Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Soles of Silk Update - January 23, 2019

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - New model Princess Nikki shows off her feet in some very big pleaser heels, while also wearing purple stockings and a shirt she just had to wear when I showed it to her (81 images)


Videos - Princess Nikki kicks off her tall pleaser heels and purple thigh high stockings as you wait in awe of her bare feet (241 MB - 1080p HD)


Interviews - 1 Wu's Feet Links Interview from 2018 with Princess Nikki has been linked to the Interviews section |Read Interview| *explicit


Downloads (Avatars) - 2 new avatars of Sara Swirls and Carmen have been added to the Celebrating 15 Years Avatar Series of the Downloads section

Cosmetic Change - Models' shoe sizes are now listed below their names on the Models page instead of bulleted numbers next to them

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Monthly Shoot Challenge - Mindee (January)

A few weeks ago Mindee and I were catching up with one another. The holidays had just wrapped up, she was fixing up her new house, and I was working a lot of overtime. We were both very busy, but agreed that we should try to catch up soon.

During that conversation I pitched an idea to Mindee that she really liked. What if we met up at least once every month to shoot some photos? Even when we shot 40 sets back in 2017, we didn't shoot every single month of the year. At this point, it feels like we've done it all, so why not try to challenge ourselves to do something a little different? She agreed.

The more we discussed this idea, the more things came into focus of what we could do. I said that we didn't have to come away with a bunch of sets every time we shoot. Obviously if we were able to plan a nice day trip in the spring, or do one of our regular vacation trips, that would call for getting in a lot of sets. Here in the winter, however, with me sitting on dozens of her sets already, a single set would be fine. Well, today we began our challenge and managed to do two sets.

Mindee with some wrestling title belts - fitting as she's my site's champion.

Today's first set was one I have been planning on doing for quite a while now. I've been a huge wrestling fan for almost my entire life - all the way back to elementary school. Mr. Perfect, Curt Hennig, is my all-time favorite wrestler. I used to sign my school papers "Mr. Perfect" until my eighth grade social studies teacher called my mom to complain. From then on out, I put "Mr. Perfect" between my first and last name instead. I was determined!

In recent years I have really taken interest in a lot of the female talent in the wrestling business. I have picked up numerous Funko Pops of some of those favorites, as well as other merchandise like trading cards. I even purchased replica title belts for the first time - both women's titles. They're beautiful!

A number of months back, I decided to pick up some shirts during an online sale. It was a deal where you bought a shirt and got a second one for $1. I found three that I liked and that's when I got the idea to grab a shirt for Mindee. She's not a wrestling fan herself, but we are always looking for new themes for her sets. Since I don't own a wrestling ring, and since Soles of Silk isn't a wrestling fetish site, my idea was to keep it more along the lines of a wrestling fan theme.

Before we began, I set up a bunch of my collectibles on the end table behind Mindee. They weren't overly visible in many of the shots, sadly - mostly in the lower angled shots where I focused on those soles. What was clearly visible, however, was those belts - especially when Mindee's soft size 8's were all over them. Yes, I let her press those soft foot bottoms all over those belts. No, I'm not insane. I'm protective of those belts and keep them safe, but as soft as Mindee's feet are, I wasn't worried.

A few roller coaster themed collectibles were used in this second set.

The second set of the day was also themed around collectibles and came about during a text message exchange with Mindee last week. As we were talking I looked over and saw one of the many enamel pins I have collected. I own a bunch of different pins, but this one was from an amusement park and was of one of my favorite roller coasters. That inspired an idea.

Mindee has gone on many amusement park trips with me and has helped me find some of these pins in different gift shops. She loves roller coasters too and appears in four sets with actual coasters in them. It just made sense. Mindee agreed. A simple theme, but one with some meaning behind it. I like doing that whenever I can. It makes the sets a little more personal and helps create, or remind me of memories I have with my models.

This second set also includes an odd object of sorts. It is a wooden block, cut from a now defunct coaster that Mindee and I once rode together. It has since been revamped into a brand new coaster that is actually my current favorite of the over 300 I have rode. The block features a metal plaque on it and can be seen under Mindee's feet in the above picture. Mindee really liked block, so we decided to include it too.

