• Model of the Month: reoccurring theme?

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    PinkPolkaDot [sign in to see picture]
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    I knew it! I knew that image would win! Congrats Scorpius, gorgeous as always xx

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    Purring-Pussy [sign in to see picture]
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    Congrats on the win Scorpius x

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    Scorpius12 [sign in to see picture]
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    Thanks guys, you’re all so lovely :D xxx

    S&S – thanks for your lovely comments, but I have to say that we do take most of my photos on Mr Scorpius’s mobile (as it’s got a good camera), making sure it is set at the highest resolution – lol. You are definitely right about the lighting – that can make a big difference xx

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    KinkyFuckery [sign in to see picture]
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    Beautiful and sexy as ever Scorp x

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    Lovehoney - Alice [sign in to see picture]
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    And tidying up the background goes such a long way!
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    MrsMcX [sign in to see picture]
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    I'm excited for review of the month now! Hahah!!

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    Lovehoney - Nicole [sign in to see picture]
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    S&S wrote:

    Honestly, there is a pretty clear difference between the quality of the photo that won this month, and others that were submitted - and this has definitely been the case for the last while. Scorpius is taking some high-quality photos, which are posed well, and use lighting and the effects a good camera offers to great effect. The majority of the other photos submitted look like they are taken with a phone camera, by comparison.

    If someone is willing to put in the effort to take some high-quality, properly posed photos, then by all means let that person win. I don't disagree with any of the decisions made in the past few months. To anyone who's unhappy with the situation - go and plan out a good photo shoot, Use a decent camera, think of poses and lighting, and have some fun. We decided to give it a go last year, and even with a somewhat half-assed job, we got a runner-up prize.

    There's a not a huge amount of really high-quality photos being submitted each month (and I don't mean any disrespect to people by this) - the pool is small enough that you can definitely make an impact with a well thought-through shoot.

    Some very good tips here! Just wanted to add that although good quality and lighting certainly helps, you don't need to go out and buy professional lights and a fancy camera. In fact, we have had some great shots that use natural light brilliantly, so just standing in front of a window can make a huge difference.

    Congrats to Scorpius, that image really took my breath away!

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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    Fluffbags wrote:

    I would go as far as to say Lovehoney DO choose fairly, and try to give everyone a good chance. Let me explain this one:

    Yes, you are right that 2 or 3 of the same people have been in the runners up list 2 or 3 times. However, to be in with a chance of winning, all Lovehoney ask is that you post a picture and link to the item your wearing. Looking back over the last 3 or 4 months, these 3 or 4 people who have won runner up a few times, have been the main people entering the competition.

    You must admit it would be hard for Lovehoney to choose different people if different people don't enter. On the months that different people have entered, these people have won it, (Take last month for example) and two out of the three people you mention have not won it at all, only taking runner up prize of a few Oh! points. Personally, the way I notice it, is that Lovehoney usually only have a small amount of entrants to pick from, (Seriously, check back the last few months and see how many different people have pictures up linked to LH items, each month it seems to be about 6 ish each month. I didn't count but thats about what I saw.) they have always picked the main prize fairly, giving everyone a chance, even complete newbies or people who are not on the forum (January and March winners were not forum members. Nor did they have any reviews up.) while still trying to choose pics that really show off their stock. Its a difficult task.

    Looking back through the entries I do not see how Lovehoney have played favourites in any way and although I can clearly see that a few girls (including me) have won runner up a few times, putting myself aside, when I see the work those ladies put in to producing and uploading numerous pictures in numerous different outfits, I do not begrudge them winning a runner up prize worth roughly £6/£7 at all. I just think they probably spent 1000x that amount on their gorgeous outfits and good luck to them for getting a little tip of the hat from Lovehoney to say thanks for putting in so much effort every month and shopping with us. I think they deserve a medal to be honest, I know how much work it is to do half of what they do.

    But even still, I do not think what I said above is the reason why those girls got chosen a few times, I seriously think its a lack of entrants. or lack of good entrants (Sorry, but think about it, if you were trying to show off your stock on your blog would you want to choose a clear picture, showing off a nice basque or sexy outfit that you sell, or a dark grainy picture showing off a pair of £4 stockings that you can barely see, that are a dime a dozen?)

    The final point is that there is nothing in the rules to say the same person can not win runner up/the main prize numerous times. The way I see it, LH are not running a charity but rather, they are literally choosing what they deem to be the best pictures of that month to advertise on their blog, if that happens to be the same person as the month before, then that just means they are producing clear and gorgeous pictures and deserved to be there. However, looking at the fact that over the last 4 months you are raising questions about, Lovehoney chose 2 complete new girls and then last month a forum member who was not one of the 3 girls you mention being favoured. So technically I think LH are doing all they can to choose a wide range of people. 3 out of those 4 months, the winners were not these favoured girls. Its about taste as well. What one person thinks is a great picture, another may have chosen something else.

