Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Soles of Silk Update - January 21, 2015

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Jamie's warm, sweaty feet come out of a pair of black and teal Nikes - do you want to sniff them as bad as I did? (74 images)

Video - Kaycee's feet are super dirty and dusty and you get to watch her clean them up (197 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - 1 new avatar of Felicia has been added to the Grunge Avatars area of the Downloads section

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2014 Edition is underway. You have until Sunday, January 25, 2015 to get your entries submitted. Good luck!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Soles of Silk - Shoots to Look Forward to in 2015

In case you hadn't noticed, I haven't done anything other than update blogs since 2015 began a little over two weeks ago. In all honesty, I was burned out with all the Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary blog entries at the end of 2014. Then add in doing the Wu's Feet Links Interviews and Columns blogs and I've been writing a ton lately. I needed to step back and recharge a little bit. 

Now it's time, however, to get back into the swing of things and what better way to do that than to look at some of the ideas I have floating around for 2015?

Jamie didn't even let rain stop her from posing in 2014. She did a ton of sets last year.

An Influx of Jamie

One thing I can say without question that will happen in 2015 is lots and lots of galleries of my soft footed friend, Jamie. During the spring and summer of 2014 Jamie posed for 12 different sets. Only two of those sets were published last year. Her other two galleries were sets taken in 2013. This was the cycle Jamie and I got used to as she'd shoot sets in bunches while on break from school. Add that to our weekend getaway last summer where she flashed her feet all over Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., and I now Jamie has lots of pictures of her feet coming your way!

Even with all the sets I have on the back burner featuring Jamie, I'm certain those feet will find their way in front of my camera (and into my hands) some more in 2015. Pretty soon she's going to one of the most photographed models on the site if she keeps going on like this.

I got to see a lot of Emerald's soles in 2014. I want to see them even more in 2015.

Emerald Every Day? I Wish...

From the moment I began shooting Emerald in 2012 I had lots of fun and was glad to finally have her as a part of Soles of Silk. That being said, however, 2014 was a year where Emerald did some really amazing sets! The best part though is not all of them have made it to the site yet. During the coming months you'll be seeing those adorable feet bare, in sandals, and even in some sexy fishnet stockings.

In addition to Emerald's existing sets I can promise she'll be posing even more in the months to come. The last time we talked she told me to let her know whenever I needed her to pose again. Well, if it wasn't for this cold weather this time of year, I'm sure I would have taken her up on that offer already... a few times!

I've been after Olivia to shoot more frequently. Hopefully in 2015 this happens.

Oh How I Love Olivia

Olivia posed for one of my most memorable sets last year when she was featured in the first new feature model gallery on Wu's Feet Links done after Wu, himself, passed away (see set: "Back to Business"). At that time I was already looking to feature Olivia on a much more regular basis on Soles of Silk, but our schedules didn't match up as we had hoped.

I've told Olivia how much I love hanging out with her and shooting, even when she's giving me a hard time (which can be often sometimes). She said she's hoping to have more time this spring and summer and we've already began discussing some plans. At this point in time I do have a single unpublished set of Olivia waiting to be posted to the site. I'm sure it will be added in the coming months. Once that set is published, it'll push me even more to make some plans with this fun loving friend.

I'm not going to let Mindee's moving away stop me from her posing for a ton of sets.

More Mindee? Maybe...

Okay, who am I kidding? More Mindee is always something that has been on the horizon at Soles of Silk. She just broke the 2,500 photo mark this month and has two unpublished sets waiting in the wings. But that's where things get a little different than in years past.

Normally whenever I run out of photos with Mindee I tell her we have to plan some time for shoots and then we do just that. We shoot a couple of sets and then repeat the whole ordeal again and again. Well, that was before Mindee moved about 10 or so driving hours away. Yeah, she's no longer local, but that isn't going to stop me from getting those lovely size 8's in front of my camera.

Mindee has invited me to come down to her place and stay for a few days. I told her if/when I do, I will be bringing my camera and I better not go home with any camera card space left on my three SD cards. She said I won't and I might want to get another one.

It also looks like Mindee has plans to come back this way in the spring, so I might be able to squeeze a couple of sets in at that point too. Honestly, however, I'm quite looking forward to shooting in all new locations down where she now lives. I'll keep everyone posted as I'm sure that blog will be a big one with all the shoots we're planning.

Looks like I'm going to have to squeeze in a lot of sets with Amelia here soon.

