Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Tease of Foot Selfies - Emerald

The selfie. The dreaded mirror, or self-taken picture that has been plaguing the internet since the advent of social media. I think it's a rule for every girl online to post at least two dozen selfies on their social media accounts per week. While it's virtually impossible to escape them, there is one that can be a most welcome, albeit teasing sight - the foot selfie.

Just this morning I encountered such a tease. I was just getting ready to step into the shower when my phone went off. I was close enough to grab it and since I have a Lifeproof case, I stepped into the shower with my phone to see who it was. It turned out to be Emerald. She was getting back to a text I left her the previous day.

The day before I had sent Emerald a screenshot of an Instagram (@SolesofSilk) post I made showing her soles. The description underneath the photo read, "Really miss Emerald's cute lil #soles & plump #toes! Need to schedule a shoot. #footfetish #feet #fetish"

Emerald's text read, "LOL! I'll be back soon."

I told her she better. I even threatened to give an awesome set idea that we came up with to one of the other models if she isn't. Almost immediately I got a response to that.

"You better not!" Emerald warned me.

As I began to reply my screen jumped and filled with an image of Emerald's adorable toes. I stopped typing and saved it immediately. This was that image.


Emerald KNOWS I love her feet!

"You luv these! LOL!" the text accompanying the picture read.

And Emerald was 100 percent correct. I've loved her feet from the first day I was lucky enough to see them. And yes, I really do feel lucky for it! But I do honestly miss them and hope we can do quite a few photos in 2014.

One thing you'll notice in the selfie above is Emerald's pedicure. She is always sporting some kind of interesting paint jobs and designs. She does them herself and is very talented. If you have read her introductory interview on the site, you already know that she's been doing nails for many years.

"I do paint my own [nails]. I'm a professional. I've done nails for over 14 years." Emerald said when asked if she paints her own nails.

While I would have loved to have talked to Emerald for more time, I was running behind for work. I told her I had to finish getting ready and I'd contact her again soon.

Hours later, during my work break, I came up with the idea to share the wealth and show off Emerald's picture on Instagram. It wasn't too brag, but show how much of a tease Emerald had been. I mentioned how she told me that she knows that I love her feet and since I know many of you do as well, why not share it?

Around 8 p.m. I was leaving work and decided to see what kind of response Emerald's picture garnered. She had quite a few likes, so I decided to contact her yet again. I sent a screenshot of her selfie to me on Instagram with the countless likes below. I wanted her to know I wasn't the only one who appreciated her feet.

"Nice!" she texted me in response.

I then went on and on for a few minutes, thanking her for the foot selfie earlier and told her to feel free to send me more whenever she wants to. Emerald, however, was under the impression that I meant right then and there.

"Okay. My feet are in boots, but give me some time." she replied.

I told Emerald that I didn't mean right then and there, or even tonight. I just meant in the future if she got a new pedicure, had some cute shoes on, ect.

Being Emerald was in boots, however, I decided to toy with her a little bit. After explaining the above, I sent her some emojis to express how I'd love to sniff her feet fresh out of those boots. I wasn't sure if she could even see the emojis or understand where I was going with it. But she did!

"Yes, with no socks on," she added to further tease me, knowing I love smelling girls sweaty feet.

I told Emerald how awesome she was and told her how she's doing a great job of teasing and denying me - which I'm certain she enjoys. Emerald thanked me for the compliments and I let her be for the night. I did tell her to expect a blog post about the selfie she sent me, however.

While this isn't the first time Emerald has sent me selfies of her alluring feet, I haven't shared them with all of you. I used to include foot selfies in some of my old columns on Soles of Silk. Since switching to the blog, however, I haven't shared any. My plans moving forward is to periodically try to do future installments about the girls who send me these teasing pictures. While Emerald was the most recent, she's not the only one who has enjoyed showing me what I'm missing out on.

Next time you see one of these foot selfie blogs it will probably be based on another model. I have quite a few of both Mindee and Aspen saved to my phone, but who knows. Perhaps Emerald will tease me some more by sending me some sweaty feet selfies once those boots come off! I can only hope! And I won't at all hesitate to do another blog about her and the pictures she sent, should that happen. But for now, I'll leave you with the ones she has already sent. I don't remember the conversations we had when these were sent as too much time has passed. All I do know is that I saved them and you probably want to see them too!