    I enter almost any month I have a LH item to show off and have not won the prize. I enter because I get a kick out of thinking "ooooh maybe I will win" I never do lol but that doesn't stop me trying.I think every person is in with a chance. The more who enter, the more to choose from. Ive wrote like, 30ish reviews and never got runner up in that, let alone won that either but that doesn't stop me writing them like a demon possessed lol

    Maybe you think i am kissing arse here because I won runner up and that makes me one of the "chosen ones" but I have never been a good arse kisser and I don't expect to start now lol. I almost fell off my chair when I got runner up, never expecting it at all. I can count the times I have spoken to a LH staff member on one hand, each occasion when I needed help and it was professional answers I got back. Simply put, I do not feel that if I suck up, they will owe me one, nor do I feel like they have more to give me if I became pals with the staff, other than what I already get, which is a nice forum to chat on, with friends I have made on here, a shop to buy cool sex toys from and some cool competitions to enter when I have time or energy. Considering I have wrote like, 30 ish reviews, entered the photo comp every month for 4/5 months, and enter their giveaway on their blog every month for the last year and have only ever won 4000 Oh! points, I think its fair to say, I KNOW im not expecting anything and I do it all for my own kicks. lol

    Anyway, like I said thats my opinion and yours is just as valid. I cant see how this thread will cause any rows, its a genuine concern you have and if you feel this way, I hope you get some answers. Like Avrielle said, maybe contact LH directly and tell them how you feel. I hope one day you also win for your efforts you have put in because you deserve it too and you look great in your pics. (Hugs)

    PS: Ork: Your pics are amazeballs this month! Love love love xx Good luck to all x

    Hey everyone,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    I was going to write a huge post, but basically Fluffbags has 'hit the nail on the head' with her post.

    The only bits I'll add are:

    You've probably noticed that I'm the one who writes the Review of the Month and the Model of the Month Blogs every month. It's also me who chooses the winners (with occasional input from the rest of the team if it's a toss up between two great photos / reviews and I'm struggling to pick one!).

    Here is the process I go through when choosing the winner and runners up for Model of the Month.

    - Firstly I go through all of the published, uploaded images for the previous month. (this doesn't include avatar images or images which break the rules. Only the additional images you upload to your profile are counted in the competition).

    - Next, I remove all of the photos which do not include a linked Lovehoney product.

    - Next I remove all of the ones which are too small / close up / blurry / badly lit or have a distracting background or poor photography

    - This usually leaves me with anywhere between 6 - 20 good images which have been uploaded by between 4 - 10 people.

    - From these images I *try* to choose a unique winner every month

    I'm always fair when selecting prize winners. I never choose based on personal preferences.

    I choose winners based on the following criteria:

    - Clarity (of the photo itself, as well as the Lovehoney product in shot)

    - Creativity

    And that's it!

    I do keep a spreadsheet of previous winners and runners up which I cross-reference when I select the winners. Where possible, I try to pick a unique winner every month to give everyone a chance. This also stops one person from winning a £100 voucher every month and never spending any real money with us. (We are a shop, after all!)

    Although I do bare in mind previous winners and runners up each month, I don't let this get in the way of a genuinely deserving winner from claiming a prize.

    The way I see it, If you send in a genuinely brilliant photo worthy of a £100 voucher or 2000 Oh! Points, then it would actually be unfair of me to deny you the prize simply because you won once before. I also don't want people to think they can only win once, and then stop taking part once they've won. The competition would become very dire, very quickly!

    I would rather choose a repeat winner who has genuinely sent in the best photo for that month, instead of pick someone who's photo wasn't as good, simply because 'they haven't won before'. To me, this is unfair on the people to spend the time to send us outstanding photos.

    On a personal level, it's also important to me that, once the blog is published, if any of you want to query that month's winners, I can reply to you with my reasons for that winner being picked. In those cases, I want to be able to reply explaining exactly why I picked the winner and runners up, not just 'because they'd never won before'.

    The best way to get your photo picked is to:

    - Follow all of our photo guidelines to the letter

    - Spend time taking your photos

    - Use a nice clutter-free background

    - Clearly show the product

    - Upload several photos from different angles

    - Get creative - with angles, filters, lighting, poses - this all sets the mood of your photo (just make sure the product and you are still clear!)

    I hope that clears up any issues, but please do highlight any other questions you have and I'll be happy to reply :)

    Cheers!
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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    Totally just realised this is a WAY old thread *rolls eyes*

    But the info is still relevant so I'll leave it! :P

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    KinkyFuckery [sign in to see picture]
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    Thats a fab insight of what you do Jess x

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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    Thanks KF! It's nice to know someone read it after all that writing :P
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    PurringTiger [sign in to see picture]
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    Also read it and very happy to know the process you go through to choose the winners. Actually made me think about entering it too now I know what you look for :)

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    I read it too so it cant possibly be a waste of time if its helpful and its been read. Another, another!! :-)

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    PurringTiger wrote:

    Also read it and very happy to know the process you go through to choose the winners. Actually made me think about entering it too now I know what you look for :)

    Me too :)

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    PurringTiger wrote:

    Also read it and very happy to know the process you go through to choose the winners. Actually made me think about entering it too now I know what you look for :)

    Brilliant, please do! It's always nice when someone 'new' joins in :D

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    I entered after reading the post Jess made XD Only to now realize the photos look blurry on here (they look fine on Fetlife, which is confusing) >.<

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    Could a selfie win? Is wearing lingerie not the point of the comp?

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    Lovehoney - Jess Wilde [sign in to see picture]
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    To me, the definition of a selfie is just a photo you've taken yourself, so I'm sure loads of selfies have won!

    You don't need someone there to take the photos for you. Even the simplest cameras have a timer built in so some careful posing and camera placement can create a really stunning image.

    As long as the selfie in question is clear, creative and shows off the Lovehoney product, then it's a fair contender for the competition! :)

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    Waiting for this month's winner!

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    Lovehoney - Alice [sign in to see picture]
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    Cheap&Easy wrote:

    I read it too. ;)

    Has a "selfie" been a winner at all? Just curious x

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