About Us

Oakland Location:

527 23rd Ave. #104

Oakland CA 94606

Photographer : Mariah Carle

Mariah Carle spends her time flitting between New Orleans, LA & Oakland, CA.
When she is not designing new sets & doing boudoir photography, she teaches photography classes & workshops around the US.  Her award winning art & photography has been published by Playboy, New York Post, Shutterbug, Boing Boing, San Francisco Chronicle, Cupido, Seattle Stranger, & Jezebel.com. One of her large scale mixed media sculptures is on permanent exhibit in Seattle with the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. If you ask her what she does, she will tell you.
“I steal souls; then sell them back at a profit”

Manager : Nat

I am Nat, a lover of all things art. I have been an art model in quite a few US markets (most recently NYC and Boston), and love working with photographers, models, and artists of all levels and encouraging everyone around me to create. I am non binary (i.e. do not identify as strictly male or female) and aim to foster an inclusive community.

Consuelo Lopez found her love for makeup artistry while attending High School Fashion Industries in New York City. Following high school, Consuelo began her fashion makeup career with Givenchy, then transitioned to work in theatrical production companies such as the Florida Grand Opera and Broadway. Her experiences landed her a position with Blush School of Makeup in San Francisco, where she held a teaching position for three years. She is now the owner of CTL Makeup Artistry and is also a member of Pandora FX. She continues to pursue her passions in health and beauty makeups, body painting, and out-of-kit special effects. She is currently developing a series of makeup and special makeup effects workshops for Pandora FX.

Makeup & Hair: Bethany  Eskandani

Bethany Eskandani is a professional certified makeup artist serving the San Francisco Bay Area in media and boudoir. Art has been her passion since she was a child. Architecture and figure drawing were her favorite in college but she eventually majored in Anthropology studying pre human hominid skulls throughout the ages (and more) as well as working in fashion and body modification. This gives her a different perspective on face structure that she applies to each of her clients during her makeup application. Bethany works exclusively with productions companies, photographers, and modeling agencies to provide a perfect makeup for the camera. Some of her recent clients include corporate interviews with companies like Google Venture and Nest, comedy sketches for Funny or Die, and documenting transgender transition through boudoir photography. Her mission is to empower her clients to feel confident on the day of their shoot by bringing out their natural beauty, resemble their inner beauty.

Read our great reviews:

Working with Mariah was fantastic. She made me feel super comfortable and relaxed, and really created the images I was looking for. The photographs are stunning, and I couldn’t have asked for better ones! 10.10.2015

Shooting with Mariah is always a fantastic experience, and she is my go to for both photography and studio services in the Bay Area. Her studio is beautiful – conveniently located in downtown Oakland it sports free street parking, a large airy space with plenty of natural light, and a phenomenal rotation of creative seasonal sets.  Mariah herself is a joy. She effortlessly combines professionalism with a fun demeanor that puts even the most camera shy subject at ease, and the energy and passion she brings to her calling is contagious. Whether you are someone searching for the right photographer to take intimate portraits of a special time in your life, an aspiring model or actor looking to build a strong portfolio, or a photographer seeking a studio space that offers more than the standard white walls and paper backgrounds, I can confidently assure you that Carle Photography is the right choice. 7.04.15

I received a boudoir photoshoot with Mariah as a birthday present.  I had no idea what to expect.  My photoshoot experience ended up being extremely fun, and Mariah made me feel very comfortable at her studio.  My pictures turned out amazing. 5.19.2015

I had the good fortune to use Mariah’s studio for a recent shoot in Oakland and I have nothing but positive things to say. 5.4.2015

Mariah is an incredible artist. She puts you at ease while she is photographing you, is professional and discrete, and brings out the best in everyone. I came to Mariah after losing about 100 pounds and was very self-conscious of my body. She made me feel beautiful and took incredible photos of me. She uses light like an painter uses oil, and her photos hardly needed any retouching. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for boudoir or pinup photos or artistic nudes. Two very enthusiastic thumbs-up. 3.5.15

I’ve known Mariah for some years now and from both sides of the lens, her open mind combined with her natural vision and years of experience make her one of the best at what she does. I can’t wait to work with her again (on both sides of the lens!) ALWAYS discreet and AWESOME! 03.06.2013

Having shot with Mariah a couple of times, I am pleased to share my very positive experiences here. Arranging/booking a shoot is a smooth, straightforward. 05.14.2013

I have hired Carle Photography to do two photo shoots. I have been very pleased, she always tries to accommodate me and work with in the idea for the shoot. 07.04.2013

Press : Galleries : Clients

San Francisco Erotic Film School March 2017
Seattle Erotic Arts Festival April 2017
Shutterbug Magazine: February 2017
Burlesque Coloring Book Summer 2017
Nudie Nubie Burlesque 2017
Playboy TV June 2016
Hubba Hubba Review January 2016
Killers & Kings Clothing November 2015
Gray Loft Gallery Oakland CA, November 2015
Kinky Coloring Book 2015
Keffa Coffee, June 2015
Illusion Magazine, May 2015
Philosophie Boudoir AIBP Magazine, March 2015
La Loma Medical Center, January 2015
Boing Boing, January 2015
420 Gallery Oakland, CA Nov 2014
Hyphen Magazine, Sept 2014
Alameda Sun, Sep, 2014
Rhythmix Theatre, Alameda, CA Aug 2014
Philosophie Boudoir AIBP Magazine, Aug, 2014
International Association of Boudoir Photographers, Aug 2014
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


Gray Loft Gallery
Gray Loft Gallery is very pleased to present NATURE (re)DEFINED, a group show of photography inspired by nature. The photographs in the exhibit offer a wide range of styles, including alternative processes, as well as classic nature photography of landscapes and plant life as they are found in their natural environment.  Traditional black and white images, color photography and mixed media works will be on view by a group of exceptional photographers. 11.13.15

Boing Boing
I love these images. They are very personal and highly entertaining. Mariah tells me she tries hard to make every session playful and works hard to engage her clients creativity. The stories she has told me about shoots do sound like a lot of fun! In addition to working with men, she also focuses on transgendered subjects and women. If you want some great shots of yourself wearing very little, or nothing at all, her studio is in Oakland, CA. 01.14.15

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. 04.21.13

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.” 02.10.2013

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. 02.08.13

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. 6.22.2012

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.”

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.” 04.10.12

Seattle Erotic Arts Festival
For the fourth year in a row I have been honored to be accepted in the Seattle 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. 04.01.12

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.

Little Black Dress
The little black dress mixed media piece won a grant award from Seattle Erotic Festival in 2012.
The piece is a combination of installation art, and performance.  I photographed several people men & women all nude in 35mm slide film, then punched out .75 inch round piette from the developed slide film. I then sewed over 300 of these custom piette onto a little black dress that had already been embellished with black sequins. This created an illusion of a fancy cocktail dress dripping with peittes. No one can see the nudes images, not even as close as a conversation.

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.