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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    April 8, 2018

    I'm fairly new to practicing yoga. I love that I can access this from my home so I can get a nice 25-30 minute yoga session in right before I get ready for work. It helps me feel refreshed and energized for the day. I love the different levels and intensity of the sessions, so I can choose which type of class I want to take depending on the way my body feels. I've only been a member for a week but I'm loving this so far!

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    April 5, 2018

    Good quality soft material. The white is nice and bright. Washed AMAZING! Had two big black stains and was able to get them out and my tank still looks new and white! Tank is a little boxy fitting but super cute with a side knot or back knot! The saying is a perfect reminder of how strong you are physically and mentally no matter where you are in your Bulldog journey! Excited to add to my new collection!!!

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    bulldog online Rating: 5 out of 5 I love bulldog yoga! Every class is one hour full of fun music and a kick a** instructor so when I walk out I feel stronger and calmer at the same time! I also love the online flexibility so I can take class from anywhere!!
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    April 1, 2018

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    March 31, 2018

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    March 30, 2018

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    bulldog online Rating: 5 out of 5 I took a class last week. It was creative, fun and set to great music. I don't particularly love practicing at home, preferring my studio. This has been a welcome addition to my routine. It changed my mind about streaming class.
    Jane S.
    March 24, 2018

    I took a class last week. It was creative, fun and set to great music. I don't particularly love practicing at home, preferring my studio. This has been a welcome addition to my routine. It changed my mind about streaming class.

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    March 22, 2018

    No matter your level of yoga or fitness this IS for you!!! I love how it fits my most busy days and laid back! I can do it anywhere! Also I love how you feel stronger after only a short period of doing bulldog and also how it still challenges you months later! There is nothing like it! Love it!!

    bulldog online Rating: 5 out of 5 I love bulldog yoga! It's helped me get back in shape after having kids. Best way to work out!
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    March 20, 2018

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    bulldog online Rating: 5 out of 5 These classes are so great when you can't make it into the studio. They are just like a live class minus the heat
    Megan S.
    March 17, 2018

    These classes are so great when you can't make it into the studio. They are just like a live class minus the heat