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

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.

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)

 

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.

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!"

 

Ashley Dennon

Hairstylist

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!"

Billy Pote

Billy Pote

Owner / Studio Manager

“I've been the studio manager and co-owner of Blush Studio since 2013, and I make sure everything behind the scenes is done so that our team can focus their time on making our clients look and feel their absolute best. With Blush Senior, I assist during our shoots - which means I drive us around downtown to different shooting locations and I make sure the lighting is perfect for our photographers. Afterward, I show you your finished photographs and help you pick out your favorites - which is MY favorite part of the job!" – Billy