Good People, Cool Things
Good People, Cool Things

Episode 36 · 2 years ago

36: Picture Perfect with Sew Stratton

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Erin is the face (and lens) behind Sew Stratton, an Austin-based photographer, fashion lover, volunteer, and occasional influencer — even though she's not fond of that term. She joins the podcast to chat about photography, how she started making jewelry, and her new mentorship program.

Welcome to good people, cool things, the podcast featuring conversations with entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and other creatives. I'm your host, Joey held, and today's guest is Aaron from so stratton. She's a photographer, jewelry maker, Mentor Public Speaker, influencer, even though she hites that term. All different kinds of great things going on and we're going to be talking about every single one of them. So if you've got multiple projects and side Hustle's that you're working on, you'll definitely want to tune in. If you ever need good photography, which is just about everyone. You'll want to tune in if you want to perfect your brand, your story, anything in between. There's lots of great stuff in here and hopefully a few laughs along the way to because we're both big old dorks. If you'd like to get in touch with the show, you can do so in a couple different ways. Joey at good people, cool thingscom is the email, and then gpct podcast. A lot of letters, I know, but spells on good people cool things. All right, abbrevious. Good people cool things all on facebook, twitter and a brand new instagram at GPCT podcast, and you know, what if you're listening, give a follow on instagram at Gpct podcast and it show me a DM that you did it and I'll enter you into drawing to win something from the Merch Shop, which is something else you can check out. Good people, cool thingscom shop all kinds of great stuff, from shirts, mugs toats, hats, hoodies. You're going to look fabulous, you're going to feel fabulous and maybe Aaron can take photos of you wearing all the gear, because you look even more fabulous then, because she is very good at what she does. But enough about all that. Let's hop into our conversation. What I've been doing that, I think is a delightful sort of fun. Starting question is for you to give everyone your elevator pitch, but I also want to know what elevator were on while you're giving this pitch of who you are, who I think it would be like a gatsby style elevator from back in the day, with lots of gold and mirror and maybe a chandelier in the in the elevator. WHO. Yeah, that's why I'd like to think. I like that very fancy, very fancy. That's that's why I'd like to think. But honestly, we're probably just in like a regular elevator. Well, we're you know what, we're doing the best that we can with what absolutely yeah. So a little about me. I am a often commercial and lifestyle photographer and also have a little side jewelry business and I kind of have my hands and if things, including some influencing. Kind of hate that word, but as you work with some brands and I actually really enjoy that, wonderful to you remember the first picture you took where you looked at it and we're just like, yes, this is good, I'm into this. Yes, I actually found photography through volunteer work and I was with an organization called one site and we help people all around the world get prescription glasses who can't afford it or don't have access to it. Like we'll go on into the Amazon, and I had the privilege of being selected to go my first clinic to south side Chicago with the public schools. It was life changing and I was selected to be the social media captain and storytelling captain. It was amazing. So I actually did not have a camera at the time. I was shooting with me a cellphone or I pad, but I was able to collect these...

