Monday, December 24, 2012

Shoots of Christmases Past

Talk about 4 presents I'd love to unwrap...

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

This year's Christmas update featuring Ryan and Aspen in their Red & White Fence Nets is one of the biggest sets ever posted on Soles of Silk. I had been itching to get these two girls together since Aspen's debut in August. They're good friends and I knew they'd bring down the house - and they did just that.

With everyone focused on Ryan's and Aspen's size 8 feet this update, I want to also remind all of you new members of the Shoots of Christmas Past, if you will. There have been many other great sets that I've posted for the holidays in years prior. So for all of you who need a little bit more Christmas cheer, check out the following shoots and clips that the Soles of Silk models have done over the years:

Photo Sets 
Christmas Fencenets w/ Ryan & Aspen 
Christmas Socks w/ Mindee 

Video Clips
"The Jingle Belles" w/ Ryan & Aspen 
"Cousins & Candy Canes" w/ Mindee & Marcy 
"You Hid Candy Canes Where?" w/ Mindee & Marcy 
"Spitty Candy Cane Tickle" w/ Mindee & Marcy 
"Unwrapping YOUR Presents" w/ Kayleigh 
"Two Festive Little Feet" w/ Kayleigh 
"Nutcracker Foot Fetish Style" w/ Kelsey 
"Aww... Nuts!" w/ Kelsey 
"Golden Christmas Balls" w/ Kellie 
"Cookies for Santa" w/ Kimmie & Chloe 
"On the 4th Day of Christmas" w/ Madison, Molly, Lauryn & Bethany 
"Lauryn's Christmas Ticklefest" w/ Madison, Molly,Lauryn & Bethany

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Taste for Asian

I just find Asian women, like Aliza, to be so exotic.

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

First of all, this column is NOT about Asian food. To be honest, I don't really care for it at all. What this column is about is my soft spot for females of the Asian variety. And while I have a strong attraction to Asian girls, this column is not putting any race over the other.

So what is it about Asian girls that gets me going? I don't honestly know. It's like trying to explain why you have an attraction to feet. You just do! And to make matters worse, this attraction has become stronger over the years. It's too bad I don't know any Asian my age since I'm currently single.

With as strong of an attraction as I have to Asian girls, I've never dated one. In all honesty I haven't known that many in my age range. College was probably the exception and there was actually an Asian girl who, I was told, was fond of me. At the time, however, I was in a long term relationship with Abby and I never pursued it.

When it comes to Soles of Silk, this site is lacks when it comes to Asian models. There have only been three to appear in the Models section of the site: Sue Lovely, Aliza, and Shae.

Sue Lovely debuted with the site's debut, back in 2004.

Sue Lovely

Before I opened Soles of Silk I looked online for potential models. When I came across Sue Lovely on a modeling site, I contacted about her posing for an upstart, non-adult, foot fetish site. Luckily for me, she agreed and we met up to do a handful of sets about a month later.

We shot a handful of sets that day, but that was so long ago I just know I'm capable of so much better now. For years we talked about doing new photos, but the opportunity never presented itself. When we talked recently Sue informed me she really isn't modeling these days. I told her if she's ever decided to do so again to hit me up. At this point, who knows if that will ever happen. I'd be very open to the idea of her pudgy little toes returning all these years later though.

I was so glad when Aliza turned 18 and that she wanted to model for the site.

Aliza
I worked with Aliza for about a year before she ever posed for me. At the time she wasn't 18, but she knew about my site and was friends with a bunch of girls who posed.

I practically counted the days until Aliza could get in front of the camera. She even tried talking me into doing it early (to get warmer weather), but I told her she had to wait.

Once her 18th birthday came (October) we made plans to go downtown to the Baltimore's Inner Harbor for some sets. Needless to say, it was a little chilly, but we made due.

Less than two months after her debut, Aliza asked me if I could remove her photos from the site for family reasons. Only having posted one of the three at that point, I went ahead and pulled her.

Earlier this year I was talking to Aliza about restoring her photos. I didn't expect her to and I even told her to think about it. I explained that if I restored her, I wouldn't pull them a second time. She still agreed and I immediately restored her debut gallery to the site. Many of you sent me emails, Tweets (@SolesofSilk), and hit up the Soles of Silk Forum telling me how happy you were that she was back. You didn't have to tell me anything as I was the happiest of all.

In the months since her big return, I've added Aliza's remaining two galleries from that 2010 shoot - with the Coast Guard Taney set being posted this same update, and is seen in the photo above.

During the last few months Aliza has posed for two new sets as well. This makes her the only Asian model I've had on the site who is currently posing. The photo found at the top of this column is actually from one of those newer sets where she removed her boots and socks in front of an old mill.

