Good People, Cool Things
Good People, Cool Things

Episode 36 · 1 year ago

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, eventhough she hites that term. All different kinds of great things going on andwe're going to be talking about every single one of them. So if you'vegot multiple projects and side Hustle's that you're working on, you'll definitely want totune 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, yourstory, anything in between. There's lots of great stuff in here and hopefullya few laughs along the way to because we're both big old dorks. Ifyou'd like to get in touch with the show, you can do so ina couple different ways. Joey at good people, cool thingscom is the email, and then gpct podcast. A lot of letters, I know, butspells on good people cool things. All right, abbrevious. Good people coolthings 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 Gpctpodcast and it show me a DM that you did it and I'll enteryou into drawing to win something from the Merch Shop, which is something elseyou can check out. Good people, cool thingscom shop all kinds of greatstuff, from shirts, mugs toats, hats, hoodies. You're going tolook fabulous, you're going to feel fabulous and maybe Aaron can take photos ofyou wearing all the gear, because you look even more fabulous then, becauseshe is very good at what she does. But enough about all that. Let'shop into our conversation. What I've been doing that, I think isa delightful sort of fun. Starting question is for you to give everyone yourelevator pitch, but I also want to know what elevator were on while you'regiving this pitch of who you are, who I think it would be likea gatsby style elevator from back in the day, with lots of gold andmirror 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 inlike a regular elevator. Well, we're you know what, we're doingthe 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 sidejewelry business and I kind of have my hands and if things, including someinfluencing. Kind of hate that word, but as you work with some brandsand I actually really enjoy that, wonderful to you remember the first picture youtook where you looked at it and we're just like, yes, this isgood, I'm into this. Yes, I actually found photography through volunteer workand I was with an organization called one site and we help people all aroundthe 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 beingselected 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 captainand storytelling captain. It was amazing. So I actually did not have acamera 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 inlove. 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 forsome reason I just never, you know, got into photography. SoI think by doing the clinics it was life changing and that's when I foundand started like Oh wow, like these are really good, if I don'tsay so myself. And I I like the storytelling element that you mentioned inthat and on your website, in fact, you call yourself a portrait and lifestylestoryteller. Why is that an important distinction to make, both from ayou 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 myheart. I love people and I love learning about them, and I'm sureyou've heard of humans of New York, HMM. And he does the photosof me actually like has experts, experts of their story, and he capturesit so well and that's something I've always admired and I feel like everybody hasa story to Delt to tell, including brand, and I feel like I'dpride myself on capturing those stories and I enjoy it thoroughly. It's a gooddistinction to that brands also do have stories to tell. And Yeah, Iknow you hate your your influencer term, but for better or worse, that'sa really big part of brand strategy and I would argue, like instagram asa whole, to is kind of how those brands are getting out to anaudience that maybe they couldn't reach on their own through people that have built theseaudiences and connected with their fans. And so, as you have started workingmore 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 theindividuals themselves that want to work with brands from well, from a photography standpointsor just here's the deal, know who you're working for or who you're workingwith and make sure it's an alignement with your views and your brand. Ithink you know in the beginning, just anyone who wants to work with me. I was like, Oh, you know, but I have to takea step back and is this the line with my views? I've actually droppedbrands and working with them because, you know their their belief system, youknow 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 beassociated with. So I think doing the research and learning who you're working withand actually creating that rapport and network is so important on both end agree andI think it does take a little more initial upfront work on really on everyone'spart. And I know there's in times where I've had a brand reach outto me of like hey, you want to sample, like you want towork 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'minterested in I'm trying to think of like what the weirdest thing I've gottenis, but like, you know, bracelets with specific charms on them orsomething like that, and right, that's just not my world. I'm notgoing to portray your brand in a good light just because I don't know howto how to do it. That's not my area of expertise and it's alwaysa little I think, telling you can...

