Carle Photography

I steal souls; then sell them back at a profit.


Mariah Carle Photographer

Mariah Carle’s award-winning photography has been published by the New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, Cupido, Seattle Stranger, &

Mariah is a full-time photographer & artist who lives & works in the Jingletown Arts District of Oakland, California. Whether working in her unique loft or on location, she inspires each client’s individuality while producing spontaneous & diverse images. Mariah exorcises her own angst by tackling social constructs of beauty & sex, bringing-forth a one-woman art revolution against puritanical ideology.  In her spare time Mariah also works with art installations, writes, teaches, & regularly facilitates community outreach events such as local 2nd Friday Artwalks.



Galleries : Clients : Publications

Dark Garden Corsets, Photography – December 2013
Keffa Coffee, Oakland, CA – November 2013
NY Post -Guys just wanna have fun- Aug 13th 2013
Comixguy -Five By One: Mariah Carle- Aug 9th 2013
Lust Designs, SEO & Design & Photography – June 2013
Urban Legends Cellar, Oakland, CA June 2013
Gray Loft Gallery Oakland, CA – February 2013
Playboy TV – March 21 2013
San Francisco Chronicle – February 10th 2013
Center For Sex & Culture San Francisco, CA – May 2012
San Jose Mercury News – April 10th 2012
Malonga Arts Center Oakland, CA – April 2012
SEAF Installation Art- Grant Awarded – Seattle, WA – June 2012
SEAF Visual Art Seattle, WA – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Gray Loft Gallery Oakland, CA- February 2012
Vicious Bettie’s Magazine – July 2011
F11 Books Volumes 1,2,4
Cupido Magazine Norway – August 2011
Pro Arts Gallery Oakland, CA – June 2011
Artists Alley San Francisco, CA – June 2011
Chado Tea Room Los Angeles, CA – June 2011
Alameda Patch – December 2010
Jingletown Art Walk Oakland, CA – 2010, 2011
Seattle Stranger Magazine – May 2010
San Francisco Gate Magazine – May 2010
Gallery Provocateur Chicago, IL – June 2010
Rorschach Complex Pomona, CA – June 2010
Oakland Local News & Community

Media : Press

Playboy TV Boarding Pass- Airing October 2013 to February 2014
Today we finished shooting for Playboy TV’s new 23 episode travel show that will include Carle Photography working with three amazing boudoir clients. Stay tuned for more updates when the program airs this October.

The San Francisco Chronicle
The Boudoir Mans Up by Tony Bravo “These days Oakland photographer Mariah Carle is just as likely to take provocative portraits of either sex at her Jingletown studio. Her first subject was a female friend looking to do a boudoir shoot in 2008; less than a year later, men starting calling with the same request. For Carle, boudoir shoots are less about nudity and overtly sexual setups and more about helping people get comfortable in front of the camera.”

Gray Loft Gallery 2nd Annual Love Show
On display will be photographs, paintings, collage, sculpture, jewelry, textiles and handmade cards which reflect love, passion, lust, hope, romance, broken hearts, unrequited love, true love, and hearts in many shapes and forms. This is not a Hallmark Valentine show, but rather a visual dialogue about love in its many incarnations and interpretations that reflect a diverse theme of love.

Peoples Grocery Oakland
Ten Year Annual Report
Photograph used in center spread of The Present article.

The Seattle Times
Seattle Erotic Art Festival marks its 10th anniversary by Michael Upchurch “Bay Area photographer Mariah Carle’s “Shorts” is about defiance as much as sensuality. Her body-painted male model (a military veteran?) has one arm amputated and a rippling scar in the middle of his belly. Staring directly into the camera, he’s fully owning and transcending his damage.” Also I won a grant award for ‘The Little Black Dress’ art installation as well as having 2 of my visual art pieces, “Shorts” and “Flicking the Bean” in the show.

Bay Area Reporter
Considering the Penis “The Dick Show” at the Center for Sex and Culture: “The Dick Show”
The Dick Show, curated by Jack Davis, a long-time Radical Faerie well known for crocheting and exhibiting penis covers, brushes against ideas of gender. Along with other Bay Area artists, Mariah Carle exhibited her nude study. “The nude study taken by photographer Mariah Carle is razor-crisp yet warm, revealing a one-armed and much-scarred man, defiant and proud.”
By John F. Karr

Dark Garden Pin Up Corset Boudoir Party
Come swing into summer with us June 10th at:
Dark Garden Corsets
We hosted a very special evening filled with corsets, photography, styling, did I mention beautiful corsets?

San Jose Mercury News
Boudoir Photography Goes Mainstream.
Boudoir Photo Essay
“My oldest client was 75,” says Mariah Carle, who started Bay Area Boudoir five years ago in a live-work artist’s loft in Oakland’s Jingletown neighborhood near Interstate 880. “She wanted to preserve her good looks, just like younger women who say, ‘I want nice pictures of myself before I’m old and wrinkly.’ Others, of course, are just exhibitionists and want to do it in a safe place.”

Seattle Erotic Arts Festival
For the fourth year in a row I have been honored to be accepted in theSeattle Erotic Arts Festival or SEAF. In June of 2012 I will be exhibiting two pieces of visual art, one piece of installation art as well as teaching three classes on the marketing and selling of art as an artist.

Fine Art : Mixed Media

As a professional photographer many of the I images I have created are of my clients ideas and fantasies. The wonderful people who hire me trust me to bring their personal vision to life. As a visual artist, I also spend time on my own personal fine art photography projects. These may include my own ideas, dreams, challenges I put to myself to help expand my technical knowledge; or just the visions that swirl around in my brain keeping me awake at 3:00 in the morning. I also many times collaborate with other fine art photographers. We share ideas and skills each teaching and learning from each other.

100 Wara Project
This project stemmed from a camera malfunction and subsequent upgrade, since I am a working photographer I have very little time to spend on learning the minute differences in the new camera to replace my old one. I can’t just go out on a job with a new camera out of a box and expect to perform at my best. So a good artist friend of mine and I came up with this project that would push the boundaries of both technical skills as well as our imagination. 1 Camera, 1 Lens, 1 photographer, 1 Model, 1 Room = 100 unique portraits. 100Wara


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