Shae
I knew Shae for over 10 years when she finally posed for Soles of Silk. Shae actually posed for my old site, The 10 Little Piggies all those years ago too. She was good friends with my then girlfriend, Abby. I was so happy to have her return. There are only several girls who posed on that site who are also here. Those models are: Abby, Amber, Andrea, Kim T., Krystie, Madison, Shae, and Wendy. Kimmie, Kellie, and Carmen had shot right as the site closed, but never appeared on it.

Shae made her big debut for Soles of Silk in 2011 doing the site's Fourth of July update. We only did one set that day as we were limited for time. Months later we got together for another set that was never posted. Shae, like Aliza, also asked to be removed from the site for personal reasons.

It sucked losing Shae as she was one of the few Asian girls I ever met who had large feet. She was a size 10 and had knack for elaborate nail designs - all self-painted too. Like Aliza, many of you expressed how sad you were to see her go. Needless to say, I felt the same way as you.

Future Models?
At this point there are no concrete plans to add any other Asian models to the site. Of course that doesn't mean I won't jump at the chance to do so, but one has to present itself first. There are a few possibilities having met several girls who model on Twitter. I also have a friend who speaks of a girl at the gym he works out with that does some modeling. I've actually seen her too (she works at a nearby restaurant). I told him to put in a word for me, but I'm not sure if he has. She is a real cutie.

Valerie is the newest contribution to Soles of Silk.

Contributors
With my small pool of Asian girls on the Models roster it's been nice to get the occasional Asian contributor in the Contributions section. This week Valerie of NorCal Feet joined a number of other Asian girls in the Contributions section including: Jessica (Asian Foot Worship 4 U), Lee (Shoe Kittens), Rima (Shoe Kittens), and Soraya (Asian Foot Worship 4 U).

As a matter of fact, the reason why Valerie was sent to me was because the web master of NorCal Feet knew of my longing for Asian girls. Already having planned Aliza's update this week, I thought it made perfect sense to do an all Asian update. And from the information I gathered off NorCal Feet, Valerie, like Aliza, is Filipino. That country sure does produce some attractive women, doesn't it?

In closing I'd like to thank the three Asian girls who have posed for me thus far. Although all of them have had long spurts of either not being updated, or being removed (and even added back), each knew how much I adored Asian girls and loved posing for me and all of you. Hopefully one day all three will once again pose regularly. If not, I think I will try to find a bunch more Asian girls to start posing in 2013 just in case...

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Contest is Looming


The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

As I've done for the past few years, the first update of the New Year (January 2, 2013), will feature an all new Soles of Silk Trivia Contest. For those of you who are new, or unfamiliar with the contest, I've been doing it for several years now and it gives people a chance to win free membership time in the form of seven (7) prizes. There are two (2) grand prizes of 3 month memberships and then five (5) runner up prizes of 1 month memberships. Both members and non-members are able to win the prizes.

The way the contest is scored is as follows. There are five main question groupings. The first group of questions are worth one point each. The second, two points. The third, three points. The fourth, four points. And finally, the fifth, five points. The adds up to 75 points. To make the scoring based off an even 100 points, I have a 25 point bonus question. In years past, that bonus question was an all or nothing score. This year, however, the question is a five part question and I'm awarding five points for each part of it answered correctly.

In years past, I've been surprised at the number of members to non-members entering the contest. The entries have been a majority of non-members, which is odd to me as you members have the advantage. I haven't been able to figure out ways to get more current members to enter, but to each their own. I know some people don't want to be bothered with such things.

With all that being said, I'm going to leave you members an early preview of one of the 5-Point questions below so that you may start doing some early research. The question is: Which model was featured in the first 1080p clip on the site?

Hope to see your entries come in once this contest goes live. I picked some good questions, so be ready!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Followers & Feedback: Your Voices

Wendy was one of the first people I shot where I shared set Instagram photos.

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.


When I made the Soles of Silk Twitter account (@SolesofSilk) a little less than a year ago, I didn't know what to expect. To be honest, I thought it might be a fad and turn out to be just as problematic as the short-lived Soles of Silk MySpace page. It has been neither. As a matter of fact, it has allowed me to reach people that I wasn't getting to before. And in turn, it has also allowed the masses to get in touch with me like never before.

For years when I posted an update I always put update samples on the Soles of Silk Forum as well as in the Photos Section of the Wu's Feet Links Forum. Those have always been amazing ways to communicate with people, and one I continue to utilize today.
For the last year now, however, in addition to those forum posts, I have also been adding update previews to the site's Twitter page via the Soles of Silk Twitpic profile. And to top things off, for the last few months I've also been posting past previews and random items to the Soles of Silk Instagram account (@SolesofSilk). Those items are then in turn, posted to the site's Twitter account.