...stories from these children who are impassed, and I just looked back on all those photos and I just fell in love. I fell in love with photo journalism and the creativity of it. I mean I would school for fashion design. Of always loved being creative and for some reason I just never, you know, got into photography. So I think by doing the clinics it was life changing and that's when I found and started like Oh wow, like these are really good, if I don't say so myself. And I I like the storytelling element that you mentioned in that and on your website, in fact, you call yourself a portrait and lifestyle storyteller. Why is that an important distinction to make, both from a you as a photographer perspective and then people as they're taking in these photos? I like to capture a genuine moment and tell people story and you know, it did start from volunteer work and it's something that's near and dear to my heart. I love people and I love learning about them, and I'm sure you've heard of humans of New York, HMM. And he does the photos of me actually like has experts, experts of their story, and he captures it so well and that's something I've always admired and I feel like everybody has a story to Delt to tell, including brand, and I feel like I'd pride myself on capturing those stories and I enjoy it thoroughly. It's a good distinction to that brands also do have stories to tell. And Yeah, I know you hate your your influencer term, but for better or worse, that's a really big part of brand strategy and I would argue, like instagram as a whole, to is kind of how those brands are getting out to an audience that maybe they couldn't reach on their own through people that have built these audiences and connected with their fans. And so, as you have started working more with brands, have you found certain tips or strategies that you would recommend, both for brands that want to work with influencers and then both for the individuals themselves that want to work with brands from well, from a photography standpoints or just here's the deal, know who you're working for or who you're working with and make sure it's an alignement with your views and your brand. I think you know in the beginning, just anyone who wants to work with me. I was like, Oh, you know, but I have to take a step back and is this the line with my views? I've actually dropped brands and working with them because, you know their their belief system, you know they are inclusive. They refused to put people's color up on their website. That's just not okay with me and that's not anybody I want to be associated with. So I think doing the research and learning who you're working with and actually creating that rapport and network is so important on both end agree and I think it does take a little more initial upfront work on really on everyone's part. And I know there's in times where I've had a brand reach out to me of like hey, you want to sample, like you want to work together, and I'm just looking at what they offer and I'm like, why am I the one you're targeting for? That's like I have never indicated I'm interested in I'm trying to think of like what the weirdest thing I've gotten is, but like, you know, bracelets with specific charms on them or something like that, and right, that's just not my world. I'm not going to portray your brand in a good light just because I don't know how to how to do it. That's not my area of expertise and it's always a little I think, telling you can...

...you can see who's done their homework when right, when you get stuff like that, absolutely, and I think it's you know, one thing say is it's okay if they know it's okay to say. Now other stuff will come and like something like I'm very cheesy about who I work with and if I don't feel like someone is a good stick, I will dress them to someone else who I think could be a better hit. That's a very good, I don't even know what the word would be, a very good add on, I guess, of that of Hey, I don't I can't personally help you, but I know someone who could. And fostering a relationship that way, I because something that a lot of people don't do. They'll just be like no, I'm not interested in that, or sure, give me everything. In certain places come to me that are much more suited for somebody in a different niche than me and like here is their contact, and then they've ended up working with them and it was something that was great for them, just not for me. It's all about community, absolutely, and I also your tip about don't being a or not being afraid to say no. I would say that's applicable for all of life. It's I don't know about you, but saying no, it's like very satisfying and I cherish the effortunities when I can do it. You know, pre pre, we're all kind of staying inside now, but when people were like hey, you want to come out tonight, and I'm already in in my lounging clothes and just put in some dinner and you know, I'm sitting down and ready to just laze out all day, and then they're like you want to come out and but no, it's just it's so satisfying. Yeah, I think that's definitely something I had struggled with for a while. And then, of course I have one of my best friends, Drey time of Dre, if y'all don't follow her fellow you know, that's one thing that always dressed me just in hanging out as like here and like it's okay for you to say no, like I know, but, but, and I think it's just been pounded my head and yeah, I think it's so satisfying being able to say no and pick and shoes where you spend your time and energy, and I like to pour my energy and time into people who are encouraging and uplifting, you know, and have the same sense of community, for sure, and that's a very good distinction to make, of putting your time and energy into the people that are not going to drag you down, even even subconsciously. Like I would say that a generally most people are not actively trying to tear you down, although maybe I just don't have enough haters yet. Maybe there's there's plenty of people out there that are secretly doing it, but even sometimes just indirectly through their general attitude about things or just like you know, they just demand a lot of attention or very various reasons for why they're draining that's maybe not intentional, but especially now, like I think it's been so highlighted how how precious our time and energy is, yes, and how we spend our time. I mean this kindemic as just really open my eyes into a lot of things and you know, I try not to take things for granted before all this, but even more so now it's like, okay, I will never take for granted the ability to just get on a plane and go somewhere. I love travel photography. This whole year was supposed to be about travel photography for me. So, yeah, I think just not taking that that time for granted. Okay, I when I get your opinion on this. Okay, I don't know if you've seen this, but there are for sure in Australia, I know there's some of this, and then there's some Asian countries that...

