DETROIT: Availability & How To Book a Session
Appointment availability is released weekly - typically seven days out. This means our calendar for Detroit will only show up to 7 days out maximum at a time. For example, if today is January 1st our calendars will only show up to January 7th. This is why nothing further is appearing in our calendars. If a date is greyed out this means we are not available that day. If a calendar states “no appointments are available this month” this means we are not available for the next 7 days out, and are most likely traveling.
It is highly recommended that you book an appointment here through our website. Fridays in Detroit are by appointment only - this applies to when we are home in Detroit and available. Booking an appointment secures your time slot, which allows for one aura portrait during your session. If you’d like to have more than one portrait taken, simply purchase the corresponding number of sessions back to back (i.e. two portraits will require the booking of two sessions).
Walk-ins are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays in Detroit, however walk-in availability is not guaranteed since our schedule tends to fluctuate with travel, which means we are not always in Detroit. When we are home our schedule tends to fill up quickly. For this reason, we highly recommend you book an appointment in advance, or you may need to wait up to several hours for an available session time.
Each AURA AURA Session Includes:
One instant film portrait of you in your aura
A color guide informational card
Box to store your portrait for safekeeping
A brief personalized interpretation of your aura colors
All session purchases are final. We unfortunately cannot accommodate reschedules, cancellations, refunds, or no shows. Like a concert or special event ticket, we are unable to transfer your session to a later date or provide a credit. If for any reason you're unable to make it to your time slot, you're more than welcome to send a friend in your place. Please be sure to arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time.
Friends, Couples, Groups and Pets
For those interested in friends or couples portraits - we are able to accommodate up to 2 people per photo. This means 1 session = 1 photo with 2 people in the portrait together.
If you are coming with a group of more than 3 people for individual sessions, you must make appointments. Currently we are unable to accommodate large groups as walk-ins - this is Detroit specific only as we do not take walk-ins during pop-ups. To book out a block of time for your group, you will book individual sessions back-to-back and let us know in the notes section when booking how many people are in your group. For example, if you have 5 people in your group, you will need to book 5 sessions individually.
At this time, we unfortunately do not take portraits of animals or pets. However, this service is coming soon! Please see this Instagram post for more information.
Preparing For Your Session
The portrait we create captures your energy in the present. Whatever you are experiencing in your life, will show up. We recommend coming in when you are well rested, and feeling like your normal self. If you are exhausted, not feeling well, or under the influence of consciousness altering substances, your energy will reflect the state you are in, and this can show up in the photograph. When you are lower energy ( i.e. overworked, exhausted, sick ) it's very likely that your aura colors will not be as bright or as saturated, and the photograph will look dark which is just the black background - see this example. Since every shot we take literally counts, we unfortunately are unable to retake your portrait in these instances.
Handling Your Aura Portrait
Make sure you allow your portrait to dry flat in the box provided for 30-60 minutes. If anything touches the wet surface of the instant film once we peel apart the instant film, including fingers or the inside of the box top, it can stick to the photograph and ruin it. We are not accountable for anything that happens to your portrait once it’s in your hands.
Since our specialized camera requires us to shoot with out-of-production instant film (100 series packfilm to be exact), we are unable to provide re-do's or additional copies of your portrait. Each portrait we make is one-of-a-kind, and each shot we take literally counts! We recommend scanning your photograph after you've allowed it to fully dry, so that you have a digital copy in addition to the physical copy.
Portraits of Children
We are happy to accommodate well-behaved children ages 5+. This is to ensure the safety of the child, as well as our camera equipment, which is incredibly fragile. Each child needs to be physically big enough to safely hold 2 large hand sensors on their lap (7" x 6" each) and then remain still for between 5-10 seconds for their portrait. The hands of children under 5 unfortunately are too small for the adult-sized hand plates, which is the reason for this age limit.
Aura Interpretation + Color Guide
An informational card is provided during your session to give insight into the general meaning of your aura colors, but we recommend you also take a look at our more extensive color guide.