While the feedback from both Twitter and Instagram is short and sweet with its limited character restrictions, seeing all your retweets, favorites and comments has been amazing. I've even taken to periodically taking shots on Instagram while out doing sets. The first time I did this was during Wendy's shoot (above). I also ended up doing two posts of Emerald's debut sets. Yes, Emerald was seen on Instagram and Twitter before she ever debuted here. That's a nice perk for those of you who follow either account and one I hope to keep up with.

Then there are new models. Having a Twitter presence has allowed me to meet new potential models. I've discussed plans with one girl who is traveling to town from Florida in December. I've also met a girl who lives less than an hour away that has been making quite a splash on some other fetish sites. Without Twitter I'm not sure if I would have ever meet these two potential newcomers.

When I first began running these new Soles of Silk centered accounts I was scared that I'd be spreading myself thin. Trying to keep up with the feedback on the forums, by email, on Twitter, and Instagram felt like a daunting task. Over time, however, I've learned that the extra work pays off. I've reached out to so many more people and have gotten so much more feedback by broadening my means of communication. It's helped me in so many ways.

The biggest plus of having these new communication tools has been seeing what everyone likes and wants to see on the site. Of course that can also be a problem with so many popular models and requested themes. It takes time to get to them all, but at least I know someone is hoping to see a certain model or theme in the near future.

Then there is the old school method, email. When I worked for a newspaper for a few years, the motto was that no reader feedback was always a good thing. It was based off the premise that people generally don't take the time to praise you, just complain or voice opposition. While that did hold true to an extent with the paper, I don't find that to be true for letters written to Soles of Silk. Just last week, for example, I had the following letter sent to me:

"Long-time 'lurker' on your website and a recent first-time customer. I just wanted to commend you on an AWESOME website. It's always been a website I've wanted to join, but just never did. And I've joined a lot of foot fetish websites from Coed Feet, Footsie Tootsies, College Feet Archive, and California Feet.
But man - the best part of your website is the girls because they aren't 'models' per se. They seem like awesome, down-to-earth women who are super friendly, super-sexy, and obviously have beautiful feet. I really commend you on everything you've done with your website. 
As you know with being a 'foot guy,' the majority of women think us men who love feet are weird, creepy, etc. You are a pioneer for turning that around."

This person would then go on to list some of his favorite models on the site, including a brand new one. I shared the email with all the models because this person mentioned things that I've tried to portray in Soles of Silk since day one. I also thought it would be nice to show the girls how much their posing means to people. It was well received by all of the models. As a matter of fact, as long as a letter is not vulgar or just insanely hard to read, I like to forward them to the girls to read.

Shortly after this email, someone started a thread in the Foot Talk section of Wu's Foot Fetish Forum titled, "Who is Your Favorite Soles of Silk Model?" While I won't name my favorites, it's always great to see who everyone else enjoys. With so many tastes out there, each girl has her own fans. And like above, I try to make sure the girls know they got kind words said about them. I took quite a few screen captures of that thread and sent them to the models who were named. It made them quite happy.

So no matter how you came across Soles of Silk, I want you to know I like getting your tweets, emails, forum posts, etc. Feel free to hit me up on any of the above accounts and let me know what you think, what you want to see, or even your suggestions.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Where I've Never Gone Before...

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

I will be the first person to admit that I am a nerd at times. Since signing up for Netflix a few months ago I've managed to watch almost every episode of every Star Trek show ever aired. Yes, I'm even counting Star Trek: The Animated Series, for those super nerds out there.

Now I've come to the conclusion that someone on the writing staff of these shows has a foot fetish. I've come across numerous scenes where one of the female crew members is getting a foot massage for whatever reason. It's been too often to be a coincidence to me. And then there has been little extra foot centered shots as well. For example, a close up of Beverly Crusher's pedicure before going on a date. I've even told Abby about my theory as she is also a Star Trek nerd.

So, after watching all these episodes and seeing all those foot centered scenes, I asked myself, "If Star Trek was real, which girls' feet would I want to massage the most?" After thinking about it, I thought it would make for a fun Top 10 List.

There are so many beautiful girls that have appeared on all the shows (just ask Captain Kirk and Commander Riker), so I'm limiting my list to main cast/crew members from the TV shows only. Sorry fellas, that means the Orion Slave Girl is eliminated from the list. Anyhow, here it goes:


10. Kira Nerys
Species: Bajoran
Rank: Major
Position: First Officer
Show: Deep Space 9
Actress: Nana Visitor

I know a lot of Trek fans who seem to dislike Kira Nerys. I was never one of those people. I always found her strong and focused. She'd probably be a tough one to crack for a foot massage though. 