...you can see who's done their homeworkwhen right, when you get stuff like that, absolutely, and I thinkit's you know, one thing say is it's okay if they know it's okayto say. Now other stuff will come and like something like I'm very cheesyabout who I work with and if I don't feel like someone is a goodstick, I will dress them to someone else who I think could be abetter hit. That's a very good, I don't even know what the wordwould 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 whocould. And fostering a relationship that way, I because something that a lot ofpeople don't do. They'll just be like no, I'm not interested inthat, or sure, give me everything. In certain places come to me thatare much more suited for somebody in a different niche than me and likehere is their contact, and then they've ended up working with them and itwas something that was great for them, just not for me. It's allabout community, absolutely, and I also your tip about don't being a ornot being afraid to say no. I would say that's applicable for all oflife. It's I don't know about you, but saying no, it's like verysatisfying and I cherish the effortunities when I can do it. You know, pre pre, we're all kind of staying inside now, but when peoplewere like hey, you want to come out tonight, and I'm already inin my lounging clothes and just put in some dinner and you know, I'msitting down and ready to just laze out all day, and then they're likeyou 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 timeof Dre, if y'all don't follow her fellow you know, that's one thingthat always dressed me just in hanging out as like here and like it's okayfor you to say no, like I know, but, but, andI think it's just been pounded my head and yeah, I think it's sosatisfying being able to say no and pick and shoes where you spend your timeand energy, and I like to pour my energy and time into people whoare encouraging and uplifting, you know, and have the same sense of community, for sure, and that's a very good distinction to make, of puttingyour 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 arenot actively trying to tear you down, although maybe I just don't have enoughhaters yet. Maybe there's there's plenty of people out there that are secretly doingit, but even sometimes just indirectly through their general attitude about things or justlike you know, they just demand a lot of attention or very various reasonsfor why they're draining that's maybe not intentional, but especially now, like I thinkit'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 reallyopen my eyes into a lot of things and you know, I try notto 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 geton a plane and go somewhere. I love travel photography. This whole yearwas supposed to be about travel photography for me. So, yeah, Ithink just not taking that that time for granted. Okay, I when Iget 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 aflight 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 issupposed to be like an alternative to actually going somewhere for people that love totravel. 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 placeand exploring and I'm merging myself into the different cultures of the places that Igo and really getting to know the people there. So for me that's abig you know, yes, I am glad to hear you say that wemight have had to just end this podcast right now if you were on boardwith 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? Andit's like no, this is just what flying is like. You should knowit, you've done it so many times. Yeah, and I think it comeswith age too, and like the value of Whye, for sure.I don't know. I'm just knowing. Whenever I was younger, I thoughtI was invincible. So Oh, absolutely. And you can also kind of tella little bit by the, I guess, the casualness of the pilotif they come on and, you know, they're just like hey, we're goingto 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 carefor. 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 stormsin Austin, so we're just kind of circling and the captain comes on aftermaybe thirty, forty five minutes of that and says, Oh, another planewas trying to land and was unsuccessful, and so like we're going to circlearound some more. And that just like got off the PA and we're allkind of looking at each other like what is unsuccessful? Me and like didthey fully like hit something, or was it just they started? I'm we'relike nopemen are now also circling around, but I guess that was what itwas because I never heard anything else about it and I feel like that wouldhave made the news if there was anything more serious. They're just very nonchalantfrom the captain. There, no big deal, guys, super piece ofcake. Piece of cake. Now you mentioned that in addition to photography,you have a jewelry side hustle, which I, as someone that has noless than eight projects going at once all the time. I very much appreciatethis. How did you get into the jewelry game and you have a favoritepiece that you offer? I do, okay, so I did not wantto 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 clayear rings and it was so relaxing and I was able to be creative andI started making them. I thank you to my all my clients. Sowhenever a client shows up to a photo shoot, I have like a littlegoodie 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, youmade those, you sell these, you sell these, Oh, you canhave them, you can just have them. Are you giving them out? BecauseI enjoyed making them, and then I was like okay, like atleast 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 cameto a halt. So I was just like well, now it's a goodtime 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, likeokay, like giveness lemon, how