Our Story

Blush Senior is the newest brand of high school portrait photography in Dayton, where fashion, style and beauty mix with modern portraiture for a memorably unique experience. Our mission: to utilize the talents of our beauty team to make every one of our senior girls look and feel beautiful, confident and empowered, while capturing this special time in their lives with our high-styled and timeless photography.

We are part of Blush Studio, which has been known as one of the top photography studios for female portraiture in North America since 2010. Owned by Tracy & Billy Pote, Blush Studio has worked with over one thousand clients both locally and from across the country. We are excited to add high school senior photography to our portfolio with our exceptionally talented beauty and photography team. Check them out below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. I started my photography career working with families and high school seniors, eventually focusing exclusively on weddings and then boudoir photography. Over the past several years our talented team has worked with over a thousand women from Ohio and beyond as we've made them look and feel more beautiful than ever.

"We're now bringing that same philosophy and creative direction to our new Blush Senior brand. I'm so excited to work with seniors again as I apply my experience to our new stylized shoots. This will be more than just a photo shoot... it will be an experience!" – 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 Jessica Ashley Photography, and since then I’ve grown and found my voice in a field so full of wonderful artists. I was actually a Blush client in 2014 and knew it was something I would love to capture/create myself as a photographer. And now I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Blush team where I will help other women and senior girls see their own beauty! ” – Jessica

Danielle DeBorde

Danielle DeBord

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.

"I'm excited to be part of this insanely-talented Blush team and to work with senior girls, giving each one a unique experience with photographs that they will want everybody to see!" - Danielle

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 Senior shoot. 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.

Monica McAlpin

Makeup Artist

Upon graduating from Ohio University, Monica moved to New York City to begin her career as an artist. She loves all things creative but has always had a special connection to the art of make-up. Monica's 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 her back to her hometown – Dayton, Ohio. She's excited about being on the Blush Senior team where she can share her love of make-up, creativity & transformation with all of our senior girls.

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 Senior girls. "I look forward to being a part of someone's senior picture experience, helping them look and feel their very best for memories and pictures they will have forever! Very excited to be joining the Blush Seniors team!"

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 on the Blush Senior team where she uses her talents to make our senior girls 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!” “With Blush Senior, I am excited to assist with shoots, do preview sessions with clients and help them pick out images and print products that they will cherish forever. ” – Billy