One of Emerald's awesome pedicures.

The oldest foot selfie I have from Emerald.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - March 26, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Mariah slowly peels off her black and pink knee high socks after a workout to show her moist little feet to all of us (71 images)





Video - Megan Jones kicks off her well-worn black flats and gives them a few sniffs to see just how stinky they are (140 MB - 1080p HD)




Downloads (Hur) - 1 new poster of Jamie has been added to the all new Hur artist section of the Downloads area




Downloads (Avatars) - 3 avatars of Jordana, Kelsey, and Layla have been added to the all new Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area

Contest - The 2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest is underway. Design wallpapers of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee for a chance to win one of six possible prizes. Visit the Contest Rules page for more information.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Soles of Silk - 10 Fun Facts

It's time to run off some fun facts about Soles of Silk once again. By reading these you will obviously become smarter, get better grades in college, and probably receive a raise at work. These facts are essential to moving forward in life, so be sure to read them a few times and remember each in detail. 

Fact #1: The current trio of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee are not the only cousins on Soles of Silk. Bethany and Natalie are also cousins as are Olivia and Taylor.

Fact #2: Soles of Silk has featured 80 different models, although only 79 are published. Shae, a Korean model with size 10 feet was removed a few months after her debut in 2010 for personal reasons.



Rachel DD and Lela Beryl were featured in the Would Love to Shoot Blog Series.

Fact #3: So far Soles of Silk has had two models pose who were featured in the "Would Love to Shoot" blog series. The first model to pose was Rachel DD (@ModelRachelDD), who was featured in Part 5. The second is Rachel's friend, Lela Beryl (@LelaBeryl), who was mentioned in Part 9.



Ryan loves roller coasters.

Fact #4: Ryan, finally posed for a roller coaster set in 2013. This year she and I are planning a road trip where we're planning on taking a few more photos of her feet in front of other coasters. More details to come! I sure can't wait.



Ashlyn's famous "Fritos" boots.

Fact #5: Yes, Ashlyn's boots really smell like Fritos.

Fact #6: Amelia recently put me in touch with a friend of hers who is interested in posing for Soles of Silk. Late last year Ryan also put me in touch with two girls she knows who are interested. Word of mouth is a great thing!



Jamie's feet were very soft after this shoot!

Fact #7: I have thanked Jamie countless times for allowing me to rub her little feet. She says she doesn't deserve as much pampering as I like to give them, but I totally disagree!

Fact #8: Although the last time I posted a set of Madison was in 2010, she still ranks third highest in photo count on the site. Yeah, we used to shoot a lot! And yes, I miss taking photos of her long, narrow soles.



Mandy's long toes & slender soles.

Fact #9: Mandy's feet are currently plastered on my iPad screen as wallpaper.

Fact #10: The longest road trip I've done with a model for a specific shoot location was with Mileena. We drove about 4.5 hours to Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. Luckily I also found other locations during the way to stop and shoot. It helped break up the long drive, although Mileena also used a nap to do so.

See, I told you that you'd become smarter by reading these facts. Can't you feel it? All kidding aside, thank you for reading this new, totally spontaneous blog series installment. Be sure to check back again for some more of these fun facts!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Getting to Know... Wendy



Meet Soles of Silk Model Wendy


Model Statistics


Debuted: May 2006
# of Photo Sets: 24*
# of Photos: 1,485*

Foot Facts


Shoe Size: 8
Ticklish: No
Favorite Parts of Her Feet: Arches
Favorite Nail Polish Color: No preference - loves all colors & designs
Favorite Type of Shoes: Open toe, high heels

Model Interview Quotes

"I plead the fifth when it comes to my feet smelling. If they smell at all, they smell like roses!"  - Wendy, Model Interview

Short Bio


Imagine this... You're 18 years old, love pretty female feet, and are just attending college for the first time. As you go from class to class on your first day you notice an attractive blonde sitting just off to the right. You look down and she's wearing sandals. You check out her feet and find them immediately attractive! Careful, don't get caught staring!