9. B'Elanna Torres

Species: Human/Klingon
Rank: Lieutenant
Position: Chief Engineer
Show: Voyager
Actress: Roxann Dawson

While I'm not sure B'Elanna Torres would find a foot massage as relaxing as breaking something (her Klingon temper), it would probably still be neat to attempt one. After all, I'm sure she's the most dominant one on this list. Who knows how that would play out. 


8. Ezri Dax
Species: Trill
Rank: Ensign
Position: Counselor
Show: Deep Space 9
Actress: Nicole de Boer

While she wasn't on the show that long, I found Ezri Dax to be rather cute and fun loving. She, of all the characters on this list, seems to be the most "girl next door," if you will. I've always liked the simple kind of girl. 


7. Deanna Troi
Species: Human/Betazoid
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Position: Counselor
Show: The Next Generation
Actress: Marina Sirtis

Truth be told, I'm not a big fan of Deanna Troi, especially early on in the series. I found her to be rather whiny and too emotional. As the series went on, she grew on me and hey, she is cute. I'm sure she'd know every dirty thought going through my head as I gave her a foot rub though. She was also one of the characters to get a foot massage in a scene. She got it while being seduced by another Betazoid. 


6. Nyota Uhura
Species: Human
Rank: Lieutenant
Position: Communications Officer
Show: Original Series
Actress: Nichelle Nichols
Captain Kirk gave Nyota Uhura TV's first interracial kiss. He should have given her a foot massage too! The Captain missed out on that opportunity. I wouldn't have. 


5. Jadzia Dax

Species: Trill
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Position: Science Officer
Show: Deep Space 9
Actress: Terry Farrell

There were always jokes with Jadzia Dax about how far her spots ran down her body. I often wondered if any went down her legs and were on her feet. I am game to find out over a nice long foot rub. 


4. Kes
Species: Ocampa
Rank: Civilian
Position: Medical Aide/Gardener
Show: Voyager
Actress: Jennifer Lien
Of all the scenes featuring a foot massage in all of the Star Trek series, Kes' was the most pronounced. Her race only lives a short span (around 7 years) and when she is able to give birth, she must go through a ritual that includes a foot massage. The ship's holographic doctor was the one who got the privilege to give the foot rub. 


3. Hoshi Sato
Species: Human
Rank: Ensign
Position: Communications Officer
Show: Enterprise
Actress: Linda Park

Hey, with all the different species out there to pick from, I still adore Asian girls too much NOT to have Hoshi Sato in the top 3. She's just so darn cute! I'm just not sure if I'd rather have the alternate reality version of her where she was a bit promiscuous. 


2. Seven Of Nine
Species: Human/Borg
Rank: Civilian
Position: Astrometrics
Show: Voyager
Actress: Jeri Ryan

Seven was all the rave after being introduced to the cast of Voyager. Once those Borg implants were removed (for the most part), she strutted her way around the ship in a shiny silver outfit that showed off her assets nicely. Too bad the shoes weren't strappy though. 


1. T'Pol
Species: Vulcan
Rank: Subcommander
Position: First Officer/Science Officer
Show: Enterprise
Actress: Jolene Blalock

I've always found T'Pol to be the sexiest female to ever appear on any Trek series. She is another one of the cast members to have a foot massage scene that I've come across. Unlike the scenes above, I have not been able to located this one on YouTube. I so envy Commander Tucker, who got the honors of rubbing T'Pol's feet.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Prepared? More Like Overly Prepared!

I have 5 sets of Mileena and her pretty feet ready to be published.

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

During the summer I had a plan. That plan was simple. I was going to shoot a bunch of sets to last me through the winter. While using those sets I would invest in a new camera. And then when the spring approached, begin using that camera for all new content. Well, that was the plan and although I followed part of it, I did go off course.

If I had stayed the course I would have only needed to shoot a little more than a dozen sets because I already had a handful of them shot. I already had sets with the likes of Carlin, CharleeJamie, Wendy, and Mindee. Then Aliza agreed to return so I had two sets of hers that were never posted returned to the mix.

In the long run, I ended up shooting a few dozen sets and honestly haven't stopped. I don't know if it's the new camera, or just some creative energy, but I just can't stop scheduling new shoots. The rain has even caused a few to be skipped and/or rescheduled - including Mindee's neighbor, Emerald, who was set to be this week's Coming Soon teasers.

At this point in time, the number of sets I have shot and waiting to be posted is 56. With so many sets it's been fun trying to space out the models so that I'm constantly putting up everyone's favorites as well as changing up themes in the process. I try my hardest not to post, two dirty sole sets for example, back to back. So, who have I shot? Some of you might be asking - and some of you have by your emails lately. Well, here is a breakdown of who I have sets of at this point:
Some of you might be asking if this means I'm planning on stopping shoots for a bit. Well, Aspen's photo at the top of this column comes from a set we did just two days ago. We planned a trip to an amusement park together and since I haven't done any roller coaster sets in a while, I asked her if she'd be up for it. Since she loves roller coasters as much as I do, she was all for it. There would have also have been three sets shot the following day had it not rained. Those were slated to be a new model to the site and we've since rescheduled for this coming week.

