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Women in Business: Part 3

We’re back with Part 3 of our Women’s History Month series, where we’re featuring local female entrepreneurs! Each of these ladies has a unique talent they offer our local community and I’m so excited to be highlighting their expertise. Let’s do this!
 
Leigh Yanus, STELLA Creative Design
What She Does: Full-service graphic design studio providing creative print and web solutions that help local businesses with branding, advertising, social media, promotions and more.
Contact: leigh@stellacreativedesign.com, 410-430-2891
Women In Business | Women's History Month
Leigh Yanus of STELLA Creative Design // Photograph by Melissa Hampton Photography
What inspired you to start your business?
“100% starting a family. Running my own design studio allows me to set my own schedule so I can be there for my children and also continue to flex my creative muscles doing what I love. I even named my business by using the initials of myself, my daughter and my husband to create the name STELLA: Scott Thomas, Emma Louise, Leigh Anne.”
 
What’s your favorite part of being a local small business owner?
“The best part about being a local small business owner is being able to help a variety of different businesses in the area with their design needs. There are so many wonderful companies doing great things in our community and it feels good to be able to support them in my own way. It’s an exciting time in Salisbury as we head through this time of growth.”
 
What project are you working on that you’re most excited about?
“Last year I was able to help United Way in working on the program for their annual Holiday Ball. I came in towards the end of the overall project, so I kind of finished what had already been started. This year I’m really excited to be designing all of the promotional materials for the event. It’s really interesting to see some of the planning processes for such a large event that is so beneficial to the organization.”
 
What tips do you have for other women looking to start a business?
“I would say especially for mothers…Go for it! It’s hard work, but don’t give up. Success feels so good when you’ve achieved it by yourself. I also find that even a few hours of working really refreshes me and is a welcome break from the responsibilities of family and kids.”
Hayley Dize, Haya’s Boutique
What She Does: Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories
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Hayley Dize of Haya’s Boutique // Photograph by Allison Jean Photography
What inspired you to start your business?
“I felt this need to remind women that beauty comes from the heart and that every single soul was created beautiful from the start. After church one Sunday, I felt as if God was placing it on my heart to remind women that they are already LOVED, SOUGHT AFTER, and BEAUTIFUL in His eyes. I wanted to provide women with beautiful, feminine pieces of clothing that highlight a beautiful personality rather than draw attention to the things the world focuses on. So, Haya’s Boutique was born!”
 
What project are you working on that you’re most excited about?
“I am currently finishing up my Spring/Summer line and I am SO EXCITED to share it! It includes all things feminine, floral, and pastel along with NEW designers/brands that I am so excited to work with!”
 
What’s your favorite part about being a local small business owner?
“Without a doubt, the people in the community! I can’t explain the feeling of excitement & thankfulness I feel when I see women post pictures in something from Haya’s Boutique! I love seeing women feel confident & beautiful.”
 
What is one of your favorite ways to connect with other local business owners?
“Through collaboration! It’s so awesome to meet with and discuss ideas with other local business owners! Being able to collab. is a great way to share ideas and push each other’s thinking! Teamwork makes the dream work, people.”
Ashley Nelson, Ashley Nelson Photography
What She Does: Portrait Photographer specializing in Boudoir Photography offering customized packages for all kinds of lifestyle sessions, including weddings/events, engagements, maternity, senior portraits, newborns, families, etc.
Contact: alnphotographs@gmail.com // (410) 726-3535 // www.alnpics.com // Instagram
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Ashley Nelson of Ashley Nelson Photography // Photograph by Rebekah Lois Photography
 
What inspired you to start your business?
“I first became interested in Photography when I was about 10 years old. I always borrowed my dad’s camera and go explore the area I grew up. I loved to photograph scenery and nature life of Somerset County, Maryland. FUN FACT: I wanted to be a Photographer for National Geographic when I was younger! It wasn’t until shortly after I graduated high school in 2010, that I started photographing humans and their milestones in life. I have realized how fast time flies and how important it is to capture every moment that makes you happy.”
 
What project are you working on that you’re most excited about?
“I have just recently moved to Crisfield, Maryland and I am searching for a studio space! I am excited to bring a new small business to Crisfield and see what opportunities are available!”
 
 
What is a big misconception about your business you hear often?
“I often hear women say they would love to do a boudoir photo shoot, but they aren’t thin enough or they don’t have anyone to give the photographs to. Women: you should always want to do the photo shoot for yourself and then if you have a significant other, show them the photos too! Every woman is beautiful and deserves to see this. My style of Boudoir Photography consists of classy photos that are not overly exposing. I know how to pose my clients in a way that flatters their appearance and makes them feel comfortable and confident.”
 
 
Another astonishing round of local boss babes! Let’s leave these ladies some love and thank them for sharing their wisdom with us!
 
Leave a comment below and tell us: what have you heard so far that’s inspired you?!
 