Now imagine this... You're sitting in that class, trying to pay attention to the instructor and this blonde begins dangling those sandals of hers just enough to give you brief glimpses of her soles. You're a sole guy, so you have to stare now. Again, don't get caught!

Talk about being in a pickle! There you are trying to put your scholarships to good use and this blonde is dangling her sandals from her pretty feet, distracting you like no other. Seriously, how are you supposed to pay attention to the flower vase, broken window frame, old shoe, and who knows what else the instructor placed in the middle of the room as still-life? You can't possibly do that with her soles popping in and out of view. At this point they could bring in a nude model and her feet would still be getting all of your attention. 

So yeah, this blog is about getting to know Wendy and I just gave you a glimpse into my life as a freshman attending art school. To get to know Wendy however, I thought it would be interesting to explore how I got to know her first. So let me get past the point where she was a distraction and tell you how she became my friend.

For two years I attended an art college with Wendy. At first she seemed very private and I didn't know much about her at all. As time progressed she slowly began to open up. We both hung out with the same crowd and once I got to know her, I really enjoyed her company. I found her to be motivated, very creative, obviously attractive, and even a little assertive. Yeah, I admit it! There is something I've always liked about a woman in charge. I probably shouldn't get into that here though. 

As time went by many of my classmates took notice my obvious foot fetish as it was displayed blatantly in my artwork. My drawings, paintings, photography, and computer graphic work all regularly featured female feet - mostly that of my then girlfriend, Abby.

Fast forward a semester or two and I slowly began asking some of my classmates if they'd also let me use their feet in my art and photography. This is when I really began my journey of shooting multiple girls showing their feet on a consistent basis. Wendy was the first person I thought to ask.

When I approached Wendy about taking some photos of her feet, she happily agreed. I couldn't tell you how happy I was. Our class had just ended and she let me take them right there on the spot. It was my first time getting an up close view of her soles too. I was always left to spy on them from a distance while I had work to do. Not this time. Those feet were side-by-side and those soles were flawless! I only took like six photos on my old 35mm camera, but I couldn't wait to develop them and find a use for them in a future art project.

During my final year at the art school I created my very first web site, and man was it crude! The focus was on my artwork, but I later began adding pages for the models too. It was my way of saying thanks. And once I did this I immediately began receiving countless compliments about Wendy and her feet. They would say how attractive she is and how they'd love to see me do more photos and/or artwork featuring her. So that is just what I did!

Although Wendy and I would transfer to different colleges shortly thereafter, we continued to remain friends. And over the years that followed, Wendy continued to pose her size 8 feet becoming one of the most popular models on my old site, The 10 Little Piggies.

Skipping past all the details about how I'd eventually close The 10 Little Piggies and take a break from my foot fetish photography (see blog:"Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary - 2004"), Wendy was one of the first people I thought of when I began planning to do Soles of Silk. For whatever reason we didn't connect right away and she'd make her return in May 2006 instead.

As soon as Wendy's images were teased on Soles of Silk I began getting an influx of email asking, "Isn't that the same Wendy from your old site?" Or, "OMG, you got Wendy to come back?!?!?!" Maybe they didn't write it exactly like that, but it's pretty close to the dozens of emails I was getting at that point. She had Soles of Silk fans buzzing, the photographer included!

Now here we are. It was 17 years ago that Wendy and I met and about eight years ago that she left her foot prints on Soles of Silk for the first time. She has remained one of my most requested and dependable models since her return and I'm not surprised. She's done awesome work since her May 2006 Soles of Silk debut. The odd thing is, I feel like she's getting better and better with each and every shoot. That's certainly a good thing for me as I plan to keep shooting this blonde haired beauty - the one who used to unknowingly tease me from across the classroom, dangling her sandals. Now this same blonde haired beauty knowingly teases me, dangling numerous pairs of shoes from her feet, doing it inches from my face and in locations much more scenic than a classroom.