Truth be told, as the weather does get cold, I will probably be using mostly those sets above. I'm not opposed to shooting indoors, but I just love shooting outside so much more. If a special occasion calls for a set, such as a holiday, then I will probably squeeze in a new one. But in all reality, it's time to use all the great content I've shot and love. But then again, if a girl is trying to flash her soles at me...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 2012 News & Notes

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Boy did the weather take a dive this past week. Chilly and rainy has been mother nature's agenda the past few days. Hell, it has even affected the American League Division Series between my hometown Baltimore Orioles and the hated New York Yankees. And by the way, as you might have heard on TV, the "Yankees suck!"

Now to get back on track. With the weather turning I've been trying to get in as many shoots as I can before it's just too cold. Yes, there are always indoor shoots, but I really prefer to shoot outside in some interesting locations. Plus, I literally have more than a year's worth of photos ready to be posted. As you can see, I'm not really hurting for photos.

I've been waiting to get Olivia in front of the camera with these sneakers.
Recent Set - Olivia
A couple of weeks ago I asked Olivia to do a set in a pair of teal tennis shoes she wore to work. She promised me she would do her best not to get them dirty before then. I threw in the idea of adding some knee high socks to the mix and she was all for it. At this time it wasn't yet cold and Olivia did one fun set showing off her smelly teal tennis shoes and sweaty pink knee high socks.

The first set Wendy and I were able to get in on our most recent shoot.

Recent Sets - Wendy & Almost Her Friend
Wendy and I had made plans months ago to shoot early in October. Although I already have a lot of sets of her, she isn't the easiest for me to meet with to shoot. During our recent get together we were able to get in four more sets. It was almost three, but I pushed for a fourth one in the middle of a rain storm.

Wendy's first set was done in the middle of town, next to a water fountain. Her second set was under the porch of a train station. The third was next to a small lake. And that final one saw her feet get very muddy as she held an umbrella overhead. A sample from this set can be found at the conclusion of this column.

As for the friend, the night before Wendy asked me if I'd like to do some sets with her friend. I said yes and we planned on what we might do. The next morning, however, the girl had a change of heart and Wendy and I shot the sets above instead.

I was so happy to finally point my new camera at Mindee's perfect feet.

Recent Sets - Mindee
I had been after Mindee for a few months to find time for some new sets. Mindee can be quite busy, so it was nice to finally be able to get those size 8 feet of hers back in front of my camera - which would be the first time they'd be in front of my new Canon Rebel T3i.

We didn't have a bunch of time, but we were able to get in two sets. Both were done at a waterfront park. The first one was out on a small pier/overlook on the river, and the second one, by an old rusted anchor at the park's entrance.

Missed Sets - Amelia
This week Amelia and I both woke up late and then Amelia asked if we could reschedule the shoot. The day was honestly very cold and rainy was probably for the best anyhow. Even though I have quite a few plans ahead, I'm still looking forward to trying to get in a new set or two with Amelia.

Aliza's little Asian feet found their way back in front of my camera again.

Recent Sets - Aliza
After missing out on our previous date for shooting, Aliza and I were able to get in two sets this week. The first was in front of an old mill and waterwheel and saw her wearing boots. The second was along the banks of a river by an old abandoned train bridge. Since it had rained the night before, the banks were so muddy. She had never done a muddy set and the mud was like pudding in some areas. I had her squish her feet right in. The photo above is one of the early ones. Her feet got VERY messy in the shots afterward.

Upcoming Set - Aspen
This weekend I've made plans to hit up an amusement park with Aspen. We're both roller coaster nuts and I figured we could kill two birds with one stone by shooting some quick photos around the park as well as riding some awesome rides. I'm really looking forward to it.

Upcoming Set - Emerald
Mindee's neighbor, Emerald, has expressed interest in posing on the site. The two want to do some together, but I told her I could get in some sets with her solo first. Next week she'll be showing off her size 7's and will become the site's newest sole mate.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Aspen's Day at the Beach... Finally

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Before Aspen did her first photo sets the day following her 18th birthday, we had already discussed going to the beach to do some sets. Aspen has always wanted to do some shots out in the sand in her bikinis. Having used Ocean City, MD a few times, I wanted to go somewhere different. I looked into Seaside Heights, NJ - the location where MTV films Jersey Shore. I had been to this small beach town as a kid and remembered a large park on the southern end of the island called Island Beach Park. I checked it out on Google Earth and found all kinds of potential places to use. When I told Aspen, she was very excited at the prospect.

