Around Town: Local women collaborate to create memorable events

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Dallas Sauers graduated South Fayette High School in 2009 and already has owned her own business for nearly two years. While attending Point Park University, she also went to South Hills Beauty Academy to obtain her manicurist license, having worked in local beauty salons since the age of 14.

Word-of-mouth referrals from pleased customers persuaded her to open her home business “Nails by Dallas” and soon she was doing nail art full-time, six days a week. A Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter keep her followers updated with pictures, open appointments and other salon news. Six months ago, she was able to hire her first employee.

Sauers' favorite assignment to date has been training in Los Angeles with Hand and Nail Harmony to become a Certified Gelish Educator. This certification has led to being published in trade magazines and teaching in cities around the United States.

A chance encounter with Leeann Marie Golish at another salon has led to a successful collaboration with Leeann's home-based wedding photography business. Golish, with a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, worked for FedEx Ground for four years while she pursued learning about photography and being an assistant photographer before opening her business in 2009.

The first wedding she ever photographed has been her most memorable to date. At that wedding, she took a photo of the bride and her father dancing, big smiles on both faces. Unexpectedly, the father died three days after the wedding and this memory has remained with her as a powerful statement to have captured one of the family's last moments together.

Her business tagline “Big City Photographers for the Hometown Bride” sums up her desire to provide modern and cosmopolitan engagement and wedding photography for couples at a variety of venues in the Pittsburgh region. She has added two photographers to her staff as well as some photography partners nationwide who assist with album design, printing and post-processing. Nails by Dallas has provided some of the nail art on the brides being photographed.

For more information, visit The Leeann Marie Collective at or call 412-447-1722. For an appointment with Sauers, visit her Facebook page or email

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or

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