Photographer's Final Thoughts


If you add up the number of photos Wendy currently has published to the site (1,485), the number of her photos in currently unpublished sets (+200), and the countless photos she did prior to Soles of Silk, one might think I'm in no rush to get Wendy back in front of my camera. That couldn't be further from the truth!

Wendy and I have been known to shoot sets in bunches. Three to five sets at a time is the norm when her soles are in front of my camera. As a matter of fact, two times over the last several years she took brief pauses from posing, but you would have never known it. I had so much content of her to post I just kept adding it. Like right now I'm sitting on three unpublished sets that we did at the end of 2012. These have taken so long to post because we had did a bunch of sets only a couple of months prior. But now it's time to begin posting these sets - two of which are previewed on this blog (above and below). It will still take me some time to get all three up, but in 2014 I want Wendy to pose for me regularly. I don't care if I have 10 sets of her still to be published. I will never turn down more.

So what do you say Wendy? I'm sure you're going to read this. How about this year we set aside time to keep those super soft soles as a regular fixture in front of my camera? But don't worry, there will still be plenty of time for me to give those curvy feet a good massage. It might mean a set or two less since you know I tend to be thorough when it comes to massages. I'm sure you won't mind though. So how about it? 




* as of the date this blog was posted

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - March 19, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Marcy kicks her white sandals from her slender feet before putting her soles and toes into view upon a crooked boardwalk while out on the river (75 images)




Video - Jamie has no one around to rub lotion onto her little feet, so she's stuck doing it herself (188 MB - 1080p HD)



Interviews - 1 new introductory interview with Rachel DD has been added to the Interviews section




Downloads (Avatars) - 2 avatars of Cheri and Danaya have been added to the all new Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area

Contest - The 2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest is underway. Design wallpapers of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee for a chance to win one of six possible prizes. Visit the Contest Rules page for more information.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest


To further celebrate Soles of Silk's 10 year anniversary I am bringing back a contest that has not been done for several years - the Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest. This is a chance for all you graphic designers and artists out there to create desktop wallpapers for a chance to win one of the six prizes that will be awarded.

This contest has been run three times over the years with varying degrees of success. I hope to see a great turn out this year and I have even changed things up just a little this time around. This time a grand prize and runner up will be awarded for artwork based on each model. That's right, one contest with three categories means six total prizes. Want to pick your favorite model and create artwork based on her? Go right ahead! Love all three girls? Well, make designs for each one. 

Speaking of the models... The subjects for your wallpaper designs are the cousin trio of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee. I can't wait to see what you all create with such great models serving as your muses!

If you have any questions/concerns, please read through the DEADLINE, PRIZES, CONTEST RULES, and DOWNLOAD LINKS sections below. If there is something not covered there, please don't hesitate to email me at the following email address: footphotographer@yahoo.com.

DEADLINE: Sunday, April 20, 2014


PRIZES


(3) Grand Prize Winners - 3 months of free membership time will be awarded to the winning designs for each model (1 for Marcy, 1 for Mariah, and 1 for Mindee)

(3) Runner Up Prize Winners - 1 month of free membership time will be awarded to the runner up designs for each model (1 for Marcy, 1 for Mariah, and 1 for Mindee)


CONTEST RULES


- Entries must be submitted at either a 1920 (w) x 1200 (h), or 2560 (w) x 1600 (h) pixel scale.

- Entries may only contain one model per design. Please do not put more than one model in your artwork as it cannot be considered due to the prize format. (see PRIZES above)

- Please stick to the supplied images of each model as the main focus of each piece. You can download other images of the three models off the site for use, but please use them only to supplement the main images supplied.

- Entries must either contain the Soles of Silk logo (supplied), have the site's name (Soles of Silk), or www.solesofsilk.com written somewhere on the artwork itself.

- Entries cannot contain copyrighted images/graphics from outside sources.

- Entries cannot contain any vulgar, sexual, or rude wording/graphics.

- Only one prize per person, but multiple entries are allowed.

- Entries must be emailed to footphotographer@yahoo.com by the Sunday, April 20, 2014 deadline. Please email me from an address that you will be able to be reached again in the future for any prize considerations.

