50% OFF 3ditions Box Sets!

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Elements Box Sets, known as 3ditions are IN STOCK and ready to order at 50% OFF the regular price!  Choose from a wide assortment of sizes, capacities and colors.  Each 3ditions Box Set comes with 3 matching self-mount albums in a coordinating slip-case.  Prices shown in the cart are already discounted, no coupon codes necessary. Browse our brand new IN STOCK list below.

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3ditions Box Set of Finao's self-mount Elements albums. Easy to assemble yourself for quick delivery to clients.

3ditions Box Set of Finao’s self-mount Elements albums. Easy to assemble yourself for quick delivery to clients.

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More to love about Twin Sets!

Seldex Twin Set albums available in 9x9 or 13x13

There’s more to love about Seldex’s matted Twin Set albums! 7 newly added Asahi fabrics join the line-up!  Now your matted album with coordinating clamshell box and ribbon tie is available in the full Asahi fabric line.

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Twinsets by Seldex. An easy to assemble matted album in a coordinating clamshell box with ribbon tie closure. Perfect for portraits!

ASAHI collection by Seldex

ASAHI collection by Seldex

ORDER YOUR TWIN SET NOW!

Super easy self-assembly makes them great for stocking in your studio, or opt for full service print & assembly by Finao.

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Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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2014 Seldex Material Update

We’re barely into 2014 and already, big things have hit the market and more are in the works!  Time to check out what’s new with our friends Down Under!  Seldex has made some updates to their previous material offerings, so here’s your first look at what’s new!

First of all, we have to say goodbye to some old friends:

(*select materials from these collections have been moved to current collections)

Brocades*, Exotic Too Tone, Macrosuede, Outback Leather*, Shimmer* and Wild Animalia

Fare thee well….

Now on to the new!

ASAHI ADDS: Cool Mint, Crème Brulee, Night Shade, Summer Plum, Sunflower and Black Pearl* (formerly Brocade).  Discontinued: Naughty Girl, Not So Secret, Nugget Found, One Hot Mama, Only in Sedona and Romance Novel.

ASAHI collection by Seldex

ASAHI collection by Seldex

 

AVANT GARDE LEATHER keeps Ebony Florentine and Ivory Florentine. Discontinued: Bloodreel Wave, Bombay Wave, Peregian Wave and Venetian Nights.

AVANT GARDE collection by Seldex

AVANTEGARDE collection by Seldex

 

BUCKRAM ADDS: Admiral Blue, Java, Slate, Tickled Pink, Vanilla Ice and Gunmetal Shimmer.

BUCKRAM collection by Seldex

BUCKRAM collection by Seldex

 

BROCADE collection is discontinued, however Black Pearl is moved to Asahi collection.

CLASSIC LEATHER ADDS: Navy and White. Discontinued: Chili, Port and Teak.

CLASSIC LEATHER collection by Seldex

CLASSIC LEATHER collection by Seldex

 

LEATHERETTE says goodbye to Baby Blue Jeans, Billabong, Champagne, Denim, Navy Wildlife and Steel.

LEATHERETTE collection by Seldex

LEATHERETTE collection by Seldex

 

LINEN ADDS: Barley Grass, Oatmeal, Smoke, Twilight and Wheat. Discontinued: Mauve, Orange, Red, Sandbank, Sky Blue and Violet.

LINEN collection by Seldex

LINEN collection by Seldex

 

OUTBACK LEATHER collection is discontinued, however Black, Iron and Sandstone are moved to the Premium Leather collection.

PREMIUM LEATHER ADDS:  Basalt, Claystone, Pumice, Shale, Black Outback, Iron Outback, and Sandstone Outback.  Discontinued: Chocolate, Copper Metallic, Dark Grey, Maple, Mother of Pearl, Navy and Terracotta.

PREMIUM LEATHER collection by Seldex

PREMIUM LEATHER collection by Seldex

 

If you use Seldex products and don’t have a Seldex Swatch Box, now’s the time to GET ONE!

The introduction of these hot new looks makes for the perfect time to expand some of the material offerings on your favorite Seldex products as well!  Look for Asahi, Buckram and Linen to be offered with Seldex Portfolio Boxes and Preview Boxes in the coming weeks!  Twin Sets have also been expanded to include ALL 12 Asahi fabrics!

