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Photo Finish
Photo Finish S1E20 thumb
Kind Earth
Sex Female
Occupation Fashion photographer
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More info
Eyes Very dark indigo (series)
​[​specify​]​ (merchandise)
Mane Light gray
Coat Pale, light grayish cerulean
Nicknames Pf (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)
Cutie mark
AiP CM Twilight Sparkle
(S1E20 animation error and trading card)
Photo Finish Brushable Cutie Mark
(brushable toy)
Voice Tabitha St. Germain (English)[1]
Heide Domanowski (German)
Balint Magyar (Hungarian)
Caterina Rochira (Italian)
Rikako Aikawa (Japanese)
Choi Moon-ja (Korean)
Agata Gawrońska-Bauman (Polish)
Fatima Noya (Brazilian Portuguese)
Anda Tămășanu (Romanian)
Laura Ayala (Latin American Spanish)
Anneli Heed (Swedish)
Photo Finish is a female Earth pony and famous fashion photographer in Equestria. She first appears in the season one episode Green Isn't Your Color, and as of season four, she appears in the series' opening sequence.

Development and design

FANMADE Side-by-side comparison of Anna Wintour and Photo Finish

A side-by-side comparison of Photo Finish and Anna Wintour, whom Photo Finish's character is based on.

Photo Finish heavily resembles the iconic editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour. Her name is a play on a horse racing term; a "photo finish" is when competitors finish so closely that a photograph is needed to determine the winner. Tabitha St. Germain based Photo Finish's accent and mannerism on that of an Austrian woman.[2]

Photo Finish's cutie mark is visible in Green Isn't Your Color and listed on Enterplay's Hoity Toity & Photo Finish trading card is the same as that of Twilight Sparkle and "Masquerade," and her eye color also appears similar to Twilight Sparkle's; a show crew member noted that Photo Finish was made from Twilight Sparkle's Flash character model, and the visibility of Twilight's cutie mark was likely overlooked during production of the show.​[​citation needed​]​ Photo Finish's cutie mark visible on Hasbro's brushable toy of her is different. Her cutie mark in the toy line is a camera's aperture blades.

Depiction in the series

Fluttershy trying to talk to Photo Finish S1E20

Photo Finish with Fluttershy.

Photo Finish first appears in Green Isn't Your Color. She is first mentioned during the spa scene, where Rarity excitedly says that Photo Finish was impressed by some of her latest fashion attire. She soon appears in the Carousel Boutique where she holds a photo-shoot of Fluttershy, seemingly fascinated by the Pegasus' innocence and simplicity, rejecting any extra flair that the she had attempted at Rarity's insistence. Photo Finish launches Fluttershy into a modeling career instead of promoting Rarity's dresses, much to Rarity's disappointment. With Photo Finish as her manager, Fluttershy takes the modeling world by storm, but grows to hate her fame almost immediately, uncomfortable with the excessive attention focused on her and unhappy at having no time to spend with her friends. Twilight Sparkle tries to sabotage Fluttershy's latest photo shoot in order to get her out of her contract, much to Photo Finish's horror, but an accidental intervention on Rarity's part makes Fluttershy even more popular, and Photo Finish seeks to promote her more eagerly than ever. However, Fluttershy confesses her dislike of the spotlight to Rarity, and quits modeling altogether, much to Photo Finish's surprise and dismay.

Photo Finish also has two brief cameos in Sweet and Elite: she can be seen attending an art gallery in Canterlot during Rarity's song sequence, and once again when Rarity is surrounded by Canterlot ponies in a checkerboard-like sequence. In the same shot, members of Photo Finish's photography and makeup crew also appear.

As of season four, Photo Finish now briefly appears in the series' opening sequence and theme song, taking a new photograph of the expanded roster of characters before it is sent to the princesses in Canterlot.

Hoity Toity, Sapphire Shores and Photo Finish clapping their hooves S4E08

Photo Finish in Rarity Takes Manehattan.

She also has a cameo in the audience sitting with Hoity Toity and Sapphire Shores in Rarity Takes Manehattan.

She can be seen sitting in the stadium in Equestria Games.

She is listed as having a speaking role in the credits of Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2, although she ends up not having any lines. She has a cameo as one of the ponies seeing the Friendship Rainbow Kingdom castle during Let the Rainbow Remind You.

In reference to her appearance in the opening sequence, she appears at the end of Crusaders of the Lost Mark taking a photo of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and their friends. She is seen taking photos of Coloratura and the school ponies in The Mane Attraction.

Depiction in comics

In the IDW comics, Photo Finish appears on page 21 of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #3, on page 14 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #8, on pages 9, 12, and 18 of Friendship is Magic Issue #10, and on page 19 of Micro-Series Issue #10. On page 13 of Friends Forever Issue #1, Summer van der Hoof says that Photo Finish "loves sauerkraut!" Photo Finish also appears on page 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #21 and on page 3 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #9, and is also mentioned on page 13 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever Issue #13.

Merchandise

Photo Finish Brushable 2

Photo Finish brushable, with a different cutie mark than both the show's animation error and Enterplay's trading card.

A Photo Finish miniature collectible is included in the Famous Friends Set with Hoity Toity and Rarity.[3] A brushable Photo Finish pony toy, a Toys "R" Us-exclusive in the Ponymania line, has been displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair.[4] The toy's packaging states regarding Photo Finish "She is ready for a fashion show! Who will be her next model?"

Other depictions

My Little Pony mobile game description

This famous fashion photographer pony has an eye for modeling talent -- like Ponyville's very own Fluttershy!

The Elements of Harmony guidebook

PHOTO FINISH catches all the hot looks as Equestria's top fashion photographer. This trendsetter keeps an army of impressionable attendants with her at all times.

Personality

"I go!"
Green Isn't Your Color

With her German-like accent, Photo Finish joins the ranks of unexplainable foreign-accent ponies. She is quite posh, stuck up, and dismissive of ponies she deems unworthy of her time. She travels with an entourage of servile ponies who never speak and who cater to her every whim, doing things like carrying her around and vanishing the moment she tells them to leave. She often refers to herself as "I, Photo Finish," and she is never seen without her sunglasses on.

Quotes

"I, Photo Finish... have arrived."
Green Isn't Your Color
"Flootershy! It is time to make... da magicks!"
— Green Isn't Your Color
"Even her schneezes are graceful!"
— Green Isn't Your Color
"You! The poise. The masculine grace you had on that float. I must photograph you."
Friendship is Magic Issue #10

Gallery

Photo Finish turns down Rarity S1E20

Photo Finish image gallery

See also

References

  1. Jayson Thiessen (2011-08-28). I'm Jayson Thiessen, supervising director of MLP:FiM, AMA. Retrieved on 2013 October 8.
  2. Interview: Tabitha St. Germain. Everfree Radio (2012-07-31). Retrieved on 2012 December 19.
  3. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Famous Friends 3-Pack Rarity, Photo Finish & Hoity Toity Pre-Order ships October. ToyWiz.com. Retrieved on 2012 September 19.
  4. Stitch Kingdom - Timeline Photos. Facebook (2014-02-15). Retrieved on 2014 February 24.

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