can we make lemonade? How can westill be productive and, you know, what can we do to get someincome coming in? So that's how it all started. And my favorite piecethat I make is I made these moon phase ear rings for fall and Ilove them. I actually was wearing them today and so far people are reallyloving them and it has all the phases. Their dangles and they have all thephases of the moon. They're pretty fun, pretty fun for this timeof year. That sounds very nice. And now I need to know becauseif 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'rea client of heures? So well, I'll go back. Let's kind ofrewind. So Goodie bags. So My love language is gifts and Ialways loved to just ever since I was little and my mother did this likeif someone came and stay the night, she'd have just like little goodies onthe bed for them, just something that was she thought of them and pickedout special for them and like a little handwritten note. And all throughout likeworking and retails up, I would handwrite notes and stuff my clients and Iknow when I get something that that is special like that, that someone tookthe time out like think of me and write a little note, just howimpactful that is. So I carried that on as my business. And sogoodie bags I will make. I have like fun little colored bags. Imake a pair of earrings. I pick whatever it is, or make apair 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 togive 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 dothat. And then I'm kind of a nerve. So I have like littleeracers and little goodies, maybe like bubbles, just something fun and like lighthearted thatI throw in there and I feel like that kind of makes people joyfulwhen 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 littlething of like whiskey because that was his thing. So it's really it's personalizedby WHO I'm shooting. But all the girls get earrings just because it's easyand it's fun. I really enjoy making making it and everyone I do alittle handwritten thank you note and just count off of their next service and mybusiness cards. And they also get, and this is something I think thatreally sets me apart from different photographers, is I know that taking pictures canbe uncomfortable for a lot of people. Not everyone is comfortable being in frontof the camera. They're not, you know, they've never been on aprofessional photo sessions. They don't know how to pose and I pride myself whenmaking 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 eachof my clients before the session so that they feel prepared, and I senda questionnaire so if they had any questions, like there's there's that communication and alot of it too, is like posing tips I'm very handsling with peoplethat are uncomfortable and I like to talk about okay, if we need ajam from music and get you pumped up, you know, because if someone feelsawkward or uncomfortable while they're in a session, it's going to show inthe 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'slike 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 doand I really like that prep guide. And, of course, a followup question music wise. Have you found a certain song or style of musicis kind of your turned into your got of Hey, this gets people readyto 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 pumpedup? For me, personally, it's so difficult, like I go offof 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 torock out. My favorite artist, Julian Baker, are, you know,probably not going to play Johnny Cash Dolly Parton. I mean maybe if we'rein Marfi or something, but love for very, very morose photo shoot,then that's fitting. I don't think anybody wants that. So, on topof 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 doinga mentorship program right before the pandemic hit and I had a mente during thattime. And the reason why I started a mentorship is because when I firststarted photography, I knew nothing. I mean I have to creative, Ibut I really just I was a last I knew I loved going on thesemission trips and taking photography and getting the stories, but I really didn't knowhow to mark myself what I was doing. I didn't know all the manual settingson my camera like I should. And I started teaching photography, orassisting teaching photography, with the Pablo Foundation. And what we do is we teachchildren with cancer photography. We give them a DSLR and teach them howto use it so that they can kind of have an outlet from everything thatthey're going on, like that's going on in their life and Chemo to everythingelse. And I met someone through that program who just took me under herweighing and mentored me and it was probably one of the most valuable things Icould have done for my business and I just remember that. And then Iactually paid for a mentorship also with another photographer, and it was just sovaluable. And I know, like there's so many photographers and often, Iknow like sometimes it's hard for people to feel comfortable or feel like, ohmy gosh, well, how can I compete with these people? And Iwant to be the person that just encourages them. There's enough room for everybodyand if I can help them not make some of the mistakes I made mybusiness, there tell them what's worked for me and give them that, youknow, that platform and cater it to their needs, I know it's reallyhelpful to them. So that's how that starts. I you aufer a mentorshipand 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 thenshooting in manual light. Everything like that. Like so it's hands on. Theyassist me in sessions. We have like oneonone coaching also, so it'sreally awesome and I just I love it. I have a heart to serve otherpeople, 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 calledthe sellers. Yes, my saints,...

