As we enter a new year, it's natural to check in with ourselves about where we've been, who we are, and where we're going. With this outlook in mind we teamed up with the amazing photographer Christina Lonsdale of Radiant Human, whose Aura Portraiture is, she explains, "the process of translating the natural electricity that runs through our body into a color that is expressed as a second exposure on an instant Polaroid photo." She's most fascinated by the "concept that we are all broadcasting this unseen report of our consciousness" and says she "loves the idea that this is a mirror of some sort, showing us what we put out into the world; that through this funny-looking machine we can see our energetic body and our physical body together all in a beautifully epic photograph." Curious about the process and totally captivated by the ethereally colorful style, we gathered a group of five diversely talented LA girls and had them each sit for a portrait session.
Name: Dana Boulos
Astrological Sign: Scorpio / Sagittarius
Job: Photographer and visual artist
My neighborhood: LA
Four words to describe myself are… polite, artistic, animated, and a dreamer.
My personal mantra is… LA DI DA, LA DI DA LA.
My present state of mind is… excited.
My daily ritual is… Bikram yoga before 8am.
Never… not make goals for yourself.
Always… and forever be a dreamer.
I am looking for… Vintage Levis jeans.
Rosewater is the new water.
I am working on… my first photo book, THIS PAST WEEK, which is a visual study of teenage boys.
The most important thing I learned this year… is to do what you love.
My #1 goal for 2015 is… go to Tulum and create a Blue Lagoon-like photo book of my adventure.
Name: Camille Rushanaedy
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Job: assistant designer + gallery assistant
My neighborhood: Downtown, Skid Row/Little Tokyo
My favorite daily haunts: Proof Bakery, Iko Iko / Building Block, Alias Books East, Half & Half, Han Bat Shul Lung Tang
Four words to describe myself are… observant, quiet, empathetic, and impatient.
My personal mantra is… give yourself time.
My present state of mind is… calm, tired, full.
My daily ritual is… stretching in the morning, sweets and Instagram scrolling before bed.
Never… stop learning.
I am looking for… the best hashbrowns in LA.
Meat is the new bread.
I am working on… knitting a blanket, the next The Fashion Club collection, and taking better care of my skin.
The most important thing I learned this year… when to say yes and when to say no.
My #1 goal for 2015 is… make more.
Name: Stella Berkofsky
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Job: Freelance photographer + creative director
My neighborhood: Silverlake
My favorite daily haunts: Proof Bakery, Silverlake reservoir, and my porch!
Four words to describe myself are… always wearing men’s clothing.
My personal mantra is… "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
My present state of mind is… energized.
My daily ritual is… always changing, but always coffee.
Never… second guess.
I am looking for… my keys, usually.
String cheese is the new cigarette.
I am working on… balance.
The most important thing I learned this year… how to put myself first.
My #1 goal for 2015 is… making more time for personal work.
Name: Karina Fontes
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Job: Model/ Actress
My neighborhood: Silverlake
My favorite daily haunts: Silverlake Reservoir, Dinette, Smog Cutter (karaoke), Bar Stella
Four words to describe myself are… adventurous, adaptable, sassy, and entertaining.
My personal mantra is…"Saravá!" (A mantra we use in Brazil) meaning "What will be, will be. Amen!"
My present state of mind is… finding a moment of gratitude every day.
My daily ritual is… make the bed, put on a record, coffee, wash face and brush teeth, and head out the door!
Never… lose your imagination.
Always… be kind to yourself.
I am looking for… more things to laugh at myself.
Water shortage is the new global issue.
I am working on… several projects! Stay tuned.
The most important thing I learned this year… "You get to choose your career, happiness, friends, and ultimately, who you become."
My #1 goal for 2015 is… to be better at time management!
Name: Chantal Anderson
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
My neighborhood: Silverlake
My favorite daily haunts: El Gordo Taco Truck on Sunset, Cafecito Organico, Ryan Heffington's The Sweat Spot for dance class, secret staircase, and Individual Medley
Four words to describe myself are… curious, spontaneous, colorful, and intuitive.
My personal mantra is… there is magic to be found even in the mundane.
My present state of mind is… hungry.
My daily ritual is… shooting hoops.
Never… be a jerk.
Always… choose Fleetwood Mac at karaoke.
I am looking for… a cabin by the ocean to fill with books and plants and loved ones.
Hot sauce is the new ketchup.
I am working on… publishing a book of images I took while camping and hiking solo in Wyoming and Montana this summer.
The most important thing I learned this year… to end is to begin and vice versa.
My #1 goal for 2015 is… laugh as much as possible.
Radiant Human's Color Decoder:
Red — vitality, passion, leadership, earthliness, practicality
Orange — creative, confident, independent, sociable, entrepreneurial
Yellow — enthusiastic, optimistic, relaxed, intellectual, uninhibited
Green — self-assertive, dedicated, adaptable, deeply focused, ambitious
Blue — devoted, loyal, communicative, empathetic, receptive, solitary
Violet — magical, unconventional, playful, non-judgmental, compassionate
White — cosmic wisdom, inner illumination, intense energy, spiritual