Speaking of Moving Models...

Just today I received a text message from Amelia, someone I've always enjoyed shooting. She apologized for not having much time last year to shoot and I assured her it was okay. I told her I hope we can make up for it this year and that's when I got the bad news. She's moving out of state, just like Mindee, but much further away.

Luckily for me that move isn't happening until the end of April so we're going to try to plan for some sets before then. A bunch of sets might be in order so that she has some content for some time to come. She did assure me that she will return home for visits, but I'd still like to have as many sets as I can to hold me over until then. And of course, do more when she does come back to visit.

These two friends, Reagan (left) and Kaycee, can't wait to pose together in 2015.

Friendly Feet

Shooting friends together is usually a guarantee that a fun set will be the result. From the first day I shot Kaycee last year she talked about doing a set with her good friend, Reagan. When I finally met up with Reagan later in 2014 she also expressed a desire to shoot with Kaycee. We just never made it happen... yet!

I'm certain in 2015 you'll be seeing both of these girls on the site in numerous solo sets. I'm also pretty sure all three of us will be finding the time to do some of them together. Guess I'll have to start coming up with some ideas for these two as I'm sure they're going to start asking me about it once they've read this blog.

2014 ended with the twins, Felicia (left) and Bridgette. Expect more of them in 2015 for sure.

Twin Temptations

From the first shoot I squeezed in with Felicia in October of 2014 to the impromptu sets I did with both her and her debuting twin sister, Bridgette in December, I have loved every minute of shooting these two girls.

Felicia is always talking to me about doing new shoots and ideas for ones she wants to do. As for Bridgette, I talk a little less with her, but she admitted to having fun shooting the holiday sets as well as a still unpublished set that will arriving in the months to come. I see no reason to believe that you won't see Felicia and Bridgette both solo and hopefully together again during the course of 2015.

I have to make plans with Kayleigh again soon - and maybe her sister and cousin too.

Speaking of Sisters... And Throw in a Cousin

It seems like only yesterday I had an 18 year old Kayleigh posing her feet on the day she turned legal. She's done a lot of photos since then, even though we weren't able to get together as much as I had hoped for in 2014. In 2015, however, I hope to change that.

And with a sub-title including "Speaking of Sisters...," I have a tidbit of information to share with you. Just a few days ago Kayleigh's younger sister came into work and said, "Tomorrow I turn 18 if you want to do feet pics."

Well, that was a few days ago so she's 18 now. While I'm sure she would have done just like her sister and posed on her 18th birthday, I'm in the process of trying to post a lot of the unpublished content I'm sitting on. Once spring arrives I will be ready to get back into the swing of things with getting in new sets. I'll be sure to keep in touch with Kayleigh's sister to see if she's still interested.

Then there is the "And Throw in a Cousin" part of that sub-title. Well, that comes from a conversation I had a couple of months ago with Kayleigh's cousin who expressed an interest to pose. The door was open for several years, but it looks like she's finally interested in making it happen. I told her once things warm up, we will make it happen.

As for Kayleigh, I'm going to be hitting her up too for new photos. After her debut she was one of my most frequently updated models. Although things have slowed down in that regard, I'd sure welcome having her back to that pace, or close to it.

And maybe, just maybe I can work on getting any combination of these three related girls together in a set. There has only ever been one three model on the set thus far (although there has been two sets with four models). Another three model set would be welcome!

Hopefully Aspen finds her way back in front of my camera again just like she used to.

Aspen Again? Not Sure Yet...

As many of you might have noticed, there hasn't been as many Aspen updates as in the past. The sets you've seen were ones we shot over the course of 2013 that I slowly added to the site. Normally I would have added her on a regular basis because she was shooting a ton for me - hence still having all the unpublished sets from 2013. In the beginning of 2014, however, we kind of lost touch and weren't communicating as we always had. 

Well, I reached out to Aspen the other day to go have a sit down lunch, touch base, and hopefully put our friendship where it always should have been. We still have set a date to make that happen, but we will. 

I am not sure if that means Aspen is coming back to pose for the site, but I hope that is something she never lost interest in. I'll be sure to keep everyone informed. If Aspen doesn't wish to pose anymore, however, I still have a single set left of hers to post. Keeping my fingers crossed that she'll want to do more, but right now I just want a friend back that should have never been gone to begin with.

Kelsey is one of two models looking to make up for lost time after being pregnant.

Oh Babies!

