Welcome to BWPW Photography, based in Durham, NC and serving the Raleigh-Durham and surrounding areas. I'm Beth Mandel and I would love to be your photographer! I cherish the process of capturing life through my lens, providing you with images that will anchor your memories for generations to come.

    I have been a professional photographer for three years and have experience with weddings, family portraits, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, newborns, professional headshots and more. My fine art photography has been exhibited in both Through This Lens and Mercury Studio, and my photojournalism appears online at Triangle.com, Duke Today's online newspaper, and Gist From the Mill magazine. Please feel free to look around and check out my professional galleries under the "Portfolio" menu button.

    Thank you so much for visiting. I look forward to learning more about your photo aspirations and how I can help you achieve them. Use the "Contact Me" button to drop me a line!

Amanda & Brandon’s Wedding

Amanda & Brandon were wed last month at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, and it was a true pleasure to be there to photograph their special day. Our lovely bride, Amanda, got ready for her special day in a gorgeous room at the Siena Hotel. We collaborated with the fabulous A&A Weddings on this one, so check out their site here and give them some love, too! Here are some favorites of the shots I took throughout the day (click to enlarge and advance):

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Saltbox – A Durham Institution

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of eating at Saltbox Seafood on Mangum, stop what you’re doing and go get some lunch. Then come back and check out our photos, which we had the pleasure of shooting last week for this article by Durm’s fabulous website – Clarion Content. Chef Ricky was a pleasure to work with, and gave us some great action. Here are some faves from the shoot:












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K&A Garden and Gallery Wedding

Last month I was gifted with the opportunity to photograph the wedding of an amazing same sex couple – K&A – who had recently had their legal ceremony in Washington D.C. and were now returning home to Durham to complete the celebration amongst their community of loving family and friends. No offense meant to any of my previous awesome clients, but this was the most incredible wedding I have ever had the privilege of attending & photographing.

The ceremony took place in a small private garden on Holloway Street, in the much-coveted Cleveland Holloway neighborhood. I could not imagine a more beautiful setting within the amazing city K&A (and I) call home. It gives Duke Gardens a serious run for its money.

The reception and dance party were at the super cool Carrack Modern Art Gallery on Parrish street, and catering was done by the fantastic Loaf Bakery situated just downstairs.

Every detail of this wedding was perfect, from the gorgeous brides and their fab dresses, to the touching ceremony, the fantastic food, art and dancing, and most importantly, the amazing aura of support that vibrated through the ether and off every wall because of the proud and loving community these ladies have assembled.

It was truly amazing. I hope the images do it justice. Here is just a super small selection of some of my favorites:

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DBAP Firework Photos

Went to a Durham Bulls game with DBF tonight and had a lovely time photographing the fireworks afterwards.

Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Arthur’s strong winds (even as far inland as Durham!) we were asked to move just a few minutes into the show, so I only got to take a few pictures. But I still feel like I got some good shots, and we have several more days of fireworks celebrations left to go.

If you’re unsure where else you can see the colorful displays this weekend, check out this great list from triangle.com!






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Sylvan Esso @ Cat’s Cradle 5/9/14

Proving that Durham loves, supports and nurtures its homegrown talent, Cat’s Cradle was packed wall to wall last night for Sylvan Esso‘s CD release show (prior to their upcoming tour).

Spotted were many of Durham’s well known figures (many taking a break from their regular jobs to get out and dance), including the Pie Pushers team, the Carrack’s lovely curator, several Haymakers, a member of Ariely’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, and many musicians, artists, and bon vivants. I heard the Bridge Bus was packed heading out to the show.

Amelia Meath’s partner, Nick Sanborn, expressed his sincere gratitude that despite having lived in Durham just two short years, he’s been embraced, welcomed and loved by our little city. “Mindblowing” “Boggling” “Astonishing” were some of the words the duo used to describe how they felt about the packed house and the love they were getting.

And it’s well deserved. Their sound is awesome, at once having a quality both lightly, ethereally nostalgic and heart-poundingly danceable. Durty, one might even say.

It was a great show. I alternated between dancing and shooting, so I don’t have as many pics as I normally might. Here are a few of my faves:

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