...the camera. It's a lot thatgoes 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 craigslista few years ago and I still feel very unconfident using it. So maybemaybe we need to get together and you can teach me to be at leastcompetent, if not the greatest of all time, somewhere in that range.I can I absolutely wonderful. Wonderful. Now another thing. Again, we'rejust going down the line of things that you have done. I actually knowI want to ask one other public or one other photography question first, becauseI always like to ask musicians about their worst GIG that they've had, andso I would love to hear yours. You don't have to name any namesor anything like that, but was there a photo shoot or experience or evenjust like one picture that you were just like this is the worst. I'mtrying to think of. Okay, there's I'll use the scenario. I hadan audio it doesn't matter, I'll just say it. But I had aphoto session with Tesla and I was so excited about this photo session. Thiswas, you know, a big deal for me. I just been publishedin macy's and I was like I really want to keep this going. Ishow 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 cameraand 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 likea whimpy girl who can't open a bottle. Like it was jam I've got theguys who work there to try. They took piers out and nothing wouldUN jam it. If I couldn't use my flash, we're in fluorescent lightingin the Tesla store and I'm just these unlike Oh my God, like howam I going to do this? So I think that panic mode. wasactually 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 justtold her what was going on and I said, you know, it's obviouslyfreaking 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 workwith me again. And God beleft her, she was there within fifteen minutes withher flash for me to use. So I think that was probably oneof 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. Someclients 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 andclients to be happy. So if they're not happy, like you know,Oh, I maybe this edit or something, okay, well, let me letme fix that for you. So I think, I think for themost 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 ofmy clients are return clients because I actually offer something that is really unique andmy husband came up with this and since I've launched it, I've a coupleof 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 thesethese businesses and influencers because they're guaranteed monthly...

...content, in monthly shooting with meand they get a discount for buying in bulk these sessions, and so it'sjust piece of mind for them. So, you know, a lot of themwill have campaigns during the you know, each month, so they're able toknock it out with me and we can squeeze as any outfits in aspossible. And locations. My subscription package members just get. They get alot 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 matterwhat your business is like, always be thinking big picture and and thinking ofways that you can add extra value. Yeah, absolutely. I work withAmanda Deer Jewelry here in Austin, and I mean of course, I justhave loved her stuff forever and, you know, worked with her kind ofon an influencing a level before, and now I'm doing photography for her monthlyfor 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 businesseshere in Austin and offer them, you know, packages that see their needsabsolutely and our wouldn't has become now like an ever episode reminder of Support Yourlocal businesses people. Yes, a hundred percent, I am. I'm so, so, so passionate about that. And you know, I do hostsome quarterly blogger meat ups their world. I did before the pandemic, andI just post, you know, Group of women or guys, whoever,you know, like anyone is welcome to these and I always get like myflags and local businesses, because I want their name out there, I wantus to be supporting them, and that's really just something that has always beennear and dear to me. I like the MOM and pop. Yes,yes, so much, so much. One other thing, we're getting backto your your fourth or fifth hustle here, is that you've spoken at events aroundAustin and I think I mean, I'll quote the old Jerry Seinfeld bitof they pulled a bunch of people and public speaking with people's number ones fearand death was their second. And so if you're at the funeral, yourather be in the casket than doing the eulogy. And I think that's stillrings 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 ofa bunch of people. But now that we're in our sort of like zoomall zoom, all the time sort of mindset, I people are kind ofgetting 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 ago to preparation that you do before a speech to calm those nerves alittle bit. So there's a couple of things. Because I am definitely nota public speaker. I've been asked to speak and I do because it's thingsI'm passionate about and I always find it's a lot easier to get up andtalk to people about things that I know about and I'm passionate about. Soif I'm well versed it's easier. But I still like shake when I getup in front of people. But I think the biggest thing that has helpedthat is having a support there with you at the event. So I knowone of the events that I guess spoke at, I had my friend genevievecome along and she was just such a calming spirit there. She's like you'regoing to do great, you're going to...