STAY TUNED!!  New products are still in the pipeline and will be rolling out soon.

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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NEW! NAKED pages on Elements

Finao Elements self-mount albums. Photo credit Katchlight Photography and Berkshire Studios

Elements, the choice album for self-mount assembly, now come with three distinct page options:

1. Album Style – adhesive on all page-sides.

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2. TXT Guestbook Style – adhesive on right page-sides only, left page-sides are blank paper for signatures.

Guestbook Elements with the TXT page style

 

3. NEW Naked Page Style – no adhesive on any pages.  Perfect for mounting photo booth prints or using your own mount method.

Elements with Naked pages

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Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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Go to the next level with nextONE

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Finao reinvents the hybrid market with nextONE!

We’ve taken matted albums to the next level.  Flush and matted prints are combined in seamless, panoramic layouts, and with an easy-to-design philosophy that requires NO SPECIAL SOFTWARE, you will never have to fear
matted albums ever again!

The nextONE is available in all the same Finabulous cover options you know and love from previous ONE series albums, and it also features your choice of photographic luster prints like the original ONE, or giclée prints like the artONE.

Gorgeous conservation-quality mats are finished with an embossed accent around openings and sit nearly level with non-matted, “flush mount” areas.  Both mats and prints can cross the center crease, freeing you up for fresh new design ideas.

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Luster print “flush mount” area sits level next to matted area where mat is on top of inset prints. One simple design makes this magic happen. Emboss detail surrounds mat openings. Photo credit: Danny Weiss

Design in any software that is capable of exporting a jpeg.  With the addition of a few simple rules, you can design virtually as you would for any other flush mount album, and BE FREE FROM TEMPLATES!! Simply use magenta (R=255 G=0 B=255) to indicate matted areas and we’ll craft each page according to your custom layout.  More details on design DOs and DON’Ts are found here.

And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, wait until you go look at the price! (Must be logged-in to view pricing as the privacy of our customers is highest priority) Base price includes 10 leaves/20 page-sides of printing, mats and full assembly, also your choice of nearly 150 cover materials including leathers, silks, linens and vegan options.  Additional spreads are available up to 32 leaves/64 page-sides and many cover upgrade opportunities exist as well.

Remember, cheap looking products attract cheap clients (read more)

Take it to the next level with nextONE.

Get started on your studio sample today!

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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NEW! Fashion Fabric

Authentic Louis Vuitton fabric on wedding album by Finao.

For all those who crave the designer flair, Finao introduces Fashion Fabric!  Authentic Louis Vuitton and Gucci fabric for your Finao album cover.  Fashion Fabric is available exclusively on Finao ONE, artONE and nextONE albums sized 8×10 and larger.

Fashionista dream wedding? OH YES!!

Authentic Louis Vuitton fabric on wedding album by Finao.

Authentic Louis Vuitton fabric on wedding album by Finao.

Each Fashion Fabric serves as the front cover panel, and is paired with a specially selected hand-finished leather that wraps around the spine and back. The Louis Vuitton fabric is paired with tan leather and the Gucci fabric is paired with a beautiful black leather.  Alternate cover designs and options are not available with this specialty cover option.

Fashion Fabric is available in Gucci fabric or Louis Vuitton fabric.

Fashion Fabric is available in Gucci fabric or Louis Vuitton fabric.

Finao has no connection with Louis Vuitton or Gucci. These albums are designed and created by Finao with authentic Louis Vuitton and Gucci fabric. They are not Louis Vuitton or Gucci products. Due to the cost and widely recognizable nature of these fabrics, swatches are not available.

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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NEW! The Marilyn print box by Finao

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Introducing the new symbol for glamour: The Marilyn by Finao is the new take-two twist on the often imitated portrait box.

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Left: 8×10 The Marilyn in “Moonflower” from the Brocades collection. Right: 11×14 The Marilyn in “Narcism” from the Addiction collection.

This envelope style box is sealed with a kiss (and a ribbon) and holds 10-12 or 15-18 matted images for one convenient price (mats sold separately) and is one of our best products yet for boudoir & portrait sessions!

