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Flash Us! A Moment to Expose Yourself!

Happy May!

It’s time to turn up the exposure on another awesome Finaon!

Currently Flaunting:

Abby Rosenbaum!


Company / Studio Name :

Abby Rose Photo


If I had a photography superpower it would be…

Invisibility!  think of the shots you could get inside those strict churches ;-)

I like my oatmeal…

Organic! With brown sugar and fresh fruit!

My fictional best friend would be…

I’m gonna go with Buffy the Vampire Slayer :-)

My guilty pleasure photography subject is…

My dog!  pretty sure I have been un-friended on facebook due to excessive dog photos.

The title of my autobiography would be…

Married Every Weekend: The Wild World of a Wedding Photographer!


WTF! Clients shock me when they request…

Table shots.  Like, really?!  What year is this?  It’s usually the parents who want this – and I’ve definitely lost a job or two over my stance on those. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

If I could get shoes made out of a Finao Leather I’d be rockin’….

Ooooh, that’s a tough one!  So many good options.  I think anything from ‘the nines’ would be awesome – maybe some chunky platforms in ‘sex and candy’!

Finao Leather - The Nines Collection

The Nines Collection


5 Quirky Characteristics / Little known facts about ABBY!

1. I am a worthless cook (like, I’d probably mess up popcorn). Thank goodness my hubby is an accomplished chef.

2. I taught myself to like pickles

3. I put Sriracha on everything!

4. I have an embarrassing penchant for bad reality TV ( Hello, RHOBH!)

5. I still sleep with my teddy bear!


Kristina Weeks

Kristina Weeks

Resident Customer Cupid , Marketing Assistant , and Minion to the Queen.

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Finao iPad App Update


For those of you who use the FINAO DESIGNER iPad App, you’ve got an update waiting!  31 New materials have been added and all those pesky material restrictions have been done away with!

Now for some design advice from @FinaoAlbums:

Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. You’re welcome.


As much as it hurts sometimes (LOL cringe), we won’t play taste-police when it comes to mixing leathers and fabrics, but we would recommend that you choose a leather to go over the spine if you choose to feature an accent material there.  It’s just wears better over time and is more sturdy than fabric.  This is especially important when picking a leather to go with a specialty cover like the acrylic ICE or metal ARMOUR.

  • For current app users, your update should be waiting for you in your App Store.
  • And for those of you who are behind the times, get caught up and DOWNLOAD NOW or find the app in the iTunes Store.

Here are a few teasers to get your creative juices flowing:

3Tone with Brass Monkey, Chiara and Drifter

3Tone with Brass Monkey, Chiara and Drifter



TooTone with Carrigan and Trevi accent.



TooTone with Chyna and 50 Shades accent. Flipbook style.



TooTone with Corruption and Cu29 accent.

Leagalese: The Finao Designer iPad app is intended for use designing covers for the Finao ONE/artONE flush mount albums only.  Other album lines may have different cover designs and/or cover material options/restrictions. Please refer to the Finao website for details on availability for specific album lines.

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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Finao has always been known for it’s totally unique leather options. The layers and depth of color, aged patinas and distressed looks that give each leather it’s distinct concept are all achieved by hand-finishing techniques. Skilled leather workers are true artists and hides are their canvases. We thought we’d share a little behind-the-scenes peek at some of what goes into the hand-finishing process.  Enjoy!

Applying color to a hide.

Hides have rough, uneven edges as you may have learned in our earlier post “Is it Leather?

Layers and layers of color are added by hand.

Dyes are rubbed onto the surface of the hide one layer at a time, drying in-between, and adding-in various shades, layer by layer, to create each color concept.

High quality leather has character.

Wrinkles, creases and scars are natural markings that are inherent with many high-quality leathers and add to the character and uniqueness of the hand-finished color and embossing techniques.

Take a look at some very short video clips of how it’s done!

Hand-application of color:

Distressing leather:

For more, make sure to check out the post titled “Is it Leather?

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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How will you celebrate Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day,

Everyone is asking today “What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?” Change to an energy efficient light bulb? Lower your heating/cooling? Turn off the lights when you leave the room? At Finao, we try to celebrate Earth Day every day. If you have never read it, you should check out our GREEN INTRODUCTION in the Getting Started portion of our webstie. It talks about all the things we do in our products and offices to try and make our products and work spaces better for everyone. We might just give you a few ideas of your own to help you celebrate.

In recognition of Earth Day today, the Fashion Blog is GOING GREEN in our salute to making this world a better place for all to live on. Are you ready to get green?