...do awesome, and I know likethe MIC messed up in the middle of of me speaking in front of allthese 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 andI'm a Nerd, look what you see is what she gets. So Ithink 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 goodsupport of view. I know I have a great, great community of womenand 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, youdid great, it's okay. I think I think it's important to surround yourselfwith 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'snot perfect, not perfect. Look, I mean we're not perfect. We'rehuman and sometimes I feel like overcoming your fear something is just so empowering andthen 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 tooseriously 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. Andanother thing I like doing on this podcast is asking a question you wish youwere 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 likeyou 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 nonprofitfor a really long time. We actually have the paperwork here at the houseand it's just been something that's kind of been pushed back as I'm trying toplan and really just I want to make sure a hundred percent that's the directionI want to take with a nonprofit, because I am going to start anonprofit. 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 wantto so recover their people in recovery and people who have been incarcerated, andI feel like those people might not have the best to interview skills and they'regoing to need head shot. They're also going to need to be able toexplain to whatever person that is interviewing them if they have something on their recordor if, you know, there's alcohol charges, drug charges, whatever,and how to go about that uncomfortable conversation. So I want to start a nonprofitwhere I have a closet and there's clothing to give the people, womenwho are in recovery and are just coming out of incarcerations, clothing for jobsand 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 playingin that sense, and some tips and tricks and then get them headshots fortheir linkedin and that's something I'm really passionate about and I have a heart forpeople in recovery. So that is the number one and probably be the firstnonprofit that I have, and the second would be really want to start asummer camp for kids, children who have...

...either lost parents. I lost mymom when I was eleven, so having that safe space at Camp and justlike where you can be a kid and, you know, do maybe some arttherapy and have courses and just allow them to have a safe place orchildren whose parents are incarcerated or battling addiction. Those are two nonprofits. I'm goneto start. Do you have names for both of them? So,no, I don't. I think there's so there are a couple of thingsthat have like run through my head. I had a best friend who justpassed away during covid and her name is was Julianna, and she was justan angel, and so I maybe want to incorporate her name somehow, oror 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 agood one. So if anyone is listening and you think of a good name, let me know. Fantastic. Will do a fun giveaway of someone comesup with the name that you end up using. Yeah, yes, I'llthrow 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 toseeing them enter the world by end of next year. Are we setting agoal right here for timing? Well, I'm I know the camp won't bethat soon, just because of property and it's something you know, like myhusband I have looked at and stuff. So definitely not that, but Iabsolutely by the end of next year. A hundred percent. Want to dothe head shot one and the closet for sure. Boom, we're getting agood people, cool things scoop. I always enjoy it. I'm getting myice cream out after this because it's a scoop. That was a very poorsegue 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 topthree people that have inspired you? Who? Okay, I love this question.Top three people who have inspired me. One would be Audrey Hepburn, andnot only does her fashion, you know, inspire me, but there'sa she was. She had such a serving heart and she loves to giveback and her story to you, like growing up and everything, is justso impactful. But she has this quote and it's actually written upstairs in myart room, and it's you know, you were given two hands, oneto help yourself and one to help others, and that's something I try and liveby, and so she's definitely inspired me. And then, okay,Jim Hinson. Bear with me here. I love everything Jim Hinson ever didand he would be at my table, you know, like you know,if you could have anyone at a table. He would definitely be there. Socreative. My first job I was actually marrionette puppeteers and I love JimHinson's creations. I'm a huge labyrinth lover and just everything he was just Iwould love to just sit down and pick his brain. He was just oneof 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 wouldjust give the shirt off her back to anyone. She was always thereto lend an ear, a hand somebody and you know, I just lookup to her so much. She was so creative and I hope that Ican become, you know, half a...

...woman. She was bothing. Mythree. Fantastic list all around. Aaron, thank you so much for coming onthe PODCAST. This was a delight we I feel like whatever people's focusor hustle or businesses, they got some good tips and hopefully got some goodinspiration to I hope so. Thank you so much for having me. Thisis been this has been fun, of course, and if people want tolearn more about you, if they want to hire you, learn more aboutthe mentorship. Share name ideas with you. Where can I find you? Sostrattoncom 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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