So a few of my models in 2014 and here in 2015 found themselves pregnant and unable to pose - primarily Kelsey and Cierra.

Kelsey just recently had her baby and will be returning to the camera once the weather warms up. It's been a while since I've had my super soft footed friend pose those chubby little toes of hers for me. She's overdue for sure! She's already asking me which hot months will I be planning her shoots since we always seem to find days that are about 95 degrees or higher for her sets.

When it comes to Cierra, she was someone I reached out to at the end of 2014 to shoot. Before the plans with the twins, Felicia and Bridgette, came to be, one of the ideas I had floating around was to shoot with Cierra and for the site's 2014 Christmas set. Well, when I pitched the idea to her I learned that she's with child. It looks like her return will have to wait just a little bit longer. I really do want her back in front of the camera though. Cierra has been super swamped with life recently and I always told her that whenever she is ready, I will make the time to shoot her. She was always one of my most dependable models and I really do miss having her shoot regularly.

I can always count on Charlee for some awesome sets and will in 2015, for sure.

Plans Surely Pending

It's still early in 2015 here, so I honestly haven't talked with all of my models about plans for this year. That being said, there are a handful of models you can count on to make appearances whether or not plans have been made.

Charlee is always someone I can count on for some great photos and often at a moment's notice. I still have two sets of hers that I'm sitting on that will be making their way onto the site in the months to come. That means more shoot time with Charlee is going to be in order. And from what I remember, I'm pretty sure Charlee told me I owe her lots of foot rub time.

Abby is another model who I can easily talk to about future shoots. We just didn't do as many as we probably should have last year. In 2015, however, I hope to change that and get her wrinkled soles on the site a little more regularly than in the past.

Layla is someone whose sets I have published to the site much more slowly than I once did. Her most recent ones were ones I had done some time ago and held onto because we lost touch. Around New Year's, however, I was able to touch base with her again and she wants to get back to shooting regularly. I can't wait and hope to make lots of plans with her in 2015.

Wendy is another model whose sets I started adding to the site a little less frequently last year. While I had a handful of sets of hers to post, our lack of communication kept me guessing as to when we'd be able to shoot again. I didn't want to post all of her stuff and have nothing left. Just like Layla, however, I recently talked with her and she apologized for being overly busy. I told her there were no worries, but I want to make major use of 2015 when it comes to shooting her. She said she's certainly up for it which makes for one happy photographer.

Colleen and I have talked recently about doing some more photos. She told me she was ready to do some in December, but I told her that I had a ton of unpublished content left to use - including a set of hers. She told me to tell her when I want her as she's looking forward to it. Much like all these models above, she's someone I love shooting and can't wait to make plans with.

With so many other models on the site who knows what other plans might be made that I haven't already mentioned here. Sometimes plans are made on a whim and have some amazing results. Be sure to keep an eye out on this blog for all the shoot blogs that will be added once this weather warms up.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Soles of Silk Update - January 14, 2015

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Wendy poses her feet in some worn sandals during a day where it was drizzling, which made her feet just a little dirty once she bared them for the camera (63 images)

Video - Amelia's feet are ever so frisky on a nice warm day out on a lake as she grabs at a wind sock blowing about (129 MB - 1080p HD)

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2014 Edition is underway. You have until Sunday, January 25, 2015 to get your entries submitted. Good luck!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Soles of Silk Update - January 7, 2015

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Mindee's feet are once again encased in nude stockings, this time, in a public downtown location where many people were sitting around and checking us out as we shot (71 images)

Video - Jamie's warm feet come out of her tennis shoes for a breath of fresh air, and oh yeah, she wasn't wearing any socks (165 MB - 1080p HD)

Contribution - New contributor Red-X shows off her little feet downtown after getting them dirty (25 images)

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2014 Edition is underway. You have until Sunday, January 25, 2015 to get your entries submitted. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - December 31, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Felicia & Bridgette, the site's newest twin duo, say good bye to 2014 on Soles of Silk and bring in 2015 like only barefoot twin sisters can (59 images)

Video - Felicia & Bridgette wish everyone a happy new year as they show off their soles and wiggle their toes while having a good time (130 MB - 1080p HD)

Interview - 1 new 10 for 10 interview with Mindee has been added to the Interviews section of the site

Interview - 1 new 10 for 10 interview with Jessie has been added to the Interviews section of the site

Interview - 1 new 10 for 10 interview with Felicia has been added to the Interviews section of the site

Interview - 1 new 10 for 10 interview with Bridgette has been added to the Interviews section of the site

Downloads (Hur) - 1 new poster of Aspen has been added to the Hur Gallery area of the Downloads section

Downloads (Avatars) - 1 new avatar of Bridgette has been added to the Celebrating 10 Years Avatars area of the Downloads section

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2014 Edition is underway. You have until Sunday, January 25, 2015 to get your entries submitted. Good luck!