- Entries will be judged by two Soles of Silk models, with me serving only as a tie breaker. Winners will be notified once judging has been concluded.



Cousins Marcy, Mariah, & Mindee.

DOWNLOAD LINKS


The .ZIP file package links below allow you to download 7 photo files of each model. The difference between package 1 and 2 for each model is only the file format (JPG/TIF). All packages also contain the site logo in .PSD format, if you wish to use it.

- Marcy Package 1 (JPG): 22MB
- Marcy Package 2 (TIF): 72MB

- Mariah Package 1 (JPG): 23MB
- Mariah Package 2 (TIF): 72MB

- Mindee Package 1 (JPG): 21MB
- Mindee Package 2 (TIF): 74MB

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - March 12, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - New model Lela Beryl shows her St. Patrick's Day spirit dressed in all green as she pulls off her green striped knee high socks to reveal her super soft soles (69 images)




Video - Lela Beryl gives you a foot and sock tease while in her St. Patrick's Day attire on the bed (209 MB - 1080p HD)



Downloads (Avatars) - 3 avatars of A'Kasjia, Andrea, and Bethany have been added to the all new Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area

Cosmetics (Contributions) - The last remaining contributor pages have been changed to the new format.

Cosmetics (Flashbacks) - All Flashback model pages have been changed to the new format.

Cosmetics - The Models, Contributions, and Flashback pages have all had a slight redesign.

Monday, March 10, 2014

News & Notes - March 2014


Well, well... I can finally look out of my window and not see any snow on the ground. It's about damn time! This winter has seen it's fair share of snow and I cannot wait for the warm weather to arrive. I crave getting back to doing some photography and seeing countless pairs of cute feet. But in the meantime, I thought I'd go over some news and notes to keep everyone in the loop. Here's what's been going on with Soles of Silk and what is hopefully set to come:



Lela Beryl debuts on March 12.


New Model - Lela Beryl


If you've been following this blog you already know that last week the site gained its second new model of the year in Lela Beryl. (see blog: "Tuesday's Shoot - Lela Beryl") I'm not going to go into massive amounts of detail since I did in the aforementioned blog, but it was great to finally meet this fun loving girl. Those VERY soft feet spent a few hours in front of my camera and in my hands afterward. They're just as every bit as soft as she claimed - if not softer!


Other New Models


With 2014 marking the site's 10 year anniversary, I am hoping to debut at least 10 new models over the course of the year. It's a tall task, but one I'm really hoping to accomplish. Lela Beryl was the second with Megan Jones debuting on New Years being the first.

At the end of last year Ryan introduced me to two girls right around the time the weather was getting cold. I asked both if they'd mind waiting until the spring since I prefer outdoor shoots and in all honesty, had around 70 unpublished sets accumulated at that point. Both agreed and as soon as the weather begins to get warm and stay that way, I'll be asking both to wiggle their toes for me. I can't wait to see their soft foot bottoms on display!

I also have two other potentials. Two coworkers might pose as well. One is really looking forward to it, and should also pose once spring arrives. The other is considering it, but I'm not sure if she will or not.

So it looks like I'm about half way to my goal. I'll have to see if any of my models have any friends who might want to pose. I'll also have to keep tabs on any models on Twitter who may be traveling through the area.


Returning Models


It's still too early to say, but 2014 should also mark the return of a handful of models that haven't been in front of my camera in some time. Cierra, Carlin, and Mileena have already agreed and I cannot wait to see those three return. I've also sent out some feelers to the likes of Shayna, Sara Swirls, Paige Noelle, Lady Steph, Kayleigh, Katie, and Ginger and am hoping to see as many of them back as possible.



Ryan is just one model who will be shooting again soon.

Shoot Planning


Having to sit through all this crappy winter weather has given me cabin fever and a massive desire to get out of the house. With that being said, it's also made me begin planning some shoots early. I've talked with some of the girls already, planning some early set ideas.

Mindee hit me up just the other day to say the weather is breaking and it's time to plan some sets. She couldn't have been more right! Even though I still have a few sets left of hers to post, I would meet up with her every week to shoot if I could. So yeah, Mindee will be joining the 3K Club (3,000 photos) one day. Then the 4K Club, 5K Club, and so on.