A few weeks ago Aspen and I had plans to do an all day trip to Seaside, but the weather forecast called for an 80% chance of thunderstorms for the entire day. We decided to scrap the shoot and reschedule for Labor Day. 

Well, Labor Day was calling for rain and lots of clouds, but we decided to go anyhow. Aspen insisted we go and shoot something. The following is an account of our day at the beach, which turned out to be quite productive.

6:15 a.m. - I woke up with plans on leaving around 7 a.m. Aspen was running late, so we didn't leave until 7:40 a.m.

7:40 a.m. - We depart on our three hour drive to Seaside Heights. Most of the trip saw my wiper blades on with rain off and on. I had a bad feeling about the day.


Set #1: Boardwalk Sandals

10:50 a.m. - We arrive at the southern end of the Seaside Heights' boardwalk. It wasn't raining, but it was gray skies overhead. We did Aspen's first set on a bench with her showing off her teal toenails, brand new toe ring (along with her old one - both presents from me), and her very cute sandals.

12:00 p.m. - We drive into Island Beach Park to do a few sets with Aspen in her bikinis. With the clouds plentiful, and dark, we wanted to be sure we got in the sets she was most excited about.


Set #2: Sand Dune Plants

12:20 p.m. - After driving the long road through the park, we found our first location. It was the path leading to the beach, right off the main parking lot. There was all kinds of interesting looking plant life growing behind some wood fences. Aspen changed into what she described as, "The most disgusting bathroom ever," nearby and we began shooting. She came out of the bathroom wearing a shirt and unbuttoned jean shorts over her bikini. I liked the outfit, but still wanted her in her swimsuit, so we got the best of both worlds and had her pull the shirt off during the set, but leave the shorts.

Set #3: Sand Castle Smash

1:00 p.m. - After changing in my car this time (she wasn't using that bathroom again), I grabbed the sand castle buckets and shovels I brought and we walked out to the beach. We did a set in the wet sand just past the surf line. The set and was quite colorful, although the sun was buried behind countless clouds.

2:15 p.m. - It began to drizzle, so we went back to the car to plan the rest of the day. We weren't sure if the rain was going to let up, but we still wanted to do at least one more set. After getting the sand off our bodies we decided to head to the northern end of the Seaside boardwalk - just past the infamous Jersey Shore shore house.

2:25 p.m. - I handed my camera to Aspen to film her feet hanging out of the car window. This turned out to be both good and bad. Good because I got a self-filmed clip from a model and bad because the black rubber seal of the window left a black mark on her sole and heel.

2:45 p.m. - Aspen changed into a sexy black dress in the parking lot and we tried to get the black marks off her foot with no avail. We tried using hand sanitizer and lotion, but knew we needed something else. There was a CVS a block away, so we ran down and bought some rubbing alcohol. That helped a lot as she was able to get her foot clean.


Set #4: The Beach Lift

3:15 p.m. - We ran up onto the boardwalk and went to a bench located next to the loading station for the beach lift (like a ski lift that parallels the boardwalk). We both thought the lift would make for an interesting background. At this point the rain had stopped, but the wind was killer. It had been bad all day, but now it was just crazy. We made due and got in her fourth set on the day.

4:00 p.m. - With shooting done we decided to throw on some comfy clothes and enjoy the boardwalk. We made our way to one of ride piers and rode some roller coasters and one heck of a thrill ride called the Sky Scraper. Aspen even got scared in the haunted house ride, but I protected her.

5:30 p.m. - The rain began coming down hard and we ran into a restaurant to grab a bite to eat. We talked about the great day we had and even talked about some future shoot ideas.

6:15 p.m. - We began heading home and Aspen found my iPad interesting, taking dozens of distorted filter photos of herself that she insisted were amazing. I just agreed.

7:45 p.m. - Aspen insisted I give her a foot rub while I drove. I really wanted to, but I told her she had to wait until I paid the pointless Delaware toll on I-95.

8:00 p.m. - Aspen's feet find themselves in my lap and I find myself glad that my car is an automatic so that I can use my free hand to rub her soft feet.

9:15 p.m. - We arrived home and parted ways. I looked through her sets on the computer and loved them. I shot her a text about how great they looked and she said she's excited to see them. I know you'll love them as well.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Return of My Asian Sensation

Aliza is back! This set is being restored and new sets are on the way.

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Back in October 2010 I was very excited to debut a good friend, and the second Asian model to grace the site, Aliza. She had just turned 18 and we were both eager to get her onto the site. Well, only two months later she contacted me and asked me to have her photos pulled. Without getting into too much detail, it was due to some family differences of view about her being here.