I think this was a nice, casual way to begin this monthly shoot challenge with Mindee. We kept it simple and had a nice, relaxing day that we both needed. My only complain of the day was not being able to fulfill the long foot rub I promised to her in the days leading up to the shoot. She was long overdue and I wanted to pamper my two favorite feet like they deserve. Well, I was able to give them a nice massage, but it was nowhere near as long as I had wanted it to be. We were both hungry and wanted to get through our shoots to go get something to eat. Once we finished, we hung out and watched the two NFL playoff games with her family. Oh well, there is always February... and March... and April... and May... and June... and July... and August... and September... and October... and November... and December.
   

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Soles of Silk Update - January 16, 2019

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - Charlee's warm, moist feet travel back and forth through three different pairs of sneakers as she mixes and matches some of favorite shoes (65 images)


Videos - Emerald's feet are really moist and sweaty as she pulls them from a bright red pair of sneakers while at the ball fields (174 MB - 1080p HD)


Downloads (Avatars) - 3 new avatars of Amber, Lisa Tyler, and Lauryn have been added to the Celebrating 15 Years Avatar Series of the Downloads section

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Monday's Shoot - Princess Nikki (New Model)

At the end of 2017 I was looking to do a soft reboot of the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog. For several years I had been posting monthly interviews trying to keep the spirit of Wu's Feet Links going after Wu's untimely passing. As the years went on, however, I began to encounter a lot of people saying they were interested in doing interviews, but then would never come through. Long story short, I decided to switch the interviews to an every other month format for 2018 and secured the model I shot yesterday to serve participate in the March 2018 Interview (explicit content). That model is Princess Nikki.

Ever since I reached out to Nikki to take part in her interview, I felt like we hit it off quite well. She was always a sweetheart to me and truly seemed eager to participate in whatever I asked of her as it pertained to Wu's Feet Links. She wasted little time in getting her interview and some photos over to me to use. She was even worried that the few days it took her was keeping me waiting. I assured she wasn't. As a matter of fact, I only wished others had been as prompt as she was. I really appreciated that.

Something else we discussed at the time was the possibility of me traveling up north to see her one day. She lived close to an amusement park I travel to every few years, so I thought it might be nice to plan a trip, ride some rides, and take some of my own photos of her.

Even though I made my way up to that amusement park in August 2018, by then, Nikki had moved down south. "It figures!" I thought to myself. 

Luckily for me, I saw that Nikki was traveling to this area shortly thereafter and I tried to catch up with her. Her first pass through this region didn't pan out, but we were able to make it happen this time around - even with the snow and some fluctuating plans.

Once we managed to figure out when we'd be meeting up, I made my way to Nikki's hotel. I parked in one of the snow covered parking spots and Nikki was kind enough to come out and help me get all my equipment and props up to her room. I quickly went to work, once inside, to get all the lights up and ready. From there, we figured out what sets we wanted to shoot and where.

Nikki loves the color purple, so she was in her element in this set.

The first set of the day would be one with a purple Queen of Spades shirt that I had brought along. I found the shirt online and loved its design. I grabbed a pink one and a purple one, each in a different size. I knew I would use it sooner or later, but I wasn't sure with who. I wanted to have my bases covered, so I grabbed one of each. Nikki, loving purple (and black), wanted to wear the shirt in a set the moment I sent a screenshot of what it looked like. I also brought along purple thigh high stockings and she had the massive heels, so it was just meant to be!

I loved shooting Nikki while still in her heels and stockings in this one. I can't say I've shot heels this big all too often. Add in the unique color of stockings, not your typical nude, black, or white, and I was just loving the way this one looked. It was a good start to the day.

I found all this unicorn themed clothing right before meeting up with Nikki.

We kept to the bed for our second shoot. This one would be much more fun and use a bunch of clothing items that I had just picked up before arriving at the hotel. Arriving a little early, I checked out some nearby shops. I find that Five Below is always a great spot to find cheap props for sets, including clothing items. I went into the one down the road from her hotel and found a bunch of unicorn themed. I bought them all. Nikki loved the idea and items I picked up and they were featured in the second set of the day.

I told Nikki to keep it playful in this set. I should have counted on her lifting her feet to her nose a few times here. Naturally, I shot the photos whenever that occurred. I'm thinking a lot of you foot sniffing fans are going to be wishing those photos were scratch and sniff when this set is published.