Aspen and I should be getting together in April to do a baseball themed set. It is one that eluded us last year because we kept finding days to shoot when it rained. Hopefully this year will be a little different. We have a few other ideas we're looking to do too. All I'll say is, you haven't seen the last bikini shot of this cutie!

Olivia will be making a huge impact this year. Not only is she slated to represent Soles of Silk in a 2014 feature gallery on Wu's Feetlinks, but we have so many plans for other sets too. I can't wait to get with her and begin shooting.

Ryan is another model who should be posing quite regularly in 2014. I just finished sending her a long email detailing a two day trip we're looking to do. It's not going to be all photos, but we're going to do as much as we can while we're out enjoying ourselves. If all goes as planned, it should produce a little on-going series featuring a number of consecutive Ryan updates.

Ashlyn and I were never able to get together before the cold weather set in last year to shoot a few sets we had planned. She's very excited to get to them this year though. Since we didn't meet up and shoot until late summer last year, I hope to get in a good number of sets this year. I want her to be a regular in front of my camera.

While I haven't planned any sets with other models yet, you will certainly be seeing many of the others doing new work. The above are just those who I've discussed some exacts with when it comes to themes, locations, etc. 



Carlin has an upcoming interview.

New Interviews


This has been an ongoing project of mine, and something that has been working out quite nicely. In recent months I've added a handful of new interviews to the site. Ashlyn and Jasey Rae had their introductory interviews published in recent months. Mindee took part in an interview about her breaking the 2,000 photo mark and joining the 2K Club. (see blog:"2K Club - Mindee's Footgraphy") Olivia was the subject of an interview detailing the day we spent shooting in Cape May, NJ. Kayleigh did a small interview about returning to the site soon. And I even found a small sized modeling interview with Madison that I originally had posted as part of an old column years ago. It was copied into the interview format and added to the interviews section just a few weeks ago.

In addition to those interviews, I have a handful of others that are set to go online in the near future. Rachel DD just completed her introductory interview and Mariah has promised me she is working on hers. Jamie completed an modeling interview since she recently joined the 1K Club. (see blog: "1K Club - Jamie's Footgraphy"). Carlin has also completed a modeling interview, one I aim to post before she makes her return this year.

I need to work on getting a few other modeling interviews out to other site regulars such as Wendy, Ryan, Abby, and Aspen. All four have done enough sets for me to go into some details about their experiences over the years.



Cierra's 10 year anniversary avatar.

10 Year Anniversary Avatars


Every week I've been posting two or three avatars in the downloads section to further celebrate the site's 10 years online. Each model will eventually have her own avatar posted, but I'm going at it year-by-year. All the models who debuted in 2004 and 2005 are now published and I'm currently posting those who showed their soles in 2006.



The Where's Wendy? Contest was the site's most recent contest.


Contests


So far the site has held two contests. The first one, The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest had some success, but the numbers were a little down from previous years. (see blog: "Answers & Results: The 2013 Soles of Silk Annual Trivia Contest") Funny thing is, the scores were much higher than ever before, which led me to believe that the questions were too easy. Wonder if some people didn't even bother to try thinking they'd be hard. Oh well!

The second contest was the first ever of its kind for the site. It was called The Where's Wendy? Contest. (see blog: "Results: The Where's Wendy? Contest") Within just a few hours the contest saw its first winner. And eight days later, the second.

I'm hoping to run 10 total contests this year, again, playing off the number 10 for the site's 10th anniversary. Another one should be right around the corner. I wonder what kind it will be?



This set with Mindee and Marcy will be posted in June.


Where is (Insert Set Here)?


A few weeks ago I got an email asking me where the set of Mindee and Marcy from the splash page is on the site. I know I made mention of this in a blog some time ago and many people might not have read it, so I want to get into this again here.