...are doing this where it's basically a flight to nowhere, where you get on a plane, they take off, you fly around and then you land back at the same airport and this is supposed to be like an alternative to actually going somewhere for people that love to travel. I personally, I'm also a huge travel fan. I love traveling. I think this is like the stupidest thing I've ever heard ye here. So, yeah, I'd love to get your tick off. Yeah, no, I think that ridiculous. I mean I love going to a new place and exploring and I'm merging myself into the different cultures of the places that I go and really getting to know the people there. So for me that's a big you know, yes, I am glad to hear you say that we might have had to just end this podcast right now if you were on board with it. But I I don't think I've ever once said, oh, my favorite part of traveling is the actual being in the air. Oh, I think that's much in a closed, cramped quarters. That's my least favorite. Well, I think the takeoff is my least favorite in the landing. Why am I always get really tent? Yeah, I used to not, and I feel like in the past, probably the past decade or so, I still get like the slightest paying of you know, hey, like, what's this brief turbulence for a second? Is that something that's wrong? And it's like no, this is just what flying is like. You should know it, you've done it so many times. Yeah, and I think it comes with age too, and like the value of Whye, for sure. I don't know. I'm just knowing. Whenever I was younger, I thought I was invincible. So Oh, absolutely. And you can also kind of tell a little bit by the, I guess, the casualness of the pilot if they come on and, you know, they're just like hey, we're going to have some turbulence, look out and like get back to your seat, or if they're like everyone, please get back to your seat now. Then it's like, oh, it's gonna get a little bumpier than I care for. So it'll be fun. There was one time where the pilot, I think, we're flying from somewhere to Austin and it was just crazy storms in Austin, so we're just kind of circling and the captain comes on after maybe thirty, forty five minutes of that and says, Oh, another plane was trying to land and was unsuccessful, and so like we're going to circle around some more. And that just like got off the PA and we're all kind of looking at each other like what is unsuccessful? Me and like did they fully like hit something, or was it just they started? I'm we're like nopemen are now also circling around, but I guess that was what it was because I never heard anything else about it and I feel like that would have made the news if there was anything more serious. They're just very nonchalant from the captain. There, no big deal, guys, super piece of cake. Piece of cake. Now you mentioned that in addition to photography, you have a jewelry side hustle, which I, as someone that has no less than eight projects going at once all the time. I very much appreciate this. How did you get into the jewelry game and you have a favorite piece that you offer? I do, okay, so I did not want to make jewelry. That was never my thing and never want to sell jewelry, but I had a friend teach me how to make these palm or clay ear rings and it was so relaxing and I was able to be creative and I started making them. I thank you to my all my clients. So whenever a client shows up to a photo shoot, I have like a little goodie bag for them and I it's they're female, give them the ear rings. My male clients I had something else for them that I don't make, but I started doing that and people were like, oh my gosh, you made those, you sell these, you sell these, Oh, you can have them, you can just have them. Are you giving them out? Because I enjoyed making them, and then I was like okay, like at least have to pay for my supplies.