Fast forward almost two years later and I decided to randomly contact Aliza about the possibility of adding her debut set back to the site. I wasn't expecting much, but was surprised when Aliza said to go for it and that she'd like to do some new photos before it gets cold. I asked her if she was sure about this because if I added her back, I won't be pulling her again. She assured me it is fine and with this week's update, not only do you get the amazing Elakala Falls set with Mileena, but the reposting of Aliza's Gray Boots set. Furthermore, I have two other sets that were done that same day that were never posted of this Asian Sensation.

Be on the lookout for the reposting of all the content Aliza had appeared in over the next few weeks. Not only was her set pulled in December of 2010, but a video clip (reposted this week as well), and some downloads in the Downloads area. It's great to have Aliza back

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Photo Tips - Find Amazing Shoot Locations

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Over the years I have always tried to shoot my models in unique locations. While that isn't always an option, or needed for the set, it is just something I prefer to do. Maybe it is the artist in me, but I just like to put as much creativity into my work as possible.

Having run Soles of Silk since the end of 2004, I can say finding new locations isn't always easy these days. I feel like I've exhausted all my local options sometimes, even though I can always seem to find something in a pinch. But this past year I've been making use of an invaluable tool - Google Earth. If you've used the program, you know what it's capable of. If you haven't, you really need to check it out. You can download the program here:

http://www.google.com/earth/index.html


I used Google Earth to find interesting spots in Wildwood, NJ to shoot Jamie's first sets.

Over the years when I wanted to do a unique background I'd rely on going to an area where I know I'd have a handful of places to shoot - for example, Jamie's debut sets all done at Wildwood, NJ. I knew if I made the trip to the beach I'd have numerous places to shoot. All we'd have to do is drive/walk around, find a spot, and start shooting. Well, with Google Earth I can now look in areas that might seem uninteresting and find hidden gems.

Mileena's day long shoot that culminated with shoots at Blackwater and Elakala Falls in West Virginia provides the best examples of the power of Google Earth (see blog: "Hot Feet Week: 2012 Edition, Part 3 - Mileena"). Knowing that destination was a little over four hours away I utilized Google Earth and traced the route that I'd take to those destinations. To help break up the drive I began looking in towns and locations close to the roads we'd be driving for more photo spots. And boy did I ever find some.

The first location was in a small town in Western Maryland in their City Park. On first pass I would have thought nothing of the location, but having the photos option turned on allows you to view photos other people have taken. Often when you see a bunch of photos in one spot, it warrants a look. That was the case here as I found a location with a stream running to a small pond that was surrounded by rocks and featured a small foot bridge.


This spot Mileena used wouldn't have been found if not for Google Earth.

Our second location was in another town only about 10 minutes away. It was a rusty train draw bridge. It was located on some abandoned tracks at a small park area. I would have never thought to look here had it not been for that photos option being turned on. I clicked some of the photos and thought the draw bridge looked very unique - like nothing I had ever done in my photos.

The third and fourth locations were in another town I had been through years ago as a child. We had never stopped there, but I knew the town was very old by the look of the buildings. I made sure I looked here when tracing our route and found enough locations to use for an entire day of shooting alone. I kept the locations here to only two as I needed to save enough daylight to get to the falls. I ultimately went with a historic train station and a nearby bridge that passed over a canal.

The fifth location was supposed to be our gem - Blackwater Falls. I had been here as a child and was what I based this entire trip on. Seeing other photos of interest in the area, however, I also found our sixth and final location, Elakala Falls. I'm glad I did as Blackwater Falls turned out not to be as photo friendly as we had hoped.

Mileena had this to say about Blackwater and Elakala in her recent All Day Shoot Interview in the Interviews section of the site, "Initially I thought, 'West Virginia is too far to go.' But as soon as you started sending the photos, I fell in love with them."

The photos Mileena is talking about were ones I nabbed from Google Earth and sent to her in attempts to show her just how beautiful those locations are. Needless to say, she was sold.

Over a month later I'm finally posting the first photo shoot from Mileena's shoots - the one done at Elakala Falls. Had it not been for Google Earth, I might never have found the location.

Mileena also added, in regards to one of the other locations we used, the train station, "I liked the train station. It was fun to actually climb on the train for some pictures."


Another location from Mileena's all day shoot discovered via Google Earth.

It was Elakala Falls that did it for her though, a feeling I also share. It was just too beautiful, especially with her under the falling water showing off her adorable feet. "Nothing can beat the background of Elakala Falls. Not to mention, I had to work the hardest for that one!" Mileena said.

Mileena's shoots are far from the first or last sets I've used the program to locate shoot locations. Using it has even shown me some local spots I never knew existed. So whether you're out shooting foot photos, or just enjoy some nature photography, you might want to give Google Earth a try. It's been an awesome tool for me and one I use often.