When I redesigned some of the site elements going into 2014 I wanted to spruce things up with some of the more recent AND upcoming sets - a teaser if you will. The Mindee and Marcy splash page graphic is one such graphic. The guest section header bar of Ryan is another one. Neither set is currently on the site and both will be making their way soon. You'll also notice some of the squared page images that are also from sets still yet to come.

As it pertains to the Mindee and Marcy graphic, however, I have an exact date for you. My plan all along was to post that to coincide with an important soccer event. With the FIFA World Cup getting underway on June 12, expect to see the set published on the June 11 update.



Olivia's pink socks video is now a free preview.

New Free Video Samples


I recently changed the two free video samples available on the Free Preview page of the guest area. They now show videos in the 1080p HD format I've been using for over a year now. It's one of those things I didn't think about for some time, but came across in changing some of the site's elements. It's probably for the better too because people can now see the quality of the clips they'll be getting once they become a member.


Redesign/Layout Elements


As of the March 12 update all models, contributors, and flashback models will have updated gallery pages that feature post dates and sample shots (instead of head shots). During the process I also listed all sets from newest to oldest so that the more recent sets are shown first. It's been a long process, but one everyone has seemed to like.

With the March 12 update I also slightly altered the models, contributions, and flashback pages themselves. Gone are the black boxes that used to surround each model's head shot. Just think it shows up nicer against the white background.


Blog Linking Changes


This has been something I've done for a couple of months now. Whenever I wrote a blog I used to link EVERY occurrence of a model's name, outside site, social media post, etc. Well, in doing so I had my blog blocked as it was viewed as spam. After Google reviewed the blog, which was Mindee's 2K Club blog, they restored it seeing that it was not spam. What it looks like had happened was since the blog had excessive linking, it was automatically flagged as spam. So from now on, I will link only the first occurrence of each model's name, outside link, etc.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tuesday's Shoot - Lela Beryl (New Model)

Back in January I wrote the ninth installment of the ongoing "Would Love to Shoot" blog series. (see blog: "Would Love to Shoot #9") In that particular installment I named Lela Beryl as one of the three girls I'd love to see in front of my camera one day. I wrote, "...I feel pretty good that one day, if our schedules match up, Lela will be showing off those pretty bare soles for Soles of Silk." 

Well, that day came on Tuesday, but it almost didn't happen.

For several months Lela and I have been talking on Twitter (@LelaBeryl) about meeting up and shooting for Soles of Silk. She has always been fond of the idea, but with the distance between us, it would take one of us traveling for it to work out. Luckily for me, a few weeks ago Lela informed me that she, along with her friend, and Soles of Silk model, Rachel DD (@ModelRachelDD) would be doing a road trip and coming my way. We compared schedules and set on the date of Monday, March 3. Then the weather had to go and ruin it!

For days leading up to our shoot the talk of the town was about a massive snow storm that was set to pelt the region with between 6-10" of snow. With the kind of car that I drive I told Lela that I didn't know if I'd drive much, if at all, with that much accumulation. She understood, but we decided to take a wait and see approach. When we knew the snow was coming no matter what, we decided to push back the shoot by one day, doing it on Tuesday, March 4 instead.

So I guess it is true then... Good things do come to those who wait.

After leaving work and getting all my stuff together I waited only a short while for Lela to arrive. It took me no time at all to warm up to her. She has one of the sweetest personalities and had so much enthusiasm for the shoot themes I had shared with her. She said to me numerous times that she was so happy to finally be a "Soles of Silk girl," - a statement that I echoed.



Lela playing some Zelda while toying with her foot boys.


The first shoot theme of the day involved video games. I've been itching to do a set with my Nintendo 3DS and some games for a while now. As an avid gamer I know many of us guys love our gamer girl counterparts, so it is a set idea I figured many of you would also like.

I let Lela pick out what game she wanted to play, which turned out to be "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D." Talk about a classic! And could it really get any better? I had a beautiful new model with killer soft feet playing a Zelda title on the 3DS right in front of me. I was in love!

I can't tell you how far Lela got in the game because I was too busy paying attention to her foot game. This girl knows how to pose those little feet of hers. I was only on the first set and already knew her sets are going to be hits!



Feeling lucky yet?


