About Us

We specialize in boudoir, portrait, & creative photo sessions. With a full photography studio, experienced team of photographers, makeup and hair artists, stunning sets, and thousands of props. We can make all your photo shoot dreams come true.

We are an all inclusive photo studio, we accept everyone: men, women, transgender, & non binary. We photograph all sizes and shades of humanity, we work with people who are “out” & people who are still in the closet. Our clients range from 18 to 91 years old. Come play dress up & escape into art.


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.

Amani Wade is an active freelance photographer, with a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The world of photography has always been a passion of hers so naturally she has had a camera in her hand for as long as she can remember. Freezing moments in time that would otherwise never be seen again is what inspires her to keep taking photos. Amani thrives on the opportunity to showcase narratives through her photography regardless if the narrative is her own or that of her clients. Amani has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the bay area showcasing her personal works she regards as experimental portraiture. In an effort to have a diverse set of skills as a photographer she is making a name for herself shooting boudoir, events, weddings, retouching and even taking on editorial work as well.

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”

Makeup & Hair

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.

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.

Select Projects

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.” 

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.