And so when the pandemic hit, I mean obviously I wasn't able to do photo sessions and everything kind of came to a halt. So I was just like well, now it's a good time to, you know, set up my eptea shop and you know, it's I think it's just that entrepreneur a spirit that I've always had, like okay, like giveness lemon, how can we make lemonade? How can we still be productive and, you know, what can we do to get some income coming in? So that's how it all started. And my favorite piece that I make is I made these moon phase ear rings for fall and I love them. I actually was wearing them today and so far people are really loving them and it has all the phases. Their dangles and they have all the phases of the moon. They're pretty fun, pretty fun for this time of year. That sounds very nice. And now I need to know because if for people that maybe have not seen your work, you're a fantastic photographer. So if people want to work with you, that should be incentive enough. But also this goodie bag. Now, what else are people getting if they're a client of heures? So well, I'll go back. Let's kind of rewind. So Goodie bags. So My love language is gifts and I always loved to just ever since I was little and my mother did this like if someone came and stay the night, she'd have just like little goodies on the bed for them, just something that was she thought of them and picked out special for them and like a little handwritten note. And all throughout like working and retails up, I would handwrite notes and stuff my clients and I know when I get something that that is special like that, that someone took the time out like think of me and write a little note, just how impactful that is. So I carried that on as my business. And so goodie bags I will make. I have like fun little colored bags. I make a pair of earrings. I pick whatever it is, or make a pair of earrings based on the personality and what I've learned about that person. So someone's like a minimalist or whatever. You know, I'm not going to give them big woud earrings like I would give drey some colorful, loud earrings. You know she's a very colorful, colorful person, and so I'll do that. And then I'm kind of a nerve. So I have like little eracers and little goodies, maybe like bubbles, just something fun and like lighthearted that I throw in there and I feel like that kind of makes people joyful when they get it. And then for guys, that depends on the guy. I had a guy that I shot before and I gave him a little thing of like whiskey because that was his thing. So it's really it's personalized by WHO I'm shooting. But all the girls get earrings just because it's easy and it's fun. I really enjoy making making it and everyone I do a little handwritten thank you note and just count off of their next service and my business cards. And they also get, and this is something I think that really sets me apart from different photographers, is I know that taking pictures can be uncomfortable for a lot of people. Not everyone is comfortable being in front of the camera. They're not, you know, they've never been on a professional photo sessions. They don't know how to pose and I pride myself when making my clients feel very comfortable and that way I'm able to capture them. But I send out a photo, a professional photo shoot prepped guide to each of my clients before the session so that they feel prepared, and I send a questionnaire so if they had any questions, like there's there's that communication and a lot of it too, is like posing tips I'm very handsling with people that are uncomfortable and I like to talk about okay, if we need a jam from music and get you pumped up, you know, because if someone feels awkward or uncomfortable while they're in a session, it's going to show in the photos and I want people to feel...

...their best self during a photo session. I think you you see that a lot in business photos, where it's like the uncomfortable, kind of like arms crossed, like I I don't, I don't really like this, but that's that's what they've told me to do and I really like that prep guide. And, of course, a follow up question music wise. Have you found a certain song or style of music is kind of your turned into your got of Hey, this gets people ready to go UM lizzo hell. I mean I think that gives everybody going, guys girls included, and I think it depends on the client to you know, like I'll be like, what's your favorite music and what gets you pumped up? For me, personally, it's so difficult, like I go off of them and their personally, because I listened to a lot of sad music. That is not good for photos. You know, I'm not going to rock out. My favorite artist, Julian Baker, are, you know, probably not going to play Johnny Cash Dolly Parton. I mean maybe if we're in Marfi or something, but love for very, very morose photo shoot, then that's fitting. I don't think anybody wants that. So, on top of photography, on top of jewelry, you also offer a mentorship program? Yes, that's when they I am really excited about so I I started doing a mentorship program right before the pandemic hit and I had a mente during that time. And the reason why I started a mentorship is because when I first started photography, I knew nothing. I mean I have to creative, I but I really just I was a last I knew I loved going on these mission trips and taking photography and getting the stories, but I really didn't know how to mark myself what I was doing. I didn't know all the manual settings on my camera like I should. And I started teaching photography, or assisting teaching photography, with the Pablo Foundation. And what we do is we teach children with cancer photography. We give them a DSLR and teach them how to use it so that they can kind of have an outlet from everything that they're going on, like that's going on in their life and Chemo to everything else. And I met someone through that program who just took me under her weighing and mentored me and it was probably one of the most valuable things I could have done for my business and I just remember that. And then I actually paid for a mentorship also with another photographer, and it was just so valuable. And I know, like there's so many photographers and often, I know like sometimes it's hard for people to feel comfortable or feel like, oh my gosh, well, how can I compete with these people? And I want to be the person that just encourages them. There's enough room for everybody and if I can help them not make some of the mistakes I made my business, there tell them what's worked for me and give them that, you know, that platform and cater it to their needs, I know it's really helpful to them. So that's how that starts. I you aufer a mentorship and everything from how to market yourself as a photographer, finding your niche, to business what like setting up yourself with programs, doing your LLC and then shooting in manual light. Everything like that. Like so it's hands on. They assist me in sessions. We have like oneonone coaching also, so it's really awesome and I just I love it. I have a heart to serve other people, so it's fun for me. That's such a cool organization too, of teaching how to use a fancy camera, as US non photographers called the sellers. Yes, my saints,...