So, feel good that you are dealing with an album company with these philosophies at heart. We would much prefer to offer you quality over cheap. There is generally a reason it’s cheap, we try and take a look behind why that is so with all of our materials and products. If the reasons don’t match our philosophy, we won’t sell it to you…plain and simple.

Have a good Earth Day everyone.

- L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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Got a wee bit sidetracked last week working on the super intensive project of updating cover designs. My apologies for missing last week’s Fashion blog but, all in all, it was time well spent and look for loads of new cover designs to be added to our Finao ONE cover design guide in the near future.

With that in mind, I heard many times from folks at several of the recent conventions that Finao has SO many options. “It’s confusing!” and “I can’t show all these options to my bride.” and even “I can’t send my bride to your website to view all the options.”      -.O

You are absolutely right! We don’t want your bride on our website and you should not be showing your bride EVERY possible thing you can do in an album.

Huh wut?

You heard (er…read) me correctly. “Well then what the heck am I supposed to do?”, you may be thinking. Here’s the deal. As I have heard Christine say many times, by the time a bride gets to a photographer, she has tried on, tasted and sampled hundreds of items. She doesn’t want to think…don’t make her think. It could get ugly. So how do you compete with things she can taste, touch and feel?

Chances are, she has a good idea of what she already wants for her wedding or event by the time she gets to you. It’s your job as the photographer to make her photography as special as everything else. She probably has colors already picked out, an idea of flowers, maybe even cakes. Find out how YOU the photographer can fit into that. It’s not just taking the pictures anymore. Have her bring in examples of things she has already picked out. Create a fashion board with her of things she likes. Check out The Dessy Group for some very inspirational fashion board ideas.

By finding out WHAT she has already chosen, YOU, the photographer, can work WITH her to give her something special. Something created JUST for her. Now, do you think she might be more likely to pay a little extra for that kind of treatment over the photographer that offers just a plain black album? If it were me, I’d buy into it. ;)

The other benefit about approaching client’s in this matter is that you are still able to give them choices…albeit EDITED choices. Let’s take a look at an example from The Dessy Group .

So, here is our client fashion board example and it’s pretty obvious what colors feature prominently into her theme. Based on that I pulled out materials from the leather swatch kit that I thought would compliment her existing materials.

I selected some basic materials as well as some materials I thought might make nice accents. I even threw in the dark Magical Mystery Glass sample as a possibility. Looking at what we have now…11 materials is much more manageable then an entire swatch kit of colors that will have no meaning to her AND could easily distract her away from the task at hand. Unless she changes her colors at a later date, don’t bother showing her the rest. You have still managed to give her several possible choices AND kept her to the task at hand. BRILLIANT!

You can always throw out there ideas of the possibility of adding in a nice metal, acrylic or canvas image cover. They are just another way of personalizing HER final album to HER wedding. Part of the key is to get her to LOVE her album concept as early in the game as possible. Make it part of your initial selling points and your consultations. Everyone else is treating and pampering her, why aren’t you?

The more you, the photographer, can educate yourself on products and options, the more you can do this. It shows you care and your client’s will FEEL like you care for them when you are able to present them with a photography package tailored just for them. THAT is the sort of treatment people pay extra for AND will return and refer people for.

Just something to keep in mind. :)

Happy Friday all.

L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION | a litte more palette please

Maybe it’s spring…maybe it’s the last week spent in Vegas at WPPI or maybe it was all the totally AWESOME submissions we got on our Facebook fan page for the scavenger hunt competion but, for whatever reason, I have been inspired this week by….THE KING!!

thankyouthankyouverymuch :)

Are you ready to get ALL SHOOK UP?

COLORS: 1) Sunday Shoes 2) Opaline  3) Saffron  4) Baby Boi  5) Lusterin’ Hot  6) Red Light District  7) Chiara 8)Bling Dynasty  9) Statuesque  10) Ludicrous

Whether you are a fan of young Elvis or old Elvis…we’ve got you covered with bold and flashy colors or a more muted and earthy combination.  We’ve even got some glitz to add some sparkle to your nextalbum outfit.  Some of my top pics for this palette are Sunday Shoes and Ludicrous ( LOVE the shiny with the pattern) Chiara and Bling Dynasty (did I mention shiny?) and Opaline with Statuesque (for the more classic Elvis lover).

Saffron and Lusterin’ Hot make a BOLD color combo and even Red Light District and Baby Boi if you want some colors that simply POP!  It’s all up to you. :)

That’s all for this week. I’d like you to all raise your Twinkies now for one final Elvis salute.

<insert Twinkie salute here>

*mankyoomankyoomerymuch* nom, nom, nom..

