AU · RA  AU · RA  (noun) -  inner aura, outer aura; 
the human atmosphere.

AURA AURA is an experiential portrait practice of Detroit-based creative, Eileen Lee. Her fascination with energy and auric fields began over 15 years ago when she was told that her aura was green by her partner - which it actually is, more often than not - confirmed through photographic documentation. This fascination progressed when she stumbled upon this original 1945 printing of Edgar Cayce's AURAS: An Essay on The Meaning of Colors, while living in Venice, California.

After nearly a decade out West, Eileen returned home to Michigan in 2016, seeking to bring an awareness of energy + universal consciousness and oneness to the Midwest, and beyond. Thus, AURA AURA was born.

 This practice serves as a vessel for exploring the #humanatmosphere by utilizing analog technology and instant peel-apart film that is no longer being produced. Through a non-traditional long exposure, emulating a double exposure process of capturing your bio-magnetic, vibrational energy, we make the metaphysical visible, resulting in awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind portraits.

Our portraits inspire subjects to open themselves up to the ethereal energy of the universe, fostering an awareness of all the subtle nuances and forces that influence our lives, in the form of inter-dimensional frequencies. Our aura colors can (and do) change with our life stories, emotions and situations. This personalized, exchanged-based experience looks to capture and document these moments, empowering participants to understand their auric states, and achieve higher awareness as universal beings - all while expanding the individual and collective consciousness.

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"We have to recognize that the world is not something sculptured AND finished, which we as perceivers walk through like patrons in a museum; the world is something we make through the act of perception." - Terence McKenna 



How to Book a Session - Detroit & Seattle Availability

Appointment availability for booking a session is released seven days out. This means our calendars for both Detroit and Seattle 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. We often will list what dates we are available each month. For example, if our calendar states January 17th is an upcoming date we area available, starting January 10th is when our booking system will release appointment times to be booked.

Sessions are by appointment only at this time, in both our Detroit and Seattle locations as well as pop-ups. We do not currently take walk-ins.

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). 

All session purchases are final. We unfortunately cannot accommodate reschedules, cancellations, refunds, or no shows. 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.

Please make sure you are purchasing a session for the correct city or location. For example, if you purchase a session for Seattle, you will not be able to use that session in Detroit. The session you book is for the specific date, time, and location for that session only.

Each AURA AURA Session Includes:

  • One instant peel-apart 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

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.

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 peel-apart film ( please note this is not cheap integral film aka Polariod or Instax, rather OG 100 series pack film that produces an image from a negative within minutes ) we are unable to provide re-do's or additional copies of your portrait.

Each portrait we make is one-of-a-kind, so 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

Twelve Month Aura Project

Interested in exploring how your auric state changes over time? Learn more about the Monthly Aura Program or Seasonal Aura Program, part of the collaborative Twelve Month Aura Project. Please note that @twelvemonthaura is led by our friend Stephanie Gunther, who lives in Brooklyn/NYC and is not managed directly by AURA AURA.


"There has been a revolution in how we percEIve the body. What appears to be an object, a three-dimensional anatomical structure, is actually a process, a constant flow of
energy and information." -
Deepak Chopra


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Detroit, MI 48209



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