Left: 11x14 The Marilyn with deep capacity (holds 15-18 mats) with black ribbon and lining.  Right: 8x10 The Marilyn in standard capacity (holds 10-12 mats) with white ribbon and lining.

Left: 11×14 The Marilyn with deep capacity (holds 15-18 mats) with black ribbon and lining. Right: 8×10 The Marilyn in standard capacity (holds 10-12 mats) with white ribbon and lining.

The Marilyn is available in an array of silks, linens & more to suit all of your portrait needs.  From child & family portraits, to seniors, to boudoir and glamour, The Marilyn provides a beautiful presentation for your images.

Options in four sizes to suit an array of print sizes:

Marilyn_Sizes

 

Simply upload your images and we will museum mount & mat your art and ship you a fully-finished product using your choice of photographic luster or metallic, or giclee on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper.  Or, if you prefer to do it yourself, you may order The Marilyn envelope only, and pair it with a 25-pack of the slip-in frame mounts available on our site, made by Seldex Artistic Albums in Australia.

Print & Assembly for The Marilyn by Finao includes museum-mounted matted prints finished with embossed accent. Image credit: Sandy Puc'

Print & Assembly for The Marilyn by Finao includes museum-mounted matted prints finished with embossed accent. Image credit: Sandy Puc’

PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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Attract the photography clients you want

Cheap Photographer gets cheap clients

I’ve never met a photographer that had a goal to be the cheapest.

I’ve never met a photographer who wanted to get the cheapest clients.

In fact, quite the opposite is true. 

As I speak with photographers I hear things like:

I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting there.

I’m working towards attracting a different clientele, those that value photography more.

I put my minimum prices on my web site because I don’t want to deal with the brides who have a $1000 budget, they can go to a Craig’s-lister.

What I never hear is:

I wish my clients would spend a little less.

I really want to lower my prices so I can get more Walmart shoppers.

Nope that’s not what I hear.  That doesn’t seem to be anyone’s goal.

So I ask a simple question: if you don’t want to be the cheapest photographer and you don’t want the cheapest clients, then what would ever make you think you should provide the cheapest products? People will spend because they expect quality.  Quality of the images, quality of the service and quality of the products.  It’s only when the your clients are convinced that you are worth what you charge that they will be willing to pay what you charge.  You can’t attract a better quality of clients if you show samples of weddings where everything was done on a minimum budget.  Even if you have great images, if what they see looks like people who didn’t spend much then they won’t want to spend much themselves.

I remember being at a Bebbinar (Jen and Steve Bebb) where Jen was doing critiques of web sites and image presentations.  She noticed a photographer who had way too many images in her gallery, and she had a wonderful shot of Manolo Blahnik shoes buried thirty-some images in.  She pointed it out and said, “Look, if you want clients who can afford these shoes then put this at the beginning.  Clients with the money to spend will see that someone else with money to spend chose you, so they should too.”  Think about it.  Like-minded people do like-minded things.

Just this past weekend a photographer said he suddenly started getting most of his clients from Goldman Sachs and these people really wanted an heirloom album.  If you don’t have the quality product to back up the quality image you are presenting to a prospect, the budget you are looking for might just as well be looking somewhere else.

Lesson: show the best wedding you have.  The best dress, the best of everything.  Show that wedding in the best album you can get.  Make it special, make it quality and make it look expensive.  Maybe your prices aren’t where you want them to be, but they will never get there if you do not look like your expectation.

Cheap products will attract cheap clients.  They won’t expect to pay much.
Tacky products will attract tacky clients.  They won’t see the value.  Beautiful, high-end products will attract beautiful high-end people.  They will pay your price.

If you haven’t read Sarah Petty’s book, Worth Every Penny, you should.  It’s all about making sure that everything about your business is designed to say

I’m worth what I charge.

With a little help from gorgeous, heirloom-quality albums by Finao, you’ll be saying:

I’m exactly where I want to be with clientele that values my photography and the presentation I can create for them.

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Christine Perry-Burke

Christine Perry-Burke

Managing Partner and "queen" of Finao. I'm responsible for all the cool materials and products at Finao. A vegetarian and animal lover to my core, we run a dog friendly office. I believe Finao should be a good corporate citizen and tread lightly on our planet.

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