XO,
Paige
 

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- samantha + ryan

"These are the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen in my life. You are a wizard (yes the HP kind) with a camera - it was meant to be in your sweet perfect hands. Thank you so much for yesterday and for everything. We are so so lucky to get to have you and your talents capture the best day of Ryan’s and I’s lives"

"You Are a Wizard"

- HALEY + BRANDON

"OH MY GOD PAIGE YOU F*@%KING KILLED IT...Thank you so much for capturing everything. We are so grateful for you!"

"OH MY GOD"

- EMMA + BRETT

OMFG PAIGE the sneak peek is INCREDIBLE and I’m having so much trouble choosing just a few to post 😂 so so amazed by your talent and artistry girl!!!!

"OMFG"

- Krista, 2020 PEP Senior rep

"Paige is one of the kindest people I've ever met! When it comes to senior pictures, I'm so glad I chose her. She was quick with our photos, always gave us sneak peeks, and hyped us up during our whole shoot! Wish I could be a PEP Senior Rep forever!" 

"I'm so glad I chose her"

- Kelsey + gavin

"Paige made our engagement and wedding photo experience unforgettable. She was professional, fun, and did an amazing job capturing our personalities in our photographs. Great turn around time. I cannot say enough great things about this woman!!!"

"Unforgettable"

- jen and shane

"PAIGE! I just got a chance to completely look through all of the photos. They are absolutely stunning!!! Thank you so much, you captured everything perfectly!"

"Captured Perfectly"

- courtney, 2020 PEP Senior rep

"I genuinely could not be happier with the experience Paige provided me with this year. I was super nervous to be in front of the camera, but my shoots with Paige literally felt like hanging out with your best friend while simultaneously taking photos. Paige sincerely cares about each and every one of her clients, and that is made so evident by the hard work she puts into her craft. I’ve learned so much from watching Paige run her business and I am in awe of how much she loves what she does- and how incredibly talented she is at what she does. Not only did I gain breathtaking photos of my Senior year that I will keep close to my heart forever, I also gained a friend, and to me that is priceless. If you’re thinking about booking a shoot with Paige, do it now- you’ll wonder where she’s been all your life. 💕"

"Could not be happier"

- Gabby + Kyle

"Literally sitting here crying because your pictures are so amazing. I’m absolutely in love they are perfect. I love your style of candid and how you get the perfect shot...The hardest thing for me to choose was our wedding photographer, it took me the longest time. And we 1000% made the right choice. You did amazing. Thank you so much!"

"Absolutely in love"

- Kelly + jared

"Extremely talented, professional, and genuine photographer who loves what she does and loves who she does it for. If she didn’t, would her photos be THIS DAMN GOOD?? Would hire her over and over again."

"Would hire her over and over"

- Baby, 2020 PEP Senior rep

"You're literally the best at what you do...I love them all!"

"The best"

- Tori + aaron

"BEST. PHOTOGRAPHER. EVER...Don't know what we would have done without you!"

"BEST. PHOTOGRAPHER. EVER"

- becca, 2020 PEP Senior rep

"I'M CRYING DRIVING HOME FROM ASSATEAGUE. I'VE ONLY SEEN THE COVER AND I'M DYING....OH MY GOD. You freaking killed the game and outdid yourself. THESE ARE GORGEOUS!"

"THESE ARE GORGEOUS"

- hannah + ross

"Paige is phenomenal. From the very first meet up, I knew that she was going to do everything in her ability to make our day something special. She is so easy to work with, and really plays to the strengths of the couple. My husband and I are awkward and we laugh at everything, and she let us be ourselves and really captured our personalities in the pictures. She truly went the extra mile and brought so much energy to our day."

"Phenomenal."

- Chelsea + seth

"We had a blast with Paige, and have the most amazing photos to show from it. We are blessed beyond belief that we met this wonderful human and that she provided us with photos that will adorn our home for years to come. Through grateful tears, THANK YOU for your work. We are so happy to have a friend in you."

"The very best day."

- Morgan + Matt

"I can't stop staring at my wedding photos!"

"Can't stop staring"

- Keeley, 2020 PEP Senior rep

"Paige is one of the most kindest, hardworking, selfless, people I know. I’m am not a confident person at all, but when I did my shoots with Paige she would make me laugh and feel confident. One of my favorite parts of my senior year was being able to get to know her, and do my senior casuals with her. She is not only a great photographer but a great person💕"

"She would make me laugh and feel CONFIDENT"

- Alicia + Justin

"From personal experience, I can say that Paige is incredible to work with. She was the best photographer we could have asked for! We highly recommend her!" 

"Highly Recommend"

- Tori + otto

“Paige is an outstanding professional with AMAZING photography skills. My husband and I LOVE her, and we were so delighted with our experience using her services on our special wedding day. Paige has a way of making you feel so comfortable in front of the camera and the photography she creates is absolutely top notch. Thank you Paige!”

"So Comfortable"

- morgan + skye

“Paige is just the best. She (sometimes literally) bent over backwards to make our day and everything before our day go absolutely perfect. There aren't enough words to explain how thankful we are for her AND her beautiful work. I can't imagine our wedding day without her and will most definitely be recommending her to everyone in the future.”

"Aren't Enough Words"

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