Soles of Silk's Annual Trivia Contest - 2014 Edition

Deadline: Sunday, January 25, 2015

It was a good year in 2014 on Soles of Silk and in customary fashion, I wanted to give people the chance to win some free membership time with the annual trivia contest. And this time there is a little 10th anniversary bonus (see below).

I wish everyone the best of luck and hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday. May yours be filled with soft soles and wiggling toes!

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 whopping 25 total points - 1/4 of the total possible score of 100 points.

- NEW: Since this year also marks the site's 10 year anniversary, I have added 10 optional bonus questions at the end of contest - 1 for each year the site has existed. If anyone is able to answer all 10 of these questions correctly, I will double any prize you may win. And if you answer all 10 of them correctly, but don't score high enough to earn the prizes below, I will give you a 1 month membership prize.

- 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 Sunday, January 25, 2015. Any winners will be notified after this date.

- All entries must be submitted in English.


(5) 2-month memberships - Awarded to the five (5) highest scoring entries overall.

(5) 1-month memberships - Awarded to the five (5) highest scoring runners up.

Trivia Questions

1-Point Questions (5 Total Possible Points)

1. Which model was featured in the 2014 Wu's Feet Links feature set which relaunched the Wu's Feet Links Feature Models section of the site after Wu passed away?

2. Which model was done up as a zombie schoolgirl in the 2014 Halloween set and which model helped create her costume and do her make up?

3. Which model is currently featured on the Soles of Silk Twitter page in it's avatar, header, and background?

4. Of the following people who were interviewed on the Wu's Feet Links Interview Blog in 2014, who is the only one so far who modeled for Soles of Silk?

5. Which of the following contests were NOT a contest conducted in 2014: 
The Where's Wendy Contest, The Whose Shoes Contest, or The Bananas For Emerald Contest?

2-Point Questions (10 Total Possible Points)

6. Which model was a little naughty in an interview conducted on the site in 2014 telling her fans, "I'm truly humble with the feedback and comments. Keep them coming and keep cumming!"?

7. Name both models who appeared in video clips in 2014 holding an umbrella in the rain as they showed off their wet, dirty soles.

8. Name the 2 models who did a set in 2014 themed to the following professional Baltimore sports franchises. 
Ravens:________ Orioles:________

9. Which model did I do a mini-vacation with in the summer of 2014, doing a bunch of sets in the towns of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia?

10. Name the two models who joined the 1K Club (1,000 photo mark) in 2014.

3-Point Questions (15 Total Possible Points)

11. All of the following models have done photo sets on, or right next to train tracks. Of these models, which 3 had their set published in 2014? 
Ryan, Cierra, Amelia, Carmen, Emerald, Mileena, Aspen, Carlin, Kaycee, Kimmie, Abby, Mindee, Charlee, Wendy

12. Of the models listed, select the 3 who had a set themed to a holiday during 2014: Jamie, Abby, Lela Beryl, Olivia, Kaycee, Kelsey, Bobbie

13. Name the 3 models featured in Hur Gallery of the Downloads section.

14. Which 3 models were you able to design wallpapers of in the 2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Contest?

15. Which 3 of the following were used as topics of my Fantasy Shoot blog series? 
Video Game Girls, WWE Divas, Trek Gals, Female Singers, Comic Heroines, Disney Princesses, 80s TV Stars

4-Point Questions (20 Total Possible Points)

16. Which model appears in the clip titled, "The 3 P's: Purple, Pink, & Pretty?"

17. Fill in the Blank: (said in an interview conducted in 2014) 
"So during my first set, the Star Wars Vans set, hope you don't mind the spoiler, you gave me a foot rub. Holy potato skins! Heaven! You sure did live up to your reputation and I'm _____ percent okay with future foot rubs from you. We almost lost track of time!"

18. What female television personality did both Bondo, from Pose Your Toes, and myself name as one of our early inspiration as far as foot fetish material was concerned in the 1990's in a column featured on the Wu's Feet Links Columns blog?

