Photo Finish in Green Isn't Your Color
|Eyes|| Dark indigo (series)|
|Coat||Pale, light grayish cerulean|
|Nicknames||Pf (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)|
(S1E20 animation error and trading card)
|Voice||Tabitha St. Germain (English)|
Mélanie Dambermont (French, season 1)
Nathalie Hugo (French, season 7)
Heide Domanowski (German)
Balint Magyar (Hungarian)
Caterina Rochira (Italian)
Rikako Aikawa (Japanese)
Choi Moon-ja (Korean)
Nirayu Zuhdi (Malaysian)
Agata Gawrońska-Bauman (Polish)
Fatima Noya (Brazilian Portuguese)
Anda Tămășanu (Romanian)
Larisa Brokhman (Russian, S1E20)
Olga Golovanova (Russian, S7E09)
Laura Ayala (Latin American Spanish)
Anneli Heed (Swedish)
Olena Blinnikova (Ukrainian, S1E20)
Natalya Yaroshenko (Ukrainian, S7E09)
Development and design
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.
Photo Finish's cutie mark 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 visible partly in Green Isn't Your Color and fully in Honest Apple 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. Photo Finish's cutie mark and eye color visible on Hasbro's brushable toys of her are different. Her cutie mark in the toy line is a camera's aperture blades.
Depiction in the series
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.
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 Castle of Friendship 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.
In Honest Apple, Photo Finish serves as one of the judges in Rarity's fashion contest at Carousel Boutique. In It Isn't the Mane Thing About You, Rarity prepares for a magazine photoshoot with Photo Finish, but ends up cancelling due to her damaged mane. Photo Finish manages to take some clandestine photos of Rarity's new punk-inspired look for Vanity Mare.
In School Daze - Part 2, at the end of Friendship Always Wins, Photo Finish appears to take a photograph of the students and faculty of the School of Friendship. In Fake It 'Til You Make It, her silhouette appears in a shot visually re-used from Green Isn't Your Color.
Photo Finish appears in a flashback of Honest Apple with Applejack apologizing to the fashion contestants in Harvesting Memories.
Depiction in My Little Pony The Movie
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 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #10, and on page 19 of My Little Pony Micro-Series Issue #10. On page 13 of My Little Pony: 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. On My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries Issue #5 page 10, she attends Songbird Serenade's Ponyville concert.
A Photo Finish miniature collectible is included in the Famous Friends Set with Hoity Toity and Rarity. 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. The toy's packaging states regarding Photo Finish "She is ready for a fashion show! Who will be her next model?"
Photo Finish appears in episode 2 of Rarity's Peek Behind the Boutique, "Fashion vs. Function".
My Little Pony mobile game
Photo Finish is a character in Gameloft's mobile game, and serves as a boss battle helper during the "Rarity's Retro Revolution" event. Her bio states, "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.
- "I go!"
- — Green Isn't Your Color
With her German-like accent, Photo Finish joins the ranks of ponies with inexplicable foreign accents. 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 almost never seen without her sunglasses on, briefly removing them for the first time in Honest Apple.
- See also: Character appearances
|Y||At least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot|
|S||At least one appearance where the character is the focus of a shot, without spoken dialogue or narration|
|B||Background appearance or an appearance where the character is not the focus|
|F||At least one appearance where the character is only in a flashback or fantasy-setting|
|P||No physical appearance, but appears in a photo, drawing, or figure|
|M||No appearance, but a mention by name or title|
|N||No appearance and no mention by name or title|
- "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
- Photo Finish (EG)
- Photo Finish, Picture Perfect Pony on the Collectible Card Game Wiki
- Photo Finish, Fashion Forward on the Collectible Card Game Wiki
- Photo Finish, Say "Käse!" on the Collectible Card Game Wiki
- Photo Finish, Snapshot on the Collectible Card Game Wiki
- Photo Finish on the Fan Wiki
- Photo Finish on the My Little Pony Gameloft Wiki
- Jayson Thiessen (2011-08-28). I'm Jayson Thiessen, supervising director of MLP:FiM, AMA. Retrieved on 2013 October 8.
- Interview: Tabitha St. Germain. Everfree Radio (2012-07-31). Retrieved on 2012 December 19.
- 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.
- Stitch Kingdom - Timeline Photos. Facebook (2014-02-15). Retrieved on 2014 February 24.