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    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 four years and have experience with weddings, family portraits, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, seniors, professional headshots and more. My fine art photography has been exhibited in several galleries, including Through This Lens, The Durham Arts Guild SunTrust Gallery, and Mercury Studio. In addition, my work appears regularly on,, and has been included in Duke Today Online, Hope Valley Living magazine, and Gist From the Mill magazine. Please feel free to look around and check out my professional galleries under the "Portfolio" menu button above.

    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!


Kidznotes | A Durham Non-Profit

In preparation for their annual gala, I worked with non-profit Kidznotes this week to photograph some of their lucky students for Arts Now NC. Kidznotes provides 10 free hours of music instruction weekly to a large number of students in grades K-7 who might otherwise not be able to afford to play an instrument. Check out more info on them here, and see some photos below.







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Stephanie & Honore: Downtown Durham Anniversary Session

These two cuties were celebrating five years together on the day we got together for this shoot. We had a blast roaming around the Duke East campus vicinity, including the famous graffiti tunnel, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Smith Warehouse. It was so wonderful to see their adorable relationship shine in front of the camera, and such fun to be around their enthusiasm. Here are some favorites.







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Alyssa | An Artist’s Inspiration

Recently did a shoot at one of my favorite places in all of Durham – the Eno River. Artist Alyssa Hinton was featured for a website I shoot with, Arts Now NC, in our “An Artist’s Inspiration” column. For the column, the artist and I visit a place that inspires them and take photographs there, to give potential buyers and appreciators of their art a view into how they get inspired to create. Here are a few photos from Alyssa’s shoot. For more, and the story behind her inspiration, read the full piece on Arts Now.






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