Nikki size teasing? Is water wet?

For the third set we moved around the furniture a bit. We took the kitchen table and moved it over into the corner of the room. We had plans for the kitchen and decided that we didn't want to shoot there twice. The theme of this third set? Size teasing! Nikki flashed a bunch of gestures to the camera and even provided her own lock as a prop for the set. That lock just so happened to be blue! Go figure!

Also featured in this set was a pair of striped over the knee socks. Nikki said she doesn't normally like wearing them, but decided to give them a go. During the set she said she was actually liking how they looked in the photos I was capturing. I brought numerous pairs with me. Of course she picked the ones with blue stripes for this. Such symbolism. She knows what she's doing!

Nikki joining the roster of models who've done cereal sets.

What turned out to be our fourth and final set of the day took place on the kitchen floor. It was another cereal set. Now, many of you might be asking yourself, "Why does Patrick keep shooting cereal sets with different models?" 

Well, much like the secret anniversary remakes, you're going to have to wait to find out for a little while. I have some plans that will play out before the end of the year that will have it all make sense. Nikki sure thought the idea was awesome. You won't want to miss out on this one.

Although we spent about eight hours together on Monday, we only shot these four sets. We planned to do five, but we just kept finding distractions. We hit it off so well and ended up talking most of the day. I tried out Nikki's camera and she learned a little bit from me about some photography basics. She even learned how to pull apart my lighting kit. Mindee would be proud! That's something that she enjoys for some odd reason. Hey, I'll take it. It cuts down on my time having to put them together or take them apart. The more models of mine who know the better, right?

I have no regrets about not getting more than four sets done. I finally got to meet a friend that I had only talked with online up to that point. We were both excited to get together after all this time and I had a blast having Nikki in front of my camera. I'm sure it won't be the last time. She loved the shots I took and you won't have to wait long to see her on the site. Her debut is coming next week, with the January 23, 2019 update. The set going up? Why the Queen of Spades one of course!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Contest - Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2018 Edition


Deadline: Sunday, February 17, 2019

To celebrate another year of Soles of Silk, it's time for the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - a chance for you to win free membership time. I wish everyone the best of luck!

Contest Rules
- Copy and paste the questions below into an e-mail with your answers and send them to me at footphotographer@yahoo.com. I will ONLY accept entries via e-mail. If they're sent/posted anywhere else, they will be disregarded. And PLEASE, include a subject in your e-mail. In past years people have left it blank and they went directly to the spam folder.

- There are six levels of questions below. With each level, the questions get tougher and may require that you have had, or have membership access to the site. This is my way of saying thanks to current/past members. Each level of question is also worth more points with the final question being worth a possible 25 total points - 1/4 of the total possible score of 100 points.

- Your answers MUST either be listed under the questions on your entry, or feature the question # before each of your answers. Failure to do so will make your entry null and void.

- Both members and non-members can enter the contest. For those who win: Members will have free membership time added to the end of their subscription (non-reoccurring memberships), or will have months where they are not billed (reoccurring). Non-members will have new accounts created for the length of the prize won.

- Be sure to e-mail me from an address that I will be able to contact you from in case you earned one of the below prizes.

- Deadline for entry is at the end of the day on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Any winners will be notified in the days following this date.

- All entries must be submitted in English.

Prizes
(2) 3-month memberships - Awarded to two (2) people with the highest scores.

(3) 2-month memberships - Awarded to the three (3) people who scored the third, fourth, and fifth highest totals.

(5) 1-month memberships - Awarded to the five (5) people who scored the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth highest totals.

Perfect Score - I will add a bonus month to anyone's prize who happens to answer every question correctly and get all 25 points of the bonus question.

Trivia Questions

1-Point Questions (5 Total Possible Points)
1. In both 2016 and 2017, Jasey Rae was the first model to shoot new photos. Who was the first to do so in 2018?

2. Felicia wore a black hat in one of her sets published in 2018. What word was written across the front of that hat?

3. Mindee did a size teasing set in 2018, using a plushie of which popular emoji?

4. Soles of Silk featured its 100th model different model to appear on the site in 2018. Which model was the 100th?

5. Who was featured in the July 2018 Wu's Feet Links feature set, "Captain of the All-Tease Cheer Squad?"

2-Point Questions (10 Total Possible Points)
6. Mindee entered both the 5K Club (5,000 photos) and the 6K Club (6,000 photos) in 2018. What month did each occur?

