Hi there.


Hi, I’m Beth, the owner and photographer behind Early Bird Photo.

For me, photography has always been about people. When I was a kid, I would spend hours poring over the family photo albums. My dad used to glue tons of those little photo corners onto the page and caption every photo with a felt tip pen. I still remember what each of those pages looked like because of what they showed me: photographs were a vehicle for his love.

They are for me too. In 2011, I became a photographer to use my passion and positivity to help others share more love, community, and moments together.


“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Beth for our engagement pictures. Beth was fun and very professional. I had been concerned that posing would be awkward and uncomfortable, but she made us feel completely at ease. Not to mention the pictures came out beautifully! 



I’ve learned that when you photograph people, rather than a landscape or a still life, capturing each moment is inherently fleeting. Its very nature is that it will only exist for a split second. People are beautifully unique and the emotions we share with one another (both happy and sad) are ultimately what make our lives worth living.

Photography is my way to celebrate that. I get to be there to support you and cheer you on during special days. And then, through albums and other keepsakes, I’m able give you beautiful records of growth and change in yourself and in your families.


Early Bird is what comes naturally. It empowers me to use my creativity to bring more joy to your life. And at the end of the day, there’s no better feeling for me.

Durham's most cheerful photographer,



Working with Beth was an absolute pleasure. She captured precious candid moments from my daughter’s first birthday and allowed our family to relax, enjoy, and actually be a part of those moments.

/  annaliese gresham  /


Beth Mann is the owner of Early Bird Photo, formerly BWPW Photography, and is happily based in Durham, North Carolina. She is a community-minded local business owner, an avid crafter and comic book fan (Daredevil!), and loving wife to her husband, Darrin. Say hello here.

Beth is also the photographer and artist behind The Who I Am Project, an empowerment photography experience for pre-teen girls and their families. Learn more here