Extra Photo Location Tips

  • Keep your theme in mind when it comes to location. For example, you don't want a girl in an evening gown if you're headed to a beach location.
  • If you're not comfortable shooting with people around, look off the beaten path or schedule your shoots when people will be more scare.
  • Keep to a single location for each shoot. If you shoot several pictures here, several pictures there, and then a few more in another place, you've exhausted several spots all in one shoot. Shoot a full set at each location.
  • Be careful of private property. Although I've been chased off a few train tracks, I try to be careful when going somewhere I'm not supposed to be.
  • Follow shorelines. You can find a great many parks, bridges, and areas of interest along the water. I sometimes feel like I shoot too many waterfront spots, but the locations are just too good to pass up sometimes.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August - The Good & The Bad

Layla was long overdue for some new photos. We finally got to find some time!

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Man, talk about a month of ups and downs - mostly coming over the last couple of weeks. There is so many things to discuss, I'm once again going to break each thing down into a category, alternating between the good and the bad.

The Good: Layla Returns
Have to start off with this because I was almost certain that Layla was done modeling. I figured her Rocky Stream set I posted on the August 1st update would be her last. But low and behold, the week I posted that set (which I had held for almost two years), she emails me. We get to talking and decide to shoot again. Well, we did so on Sunday, even though it decided to rain. We didn't let it kill the day and did some great shots with her water beaded feet.

The Bad: Blue Screens!!!

If you've ever had a blue screen error from your Windows system, I feel your pain. If you've ever had them happen every single time you restarted your machine, you've probably found yourself saying every curse word there is about a million times over the course of a day. That was me from Friday evening until Wednesday morning. This is also the reason why the site is going up a day late - which I apologize for.

Nikki was so excited to do a set in front of this waterfall.

The Good: Nikki Poses Some More
Even though Nikki was kind enough to do three sets for me during the Hot Feet Week shooting spree back in July, she found herself back in front of my camera this month shooting three more sets. I have to say, Nikki has come a long way from her first sets and is so much fun to shoot. I could never grow tired of shooting those slender little feet of hers.

The Bad: Weather Delays Aspen's Beach Photos
Aspen and I had made plans to do an entire day of shooting along the Jersey Shore this week only to have our plans rained out. The day before our trip (the same rainy day I was shooting Layla), I looked at the weather at the beach for the following day. It read 80 percent chance of thunderstorms. I couldn't see driving all those hours and not coming away with the photos we wanted to take. We both have a feeling these will be awesome shots and didn't want to have them ruined by the weather. We're currently looking at possible dates for the future as we both really want to make this happen.

I loved how well this football themed set came out, featuring Olivia.

The Good: Olivia Shoots 2012 Ravens Set

As I've done every year for the site, this year's Ravens set will feature Olivia. She joins Lauryn, Andrea, Precious, Mindee, WendyNessa, Cierra, Ginger, and Mileena as girls to sport the purple and black in a set for Soles of Silk. The photo found above is one of many shots we did in my friend's basement that is decked out in Ravens carpet and features a large Ravens logo on the wall - painted by yours truly. I painted it earlier this year and told him I fully expected to be able to use the room for one of my future Ravens shoots. I didn't wait long to cash in and had Olivia draft her fantasy football team on one of the comfy couches under the logo.

The Bad: Lost Video Clip
Before I experienced my computer blue screens I took the time to render every single video clip I had shot so they'd all be ready to upload. Well, apparently I deleted part of one Jessie's clips when transferring them from my iPad. I looked on the backup CDs I made, but no dice. I had shot two segments for this clip, the first was barefoot and the second had her slipping her socks and tennis shoes on. Well, the second half is what was lost, so now the clip is a short 1:00 clip of her barefoot. I know all of you sock and tennis shoe fans out there will be bummed about that. I know I was.

The Good: Ryan & Aspen Set(s) On The Horizon
Being such good friends, Ryan and Aspen have been telling me idea after idea at work about shoots they'd like to do together. With both girls being so overly popular, I'm sure anything this pairing does will be an instant hit. If you have any ideas, I will certainly share them with the girls.

The Bad: Jamie Gets Sick & Misses All Day Shoot
Each semester, especially the fall semester, I try to get Jamie in front of the camera to shoot a few extra sets. Since she doesn't go to college locally, I try to have a few sets to sit on while she's away. I had done several sets with her a few months back, but wanted to do some more anyhow. Well, the day before we were set to for an entire day, she contacted me saying she was sick. It isn't like her to cancel on me, so I know she wasn't feeling well. Unfortunately we were unable to reschedule before she left. I had plans with Layla and Aspen on her only open dates, so perhaps if she comes home one weekend we can squeeze some in during the fall or holidays.

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