...the camera. It's a lot that goes into photography. A lot of people like, Oh, you know, it's point and shoot. Oh God, no, there's so much more. Oh No, yeah, if you I bought a DSL are off of craigslist a few years ago and I still feel very unconfident using it. So maybe maybe we need to get together and you can teach me to be at least competent, if not the greatest of all time, somewhere in that range. I can I absolutely wonderful. Wonderful. Now another thing. Again, we're just going down the line of things that you have done. I actually know I want to ask one other public or one other photography question first, because I always like to ask musicians about their worst GIG that they've had, and so I would love to hear yours. You don't have to name any names or anything like that, but was there a photo shoot or experience or even just like one picture that you were just like this is the worst. I'm trying to think of. Okay, there's I'll use the scenario. I had an audio it doesn't matter, I'll just say it. But I had a photo session with Tesla and I was so excited about this photo session. This was, you know, a big deal for me. I just been published in macy's and I was like I really want to keep this going. I show up to this event and so prepared. I've got everything extra, SD cards, at my flash. I go to put my flash on my camera and the Little Knob that turns to a like to fasten it onto your camera. It's completely jammed, and when I say completely jammed, I'm not like a whimpy girl who can't open a bottle. Like it was jam I've got the guys who work there to try. They took piers out and nothing would UN jam it. If I couldn't use my flash, we're in fluorescent lighting in the Tesla store and I'm just these unlike Oh my God, like how am I going to do this? So I think that panic mode. was actually pretty proud of myself at how I handled it. I stepped outside, I called a photographer friends who I know lived pretty close by and I just told her what was going on and I said, you know, it's obviously freaking out. I didn't let them see me freak out, but I'm like, well, my good, it's post they're never going to want to work with me again. And God beleft her, she was there within fifteen minutes with her flash for me to use. So I think that was probably one of the worst like just situations where I was like, Oh my God, like how embarrassing, but I didn't want that to show to my clients that, you know, I was freaking out and I know the backup flash. But that was handled and I think you know what photography you'll get. Some clients too, are a little more difficult than others, are more particular, and I think with those situations I've always just like I want my customers and clients to be happy. So if they're not happy, like you know, Oh, I maybe this edit or something, okay, well, let me let me fix that for you. So I think, I think for the most part all of my clients have been pretty amazing. So I'm lucky. Knock on wood. Well, in flux of terrible clients. Cup. No, God, no, don't put that Voodoo on me. A lot of my clients are return clients because I actually offer something that is really unique and my husband came up with this and since I've launched it, I've a couple of my friends have started doing it, which is really cool to see. But I have a blogger and small business subscription package which is phenomenal for these these businesses and influencers because they're guaranteed monthly...