19. Which 4 models had the most sets selected in the "Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary - My Favorite Sets" blog series? (Do not count honorable mentions)

20. Place 2014's new models in the order in which they debuted: 
Kaycee, Bridgette, Megan Jones, Felicia, Lela Beryl, Bobbie, Reagan

5-Point Questions (25 Total Possible Points)

21. If you add up the shoe sizes to all the models on the site who have a twin, what would that number be?

22. Which one of the following words was NOT used to describe what posing for Soles of Silk has been like for a model in the 10 for 10 Interview series:
Liberating, Exciting, Fun, Awesome, Joyful, Engaging, Memorable, Delightful, Entertaining, Teasing, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Exhilarating, Intriguing, Interesting

23. Which model served as the inspiration for the blog titled, "Noticing Nude Hose," in 2014?

24. Which model posed for a set with a long board that has not yet been published to the site, but was shown in a sample in one of the many shoot blogs during the summer?

25. These two models were featured in the clip, "Petal Peeling Piggies."

25-Point Bonus Question (25 Total Possible Points)

* How many DIFFERENT models had sets selected as my favorites in the "Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary - My Favorite Sets" blog series? (Do not count honorable mentions)

10 Year Anniversary Prize Doubler Questions (see rules above)

2004. List the 8 models who were featured on the site when it debuted on December 29, 2004.

2005. Of the 8 models listed above, these two models were featured in a set together on the site's very first update in 2005. Who are they?

2006. These two former models from my old site, The 10 Little Piggies, made their Soles of Silk debuts in 2006.

2007. These two Soles of Silk models appeared in the first Wu's Feet Links feature set to ever feature more than one model in 2007. Who are they?

2008. This word was written across Carmen's shirt in her dirty feet and blue jeans set done downtown in 2008. What was that word?

2009. This model posed for her first sets on the day she turned 18 in 2009. Who is she?

2010. This model wore a shirt with a Batman logo on it while doing a comic book themed set in 2010. Who is she?

2011. This model did her first ever food smashing set on the site in 2011 that featured banana cream pie pudding, vanilla wafers, and milk. Who is she?

2012. This model posed for a Baltimore Ravens themed set in 2012, the season that saw the Ravens win the AFC North and go on to win the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49'ers on February 3, 2013. Who is she?

2013. This model originally debuted in 2005, but didn't appear on the site again until she returned in 2013. Who is she?

2014. When Mindee moved past Cierra as the site's most photographed model on Soles of Silk in 2014, how many photos did each girl have once Mindee's set was published that put her over the top?  
Cierra:_____ Mindee:_____

Monday, December 29, 2014

Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary - A Thank You to My Models

Back on December 29, 2004 Soles of Silk debuted online with only eight models. Now here it is 10 years later to the day and 85 total models have showed off their feet in front of my camera - the site has grown by leaps and bounds during that time. And to thank for that success, I have all of the models who showed off their soft soles and tried their hardest to spread their toes as wide as they could go!

The best part of doing Soles of Silk these last 10 years has been getting those of you I call friend to pose. While many sites out there rely on professional models, I've always loved including my friends in this hobby... this passion of mine. I have been doing it long before Soles of Silk was even an idea - back when Abby was showing off those trademark wrinkled Puerto Rican soles of hers every chance she got. Since then friends like Mindee, who swore to me over and over that her feet were ugly back in 2004, have done so much for me since the site launched. Even recent friends have been ever so generous - ones like Felicia, who helped with Kaycee's 2014 Halloween set before posing herself and then getting her twin sister, Bridgette, on board. Those stories, and so many more, have made having my personal friends a part of this, so rewarding to me.

Soles of Silk has also allowed me to meet new people who I now consider friends as well. Models such as Layla, who back in 2005 contacted me about posing for the site, and now has done more photos than all but two of the other models on the site - those being Mindee and Cierra.

I could go on and on about each and every one of you models here, but I have already done so in other entries that were part of this Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary series. I'm going to link all of them below and I hope you take a look through all the entries covering the years you have been a part of the site. I mention each and every one of you who posed and many of you have even appeared in some of my favorite sets from each year. Picking those was hard and I'm sure if I did my selections all over again, it wouldn't even come out the same. You've all just done so much good material for me and I hope you all realize that!

I hope to see all of you back in 2015 and beyond. It's been a while since some of you have posed and your fans, of course, your photographer, miss those little piggies!