L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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Saints & Snakes | Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I know, I know…

It’s not Friday but I can’t let my St. Patrick’s Day palette fall by the wayside due to WPPI. I really did mean to post this last Friday but WPPI and few extra days off got the better of me. :)

I’ll keep it simple and leave you with some St. Patty’s day inspiration and this:

May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold.

1) Optimism  2) Sunshine  3) Willow Tree  4) Secret Garden  5) Rainy Day Woman  6) Havana  7) Scotch Pine  8) Pumpkin Spice  9) Copenhagen  10) Krumble

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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Put that in your DATEBOOK!

Howdy folks,

Super quick Fashion blog this week because it’s off to Vegas in just a matter of hours to kick off WPPI, the parties and the great scavenger hunt. Are you ready?

We are going to continue this week with the last of our newly released Fragments swatches, Datebook. If you haven’t updated your Finao leather collections you better get on it.

I suspect most people are just going to use Datebook straight up. Why not, it’s gorgeous! I want to pose another theory, however. Why not try it as an accent. With the right color I think it could definitely be interesting. Let’s take a look…

Whether you are going for a more tone-on-tone look or a more contrasty look, Datebook can definitely make an interesting accent point. Obviously, due to its patterned nature, the smoother leathers are going to provide the best companionmaterials here.

As I mentioned earlier, we have already seen Datebook being used alone and with some of the specialty covers like ICE but don’t be afraid to try it out as an accent. I think the combinations can be visually interesting and fun.

That’s a wrap for this week folks…gotta jet, literally.

Happy WPPI everyone and see you in Vegas…or next week.


L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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STATUESQUE | more ideas with Fragments

They finally made it this week!

Yup, the Paraphernalia and Fragments swatch cards hit the system finally after what seemed like FOREVER! In honor of the occassion I thought we’d do up a quick palette with one of the materials we didn’t include in our sneak peek many moons ago.

If you are looking for ideas for uses with Krumble, Ludicrous, Secret Garden, Instant Karma, Into the Sea, Mardi Gras or Star Shine, check out earlier Fashion Blog entries. We played with those a few months back.

Today, however, let’s get STATUESQUE!


I’m going to warn you that some of these combos are really hard to pull off onscreen to get the full effect, especially where some of the metallics come in (statuesque iteself, cu29 and biker chic). Get out your swatch kits and play with these combos yourself and you will see what Imean.

I hold to this day that despite it’s large floral pattern, statuesque can make a pretty cool accent stripe on an album. By cutting off major portions of the pattern it leads to an interesting visual to me.

If you don’t like the abstractness, by all means do a full cover or lay an accent stripe on top of it. I do recommend going with simpler leathers as compliments due to the heavy patterned nature of statuesque.

I suspect most folks will use statuesque by itself, because it is gorgeous alone, but I just wanted to throw out that that it can be mixed if you select the right colors/cover options. Don’t be afraid to try different combos out.  You never know what is going to work until you start laying swatches together. Sometimes the ideas can surprise you.

Happy Friday all.

L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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BE A SCAVENGER HERO! | a Finao ONE color palette

or erhaps this should be subtitled…What would Indiana Jones do…on your album?

Oh my gosh I can’t believe I missed a week but we have been super busy trying to get everything in order for our big upcoming Scavenger Hunt at WPPI. So, with that in mind, I tried to think of a suitable scavenger hunty theme for this week’s Fashion Blog to go with all the hub bub. Who better than action hero extraordinaire…Indiana Jones. (We named the dog, Indiana.)

Now…you throw me the whip, I’ll throw you the palette. Get out those swatch tins out people, because here it comes.

The Indie Palette: 1) Opaline 2) Drifter 3) Copenhagen 4) Havana 5) Passion 6) Krumble 7) Bomber Jacket 8) CU29 9) Bohemia 10) BikerChic

Of course, the hot choices for our Indie theme are going to be from the All That Jazz Collection. All those hand tooled, unique, antiqued and aged-looking leathers would be perfect for Mr. Jones, right? Throw in a couple of nice textures like Bohemia, Copenhagen and Krumble and you are ready for almost anything. Sometimes manly. Sometimes rough but we know a big softy underneath it all, right?

Some of my suggestions to try out for combos would be Krumble & Opaline, Biker Chic & CU29, Bomber Jacket & Drifter, Bohemia & Havana or Passion & Krumble. I’ve said it before but contrasts make albums (in colors or textures) and tend to be a favorite.

So there you have it, my contest inspired Fashion Blog this week. If you haven’t checked out the contest yet, you should. We have $62,000 worth of prizes that are being given away to the best 4 person team.  CLICK HERE for details.

See you all next week,

L :l

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman is Finao's official Image Enhancer for the Marketing Department. She makes stuff pretty...usually.

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