  • 5K - __________ 2018
  • 6K - __________ 2018


7. What phrase was written across the chest of Mindee's and Alice's shirts in the keys and locks set published to close out Locktober?

8. What model debuted in the site's 2018 Christmas themed set?

9. Rilynn and Noelle had a comic book themed set published in 2018, where each model began the set wearing socks themed to a particular hero. Name those heroes.


  • Rilynn__________
  • Noelle__________


10. How many new models debuted on Soles of Silk in 2018?

3-Point Questions (15 Total Possible Points)
11. What month did the "Melani's March to 1K" event take place? How many photo sets were published? And how many total photos were published combined? (1 point awarded for each question, for a total of 3)

  • Month - ___________
  • # of Photo Sets Published - _____
  • Total Photos Published - _____


12. What month did the "May I Have More Mindee?" event take place? How many photo sets were published? And how many total photos were published combined? (1 point awarded for each question, for a total of 3)




  • Month - ____________
  • # of Photo Sets Published - _____
  • Total Photos Published - _____

13. These three letters were on the shirt and a toe ring that Mia Kay wore in her debut set on Soles of Silk.

14. What model was I shooting when I had police called on us while we shot at a track because someone thought she looked underage?

15. I shot 3 generations of models in a single set in 2018 - a grandmother, mother/daughter, and daughter/granddaughter combination. Name all three models who appeared in this set.

4-Point Questions (20 Total Possible Points)
16. In 2018 I changed the splash (disclaimer) page graphic on Soles of Silk. What two models currently occupy that graphic? What two models were found in the graphic prior to its replacement?

  • Current - __________ & ___________
  • Prior - __________ & ___________


17. These two animals appear on Leah's shirt in her 2-part series that saw her wearing frilly baby doll socks and then smashing donuts with her bare feet.

18. When the Soles of Silk Instagram page hit 40,000 followers, which two models were tied for having 13 pictures each with 1,000 likes or more?

19. What famous movie was Charlee's marshmallow set themed to?

20. Name all four models who joined the 1K Club (1,000 photos) in 2018 in the order in which they joined: (these MUST appear in proper order for credit)

  • Model 1 - ____________
  • Model 2 - ____________
  • Model 3 - ____________
  • Model 4 - ____________


5-Point Questions (25 Total Possible Points)
21. Which month during 2018 saw four (4) brand new models debut on the site in succession? Name those four (4) models in the exact order in which they debuted: (these MUST appear in proper order for credit)

  • Month - _____________
  • Model 1 - ____________
  • Model 2 - ____________
  • Model 3 - ____________
  • Model 4 - ____________


22. In Melani's lifeguard themed set, which beach was she patrolling and in what state in that beach located? 

23. In a 2018 interview on Soles of Silk, which model had the following to say when I asked her to rate my foot rub skills: 


"I'll give ya a 7. Go practice on all your other models and come back to me when you're ready to rub my feet better than you have any of theirs. My feet deserve an 11 or higher."

24. When Mindee and I went on our vacation, we shot one of our sets inside of an amusement park. How many different roller coasters can be seen in the images throughout that set?

25.
 Which model currently appears in Soles of Silk's most-liked photo on Instagram(@SolesofSilk)?

25-Point Bonus Question (25 Total Possible Points)
Bonus. Because after everyone asked, "May I Have More Mindee?" you all still need more Mindee! This year's bonus question asks 5 separate questions about the "May I Have More Mindee?" event, worth 5 points each.

B1. What two holidays saw sets themed to them during the event?

B2. Name the two other models who were featured in sets along with Mindee during the event.

B3. How many photos separated the largest set and smallest set to be published during the event?

B4. Which K Club (1,000 photo mark) did Mindee reach during the event - 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K, 5K, or 6K?

B5. When I made the choice to make every week of this event a double update (2 sets per week), I decided to let Mindee be the one to pick which of her sets would accompany the main ones. I made her a graphic showing off all the sets she could choose from. How many sets were featured in that graphic for her to pick from?

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