest, because it is when my own imagery comes into focus.

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My work has always had a strong focus on water, beaches, and all things related to warm weather, mostly because I really believe I was meant to live in a costal environment. Everyone is always surprised that I live in Pennsylvania, but my children are so happy here — we couldn’t think of moving! When our youngest graduates from high school, I will live somewhere with a citrus tree outside my kitchen window. bulldog better open a Southern California studio! For now, I have to rely on my strong power of visualization, meditation . . . and my passport!

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Images: Rachel McGinn

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