...content, in monthly shooting with me and they get a discount for buying in bulk these sessions, and so it's just piece of mind for them. So, you know, a lot of them will have campaigns during the you know, each month, so they're able to knock it out with me and we can squeeze as any outfits in as possible. And locations. My subscription package members just get. They get a lot more because, you know, they have signed for either the three months, six months, twelve months, and so there's definitely perks perks to that. So a lot of my clients are return clients. Unlucky that way. That's a very creative addition there and I think a great reminder for no matter what your business is like, always be thinking big picture and and thinking of ways that you can add extra value. Yeah, absolutely. I work with Amanda Deer Jewelry here in Austin, and I mean of course, I just have loved her stuff forever and, you know, worked with her kind of on an influencing a level before, and now I'm doing photography for her monthly for her instagram, and that's just been a dream. It's, you know, dream brand of mind female own something I'm super passionate about and you know, it's it's a blessing to be able to to work with these small businesses here in Austin and offer them, you know, packages that see their needs absolutely and our wouldn't has become now like an ever episode reminder of Support Your local businesses people. Yes, a hundred percent, I am. I'm so, so, so passionate about that. And you know, I do host some quarterly blogger meat ups their world. I did before the pandemic, and I just post, you know, Group of women or guys, whoever, you know, like anyone is welcome to these and I always get like my flags and local businesses, because I want their name out there, I want us to be supporting them, and that's really just something that has always been near and dear to me. I like the MOM and pop. Yes, yes, so much, so much. One other thing, we're getting back to your your fourth or fifth hustle here, is that you've spoken at events around Austin and I think I mean, I'll quote the old Jerry Seinfeld bit of they pulled a bunch of people and public speaking with people's number ones fear and death was their second. And so if you're at the funeral, you rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy. And I think that's still rings true today, which is that people not the biggest fans of public speaking. It's intimidated to get up on a stage or on camera in front of a bunch of people. But now that we're in our sort of like zoom all zoom, all the time sort of mindset, I people are kind of getting that exposed sure, whether they want to or not. And Yeah, having spoken at conferences and events like this, do you have sort of like a go to preparation that you do before a speech to calm those nerves a little bit. So there's a couple of things. Because I am definitely not a public speaker. I've been asked to speak and I do because it's things I'm passionate about and I always find it's a lot easier to get up and talk to people about things that I know about and I'm passionate about. So if I'm well versed it's easier. But I still like shake when I get up in front of people. But I think the biggest thing that has helped that is having a support there with you at the event. So I know one of the events that I guess spoke at, I had my friend genevieve come along and she was just such a calming spirit there. She's like you're going to do great, you're going to...

...do awesome, and I know like the MIC messed up in the middle of of me speaking in front of all these people and it threw me off and those and I stumbled over my words. Little that we knowalize into the day. I'm human, this is me, you know, take it or leave it. If I'm up there and I'm a Nerd, look what you see is what she gets. So I think just find that confidence, like it's okay if it doesn't go perfect, just get up there do the best that you can. If you slip up, it's okay. Where he human and having someone there that's a really good support of view. I know I have a great, great community of women and and men who support me and encourage me. So if I slip up, they'll be there to be like that's all right, you know, you did great, it's okay. I think I think it's important to surround yourself with those people and don't take yourself too seriously. You know, I mean, I know I'm struggle with that, like, Oh my God, it's not perfect, not perfect. Look, I mean we're not perfect. We're human and sometimes I feel like overcoming your fear something is just so empowering and then you start doing it more and more and it just becomes more naturality. Yeah, we are all human, and I like, don't take yourself too seriously as well. There have been times where I have and afterwards I'm like, what am I doing? This isn't so serious. It's all right, right, like, are you going to care about this in five years? Like, probably not, probably not. You're right, you're right. And another thing I like doing on this podcast is asking a question you wish you were asked more frequently. And we've talked a little bit about your volunteer work, but it sounds like incorrect me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like you have a nonprofit that you want to start. So give us the scoot. What's this all about? Okay, I have wanted to start a nonprofit for a really long time. We actually have the paperwork here at the house and it's just been something that's kind of been pushed back as I'm trying to plan and really just I want to make sure a hundred percent that's the direction I want to take with a nonprofit, because I am going to start a nonprofit. So there were two ideas and one that and maybe I do both. You know what, maybe I do both. But the first one is, and this will probably be the one that comes first, is I want to so recover their people in recovery and people who have been incarcerated, and I feel like those people might not have the best to interview skills and they're going to need head shot. They're also going to need to be able to explain to whatever person that is interviewing them if they have something on their record or if, you know, there's alcohol charges, drug charges, whatever, and how to go about that uncomfortable conversation. So I want to start a nonprofit where I have a closet and there's clothing to give the people, women who are in recovery and are just coming out of incarcerations, clothing for jobs and to go on interview and sit down with them and give them interview skills, do some mock interviewing and, you know, just some like role playing in that sense, and some tips and tricks and then get them headshots for their linkedin and that's something I'm really passionate about and I have a heart for people in recovery. So that is the number one and probably be the first nonprofit that I have, and the second would be really want to start a summer camp for kids, children who have...

