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Hello and welcome to The Hawk & Sparrow! Your choice for a St. Paul Photographer who offers body positive sessions and prides themselves on inclusivity. We are a woman owned business and are proud to offer Wedding Photography and Boudoir and Intimate Portrait Photography.  The Hawk & Sparrow’s team of photographers stands for body positivity because we want you to see the innate beauty in yourself just the way you are! Looking for a St. Paul Photographer for Family or Newborn Portraits? Visit our sister company Memory Me Studio

Learn more about our team here.

plus size boudoir portrait of a woman laying on her back on a couch. portrait taken by body positive mn photographer Madelin Zaycheck

What is in a name?

The St. Paul  Photographer  who is the founder of The Hawk & Sparrow has a personal reason behind the name. What is it you ask? The name is personal for Madelin Zaycheck,because of the hawk and sparrow tattoo on her chest. For her, the tattoo represents the perpetual struggle and balance between so many things in the universe.

Black and White Boudoir Self Portrait by St. Paul Photographer

There is always a reason for both sides of something. Because happiness without sorrow does not have the same sweetness. One without the other wouldn’t have the same impact on our lives. It is because we know the one that we can appreciate the other.   Most things we experience can be more thoroughly appreciated when we have the contrast. For The Hawk & Sparrow, this is where this body positive portraiture lays, the fine line between who you are to yourself and who you are to others. 

  • being the predator/prey
  • masculine/feminine
  • give/take
  • the provider/to be provided for
  • love/war
  • Questioning/Satisfied
  • yin/yang
  • light/dark

Oh, the places we can go!

Our photography brand name is intended to be inclusive,  It is most important to us that everybody (yes you!) understands that they are worthy and capable of being photographed no matter how their body is or how they identify. Therefore you see the language of Body Positive and Intimate Portraits, “boudoir” Though a term I still use,  is technically a term for a woman’s dressing/private room, and portraits made in that location. The Hawk & Sparrow is more than that. Because of this, we have made the shift to also using more inclusive language. The Hawk & Sparrow is intimate portraits for anyone made anywhere. We may not be the only St. Paul Photographer, but we are the one you will love!

Outdoor Boudoir Photography in St. Paul Minnesota
  • In an outdoor setting? Yes!
  • In your kitchen? Yes!
  • In a public location that you have private access to?
  • On a mountain? HECK YES (DID THIS IN OCTOBER! BLOG COMING SOON)
  • Fields of flowers? Yep
  • In a lake or in a river? Sure thing!
  • A rooftop with the skyline? Yes, if you have access!
  • In a hotel or Airbnb? Yes! renting a space is a great option!
  • In your bedroom? You thought I’d forget? Yes! Still a great space!
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