The second set of the day, and the one she will debut with on the March 12 update, carried a St. Patrick's Day theme. I always try to do holiday sets when I can (and when I remember to do them). One holiday I've never done, however, is St. Patrick's Day. Well, now I have.

When we began the set Lela mentioned how she loves having props in her sets and in this one, she was literally surrounded by them. I bought countless items at 5 Below and a dollar store and just let Lela have at it with whatever props she wanted to use. And she sure put them to use too! Well, once she finished pulling off her green-striped knee high socks.

I bought a pack of various color knee high socks some time ago and luckily I still had the green pair. I decided to have Lela use them for this set to add some variation to her set themes. Lela's little sock strip certainly made me realize just how nice the idea to use them turned out to be too.



Lela is a huge comic book fan herself.

The third set of the night put Lela back into nerd mode - this time with some comic book cards. A fan of comics herself, I knew this set would be right up her alley. When I mentioned it to her in the days leading up to our shoot, she sent me a picture of her Spider-Man one-piece (pictured above) and I absolutely loved it!

My original plan was to bring some comic books, as I have done with some sets in the past. In all honesty though, I did not feel like lugging out any of my comic boxes to the shoot. As any comic book reader/collector will tell you, those damn boxes are heavy! I went with my comic card collection instead, bringing a few binders and loose cards.

In my opinion, whenever you can find something a model is into and use it as a set theme it always makes for a better set. Much like Carlin in her comic book set in the past, Lela's love of comics really came through here and all of my fellow comic fans are going to love seeing this one when it goes online.



As if those soles couldn't get any softer!


So, how do you make two very soft feet even softer? How about stockings and lotion? Well, the lotion wasn't really part of the set, but more on that later.

Seeking yet more variation in her sets, I decided to have Lela pull on some stockings for this one. We only had two sets remaining and I knew the final idea would not have lent itself well to stockings. (see image below)

After watching Lela straighten out the seams running up the back of her legs, along her soles, and over her toes, I was all too eager to shoot the beautiful sight before me. I've adored seeing women's legs in stocking since I was young - something I shared with Lela. Eventually, I believe, this led me to notice how pretty female feet are. And man, did Lela's look ever so adorable encased in those white seemed stockings!

I made sure to do a lot of photos with in the stockings before she pulled them off. I even did what I like to call the "best of both worlds" shots where only one foot is bare. I've had some requests for stocking sets lately and people were really loving the teaser shots I was posting on the site's Instagram account (@SolesofSilk).

Now, as far as the lotion is concerned, I made sure to give Lela's feet some massage time after those stockings were off. We quickly lost track of time and Lela mentioned that she could easily fall asleep to the pampering I was giving her feet. Although I was all for that, we still had one set left to shoot.



You thought her feet were sweet before...


Our last set of the day, well days as it was past midnight by this point, involved a peanut butter/chocolate cake I picked up at the grocery store just before the shoot. I mentioned the idea of doing a food smashing set a few days prior and she was excited by the prospect - even saying she loves doing them.

There isn't much description needed for what happened here though. The cake met its demise at Lela's feet all too quickly as the cake clung to those arches and globs were stuck between each and every toe. And when the set was coming to a close, Lela couldn't resist eating some of the cake - even doing it off her own feet. Neither of us had eaten for hours and it was just too tempting not to enjoy it.

By time we were finished it was incredibly late - after 2 a.m. I still had to get home to add the preview shots of Lela's St. Patrick's Day set to the site, so I said my goodbyes, all the while hoping that our paths cross again in the future. 

Lela was nothing but amazing during the entire shoot. Any photographer should feel lucky to have such a fun, creative model in front of their camera. I know I did and hope to do so again - maybe even doing some with Rachel DD too! Now that might be dangerous... or at least, very teasing!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - March 5, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Rachel DD takes a break from shopping to show off her little soles and bright teal toes on some nearby benches (55 images)





Video - Ashyln lays out on a foot bridge crossing a pond and lets us gaze upon her tiny feet (131 MB - 1080p HD)



Downloads (Avatars) - 2 avatars of Sara Swirls and Shayna have been added to the all new Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area