Our beginnings go back to the year 2001 when owner and photographer Tracy Pote transformed her one-car garage at home into a photography studio where she started doing sexy but classy photo shoots for clients. Tracy soon shifted to wedding photography but never gave up on her boudoir photography concept that she would revisit in 2008 when she opened her first photography studio in West Carrollton, Ohio. In 2010 Tracy moved her studio to its current location – the historic “Little House” in Downtown Dayton, Ohio. Soon Tracy partnered with her landlord-turned-husband Billy Pote and business started to grow enough so that Tracy stopped doing weddings to focus on boudoir photography full-time. With Billy managing the business end of things, Tracy has been able to focus on the creative side, and in just a few short years our studio has grown to a team of some of the most talented photographers, makeup artists and hairstylists in the region.
Owner / Principal Photographer
“I’ve been a professional photographer since 2001 and have always had a passion for photography and making people feel beautiful. As a wedding photographer I started getting requests from my clients for intimate pictures for their husbands-to-be. After several sessions I received many cards and emails expressing what an amazing time they had, with comments like “I have never felt more gorgeous or confident before”, and “these images brought me to tears.” I knew I was on to something, and in 2006 Blush Boudoir was born. Even then, I knew that I wanted to make a boudoir session something that a woman does for herself – from the glamorous experience of the professional make-up and hair, the fun of the actual shoot, and finally – to having stunning pictures that show each of my clients as her best and most beautiful self.””I absolutely love shooting beauty and boudoir photography, and finding the right balance for each client. My camera can reveal things when words can simply not describe those real moments that happen with each session. But a Blush Boudoir experience is about so much more than the photographs – it can be a transformational experience for any woman. I truly believe my passion for making my clients feel at ease in front of the camera and bringing out the best in each and every one of them is the key to my success, and the reason many of my clients have come back for their second and even third shoots.” – Tracy
“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 Jessica Ashley Photography, and since then I’ve grown and found my voice in a field so full of wonderful artists. I did my own Blush Boudoir session in 2014 and knew it was something 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 help other women see their own beauty! ” – Jessica
“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 Boudoir team, and for the opportunity to make every client gorgeous!” – Trista
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)
“After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School in Columbus six years ago, I didn’t waste time at all pursuing my dreams in the beauty industry. I’ve had the opportunity to attend workshops, trainings and even take part in hair shows both locally and across the United States. Working along side some of the industry’s best stylists has broadened my horizons and encouraged me to try new things. Being a Paul Mitchell stylist isn’t just a choice it’s a family that I embrace and what all of my guests to feel. I am a part of the beauty industry because I love making people feel their best. Working with Blush Boudoir has been such an amazing opportunity. Not only is the experience one guests will always remember, but capturing the best part of them and framing the moment is one that will last forever. Working with Blush Boudoir allows me to express my creative edge, build confidence in others, and reminds me why I love this industry so much.” – Elyse
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. She has been further educated from top stylists with Lanza, Schwarzkopf, JOICO, Moroccanoil and more! After four years, Ali moved back to Dayton and became a stylist at Indigo Salon and now M By Marti Brooks in Vandalia.
"I enjoy doing formal styles for weddings and special events, and I love doing beautiful styles for our clients at Blush Studio. Helping them look and feel beautiful, unique and confident - I truly enjoy being on the Blush Team!" - Ali
Ashley has always had a passion to make people feel their absolute best; becoming a cosmetologist has been the perfect way for her to express her creativity & let women see their individual beauty. She attended AVEDA Fredric's Institute in Cincinnati & upon graduation hit the ground running. Ashley is currently behind the chair at an Aveda Concept salon in Springboro, Ohio. She is passionate about mastering her craft & bring exciting new techniques to her guest.
Ashley is so excited to start this journey with Blush & helping women feel & look their absolute best on such a special day!"
Jessica has been in the industry since 2008 after graduating from the Aveda Fredric's Institue in Cincinnati. She has taken many advanced classes over the years while running her salon in the Dayton area. Jessica's main priority is to make sure every single person that sits in her chair feels beautiful and confident while establishing long lasting relationships. She is so excited to be a part of the Blush team!
Studio Manager / Co-Owner
“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 a team of fourteen (and growing)! While Tracy and the team focus on the photography sessions, 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!”
“Before joining Blush Studio, I was a founder and publisher of the online magazine Dayton Most Metro and also worked in the information technology field since 1999 after a past life in the bar and restaurant industry. I’m excited and proud of how we’ve grown Blush Studio, and look forward to continuing to grow with the help of the most talented team ever put together (see above)!” – Billy