...either lost parents. I lost my mom when I was eleven, so having that safe space at Camp and just like where you can be a kid and, you know, do maybe some art therapy and have courses and just allow them to have a safe place or children whose parents are incarcerated or battling addiction. Those are two nonprofits. I'm gone to start. Do you have names for both of them? So, no, I don't. I think there's so there are a couple of things that have like run through my head. I had a best friend who just passed away during covid and her name is was Julianna, and she was just an angel, and so I maybe want to incorporate her name somehow, or or maybe just use mine like Aaron's, Aaron closet of hope or something. I don't know, that sounds jeesy. I'm going to come up with a good one. So if anyone is listening and you think of a good name, let me know. Fantastic. Will do a fun giveaway of someone comes up with the name that you end up using. Yeah, yes, I'll throw in a photo of session. I'd like it. I like it, and that's why I think both of those sound wonderful and I look forward to seeing them enter the world by end of next year. Are we setting a goal right here for timing? Well, I'm I know the camp won't be that soon, just because of property and it's something you know, like my husband I have looked at and stuff. So definitely not that, but I absolutely by the end of next year. A hundred percent. Want to do the head shot one and the closet for sure. Boom, we're getting a good people, cool things scoop. I always enjoy it. I'm getting my ice cream out after this because it's a scoop. That was a very poor segue into the top three, which we always wrap up every episode with, and for you, I think we'll keep it nice and simple. Your top three people that have inspired you? Who? Okay, I love this question. Top three people who have inspired me. One would be Audrey Hepburn, and not only does her fashion, you know, inspire me, but there's a she was. She had such a serving heart and she loves to give back and her story to you, like growing up and everything, is just so impactful. But she has this quote and it's actually written upstairs in my art room, and it's you know, you were given two hands, one to help yourself and one to help others, and that's something I try and live by, and so she's definitely inspired me. And then, okay, Jim Hinson. Bear with me here. I love everything Jim Hinson ever did and he would be at my table, you know, like you know, if you could have anyone at a table. He would definitely be there. So creative. My first job I was actually marrionette puppeteers and I love Jim Hinson's creations. I'm a huge labyrinth lover and just everything he was just I would love to just sit down and pick his brain. He was just one of the most creative, inspiring people. And then, okay, third, this is tough. You know what I'm going to say. My mom, because she was one of the most giving, hospitable, generous people. She would just give the shirt off her back to anyone. She was always there to lend an ear, a hand somebody and you know, I just look up to her so much. She was so creative and I hope that I can become, you know, half a...

...woman. She was bothing. My three. Fantastic list all around. Aaron, thank you so much for coming on the PODCAST. This was a delight we I feel like whatever people's focus or hustle or businesses, they got some good tips and hopefully got some good inspiration to I hope so. Thank you so much for having me. This is been this has been fun, of course, and if people want to learn more about you, if they want to hire you, learn more about the mentorship. Share name ideas with you. Where can I find you? So strattoncom so so like sewing few and instagram. So Stratton Awesome. Well, yes, please go check out arrand's work. So Stratton, instagram, so strandcom and, of course we're going to wrap up with a Corny joke. And why not make it photography themed? Yes, why was the photo arrested? Why? Because it was framed get afterwards to day people.

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