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 and Tracy able to focus on the creative side, Blush Studio has grown into one of the most successful boudoir photography studios in the country with a team of uber-talented photographers, makeup artists and hairstylists!
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
"My first solid memory is me in a bookstore looking in awe at work by Ansel Adams, a famous American landscape photographer and environmentalist. From that moment on I was captivated by the beauty one image could portray and the feelings one person could receive from a photograph. Yet it wasn’t until 2014 when I dove into photography completely and left my corporate job to pursue adventure and art. Of course I started with travel, landscape, and street photography. And along the way I discovered the joy of capturing the subtle beauty of women. To empower, encourage, and inspire women to fall in love with themselves on a deeper level is my commitment. " - Nicole
“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
Make-up Artist / Hairstylist
"I've had a passion for makeup artistry since being in high school. After completing my professional training at L Makeup Institute in Las Vegas, I stayed and continued to work in the industry there, working for high profile clients like Cirque du Soleil and Ms. Nevada. In late 2020, I moved back to Ohio to join the Blush Boudoir beauty team and offer my freelance services including professional makeup artistry, makeup classes and spray tanning. I absolutely love transforming our clients at Blush and bringing out their true beauty to be captured in photos!" - Payton
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!"
"Alex had no idea he wanted to do hair, however little did he know that in 2005 he'd start in the beauty industry and be right at home. He began his career in Huntington, WV where he served as artistic director at Lee David Salon. In 2011, he became a national educator for Paul Mitchell and through the surge in the men's grooming market was known as one of the go-to's for men's hairstyling. This not only helped him become a top requested in-salon educator, but solidified his onstage presence from Cleveland to Las Vegas, and even Mexico and Canada. In 2019 he started his association with Aveda through Square One and the next year joined Blush Studio as our first male team member (besides Billy, of course)!"
“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
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! I've been managing the studio since 2012, including accounting, scheduling, technology, marketing and yes - fixing things and ALWAYS painting walls at the studio!” – Billy