Our Story…


Blush Studio has specialized in classic portraiture for women since 2010 under our first brand Blush Boudoir. After years of working with several expecting mothers looking to capture a special time in their lives with “Baby Bump” sessions, we decided to expand our photography services with Newborn and Mommy and Me sessions and in late 2016, our newest brand Blush Bumps & Babies was born.

With our uber-talented and experienced photography and beauty team, we bring the same high-quality photography, sense of style, and attention to detail that we’ve always been known for. Read more about our team below, and then check out our portfolio, client testimonials and session options. We hope to see you at our studio soon!

Our Team…

Tracy Pote

Tracy Pote

Owner/Photographer

“I’ve been a professional photographer since 2001 and have always had a passion for photography and making people feel beautiful. At the very beginning I started doing boudoir photography - a sensual style not very known at the time. From there I did it all - high school seniors, families, newborns, and eventually weddings full=time. And then I came full circle and started doing boudoir photography again, this time for many of my wedding clients. I knew I was on to something, and in 2006 Blush Boudoir was born.

"Over the past several years we've also worked with dozens of expecting mothers who came to us to create beautiful "baby bump" images, and I'm excited to be expanding that service with the addition of Newborn and Mommy & Me photography sessions!" – Tracy

Jessica Hites

Jessica Hites

Photographer

“I was in the 6th grade when I received my first film camera, and once I snapped my first roll of film and saw what I captured, I was in love. Ever since then I knew what my life’s passion and future career would be – it’s a love that I never want to stop learning from! In 2010 with the support of my loving husband, I started my own photography business, and since then I’ve grown and found my voice in a field so full of wonderful artists. I came to Blush Studio as a boudoir client in 2014 and knew this was the style I would love to capture/create myself as a photographer. I just loved the way I felt before, during & after; it was such a freeing experience that all women should have at least once in their lives. And now I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Blush team where I will capture the beauty of women, mothers and babies alike!” – Jessica

Danielle DeBorde

Photographer

Danielle is a portrait photographer in Beavercreek, Ohio. Growing up, she watched her grandpa document every occasion with photographs - from holiday get-togethers to grocery store shopping errands. When she took a film photography class in high school, it was official - photography was her passion. It wasn't until her second child was born in 2013 that she finally turned her passion into a business. Over the last four years she has loved not only creating beautiful portraits, but also creating amazing experiences for her clients.

Danielle started working with Blush Studio in 2017 and does boudoir, senior and baby bump photography sessions with us.

Trista Noe

Trista Noe

Makeup Artist

“While attending the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA as a theater major, I discovered my passion for makeup artistry while taking a required stage makeup course. I realized I loved the behind the scenes aspect of performances more than anything else. My passion led me to Las Vegas, NV where I attended L Makeup Institute and received a certification in TV/Film/Photography makeup. I have been doing makeup in the Dayton/Cincinnati area ever since (Trista Noe Makeup Artistry). I am skilled at doing natural makeup for weddings and senior portraits, but absolutely love to do the more dramatic, sexy looks of a boudoir session. I have also been a freelance artist for companies such as Vincent Longo, Bare Minerals, and Calvin Klein. I am so excited to be part of the talented Blush Studio team, and for the opportunity to make every client gorgeous!” – Trista

Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis

Hair Stylist

“As a hair stylist, it is my joy to see the greatest beauty potential in every client, and to turn that potential into reality. My professional skills allow me to help each client achieve whatever look they desire, whether it is super glamorous or effortlessly natural (Hair By Hannah). Being a part of the Blush Studio team means I get to help create gorgeous looks that will last longer than just a day through the beautiful images produced. We offer an absolutely unique experience, and I am thrilled to be apart of such a lovely team!” – Hannah

Heidi Maleky

Makeup Artist

Heidi Maleky is a freelance makeup artist currently residing in Dayton, OH. While earning her business degree with a focus in Marketing, she decided to start up her YouTube channel as a hobby. This hobby quickly evolved into a passion which inspired her to enroll in Cosmetology School once she graduated. Cosmetology School was a pivotal point in Heidi's journey as it is where she developed the skill set to empower other women and help them realize their true potential. Since obtaining her license she's perfected many coloring techniques such as the art of balayage and color melting.

"Learning the skills and techniques to help women feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside was the best decision I could have ever made. Hair and makeup go beyond vanity. When a woman feels confident she holds the power to chase her dreams and reach her goals. Every woman harnesses the ability to create a path for herself in this world, and if I can help you take that first step, I will."

Through the evolution of social media Heidi has become a digital influencer; taking what has learned and continues to learn, she shares her knowledge with her growing YouTube community. She utilizes her long-lasting HD makeup techniques in fashion shows, photoshoots, and weddings. Whatever the occasion, she will work with you to ensure she creates a look where you feel your most confident self. (more at HeidiCupcake.com)

 
Monica McAlpin

Monica McAlpin

Makeup Artist

“Upon graduating from Ohio University, I moved to New York City to begin my career as an artist. I love all things creative but I’ve always had a special connection to the art of make-up. I’ve done make-up for Sony Music Recording Artists, American Idol winners, catalog shoots, music videos, and even events at the White House. After fifteen years of living and working in New York, raising a family brought me back to my hometown – Dayton, Ohio. I’m excited about the opportunity to team up with Blush Studio and share my love of make-up, creativity & transformation with all of our clients.” – Monica

Blush Studio - Katie Mayhill

Katie Mayhill

Makeup Artist

Katie is a twenty-something from Vandalia Ohio who loves makeup artistry and finds it rewarding and fun. She loves meeting new people and making them look and feel their best for the ultimate experience of a Blush Studio session.

A few fun facts about Katie - she gets excited about drinking coffee and going to fairs, car shows, or anything outside in the summer where there are big crowds of people and even more food! Katie also loves all things Motocross and once worked for Monster Energy as a monster girl at Arenacross.

Ali Romano

Ali Romano

Hairstylist

Ali is originally from Vandalia, Ohio and moved to Columbus to attend the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology. Following graduation she trained under many stylists at Charles Penzone Salons. After becoming the Director of the Junior Dance team "Vantasia", Ali moved back to Dayton and became a stylist at Indigo Salon and then M By Marti Brooks in Vandalia.

Ali enjoys doing formal styles for weddings and special events, and looks forward to doing beautiful hairstyles for our Blush Studio clients. "I look forward to being a part of someone's Blush experience, helping them look and feel their very best for memories and pictures they will have forever! Very excited to be joining the Blush Studio team!"

Ashley Marshall

Ashley Marshall

Hairstylist

Ever since she was very young, Ashley always enjoyed making other people feel beautiful. When she was in high school she used to do other classmates' hair for dances and other events, and then barely had any time to do her own! In 2008 she started school at the Aveda Institute in Columbus - a great starting point to a career where she could continue to make others happy and feel great about themselves. While she has loved working in the salon atmosphere the past several years, Ashley loves working with photographers and specialize in all different hair types and textures. She is excited to be at Blush Studio where she uses her talents to make our clients look stunning!"

 
Billy Pote

Billy Pote

Owner/Studio Manager

“I actually started my life with Blush Studio as the landlord for the current studio when I met Tracy in January 2010. Little did I know at the time that one day we would start dating and eventually become partners in business as well as life (we got married on 10/1/2016)! We’ve been business partners since 2012 and since then we’ve grown Blush Studio from two people to the team we have today (and growing)! While Tracy and the team focus on the photography and creative stuff, I am responsible for accounting, technology, marketing, business development and generally just keeping things organized. Oh, and I also keep things fixed at the studio – not an easy task with a partner who is constantly wanting to change things!” – Billy