Thursday, January 18, 2018

Those Closest to K

I am someone who always likes to give my models as much credit and focus as possible when it comes to what they have done for Soles of Silk. This is why I have created the "K Clubs" when a model reaches a 1,000 photo mark. To this day, there are 14 models who have reached the 1K mark, two who have reached 2K, and one model who has gone on to hit 3K and 4K.

All that being said, there are a handful of models who are less than 100 photos shy from reaching 1K, and that model who's gone on to 3K and 4K is now just shy of 5K. I'd like to look at each of them, their current photo counts, how many photos they need, and the overall likelihood of them reaching it. Now, onto the models:



Ryan
Photo Count: 982 
# of Photos Shy: 18 (1K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Unlikely

It really sucks that Ryan is only 18 photos shy of 1K. We haven't shot since 2013, so she could have broke this mark a long time ago had she kept on the pace she was shooting at upon her debut. All of the sets that we did were shot between 2011 (when she turned 18) and 2013. If she was still shooting today at that pace, she would have probably become a 2K Club member and easily on her way to 3K.

I've learned to never say never, but going on five years now, I'm starting to lose all hope that Ryan will ever return. I don't know why, but she just never answers me when I have asked her about shooting more photos. If we had a falling out, apparently I wasn't informed.



Kaycee
Photo Count: 978
# of Photos Shy: 22 (1K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Foregone Conclusion

Being only 22 photos shy of joining the 1K Club, Kaycee's next update will add her to the ranks of the 1K Club. Kaycee already has a couple of sets waiting to be published, so her inclusion is only a matter of time.

Kaycee has been someone who, up until 2017, shot for me very regularly. We weren't able to get in a single shoot last year, but I had a bunch of sets of her to use that we had already done. It probably doesn't seem like she missed a beat at all to all of you. Still, I'd like to built up my Kaycee collection offline once again and have tons of content of her and those adorable feet. She wholeheartedly agrees.



Mindee
Photo Count: 4,974
# of Photos Shy: 26 (5K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Foregone Conclusion

Having shot 40 sets in 2017 and just having published the first of those sets in January, Mindee is not only well on her way to the 5K Club, but she has enough photos waiting to be published to put her into the 6K Club and even the 7K Club.

Mindee will break the 5K mark with her next update, which should come within a month's time. Be ready for another footography blog as well as the customary interview with Mindee on her last 1,000 photos.



Aspen
Photo Count: 949
# of Photos Shy: 51 (1K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Possibly

Had I written this a few months ago, I would have listed Aspen as unlikely instead of possibly. Late in 2017 I saw that Aspen was moving back to the area, so I reached out to her. She replied and we made some small talk. Long story short, she said she'd be interested in shooting once again, so hopefully that comes to pass. With only needing 51 more photos, a single set would put her in the 1K Club.

It's wild to think that Aspen shot all of her photo sets in slightly over a year's time frame. Had she kept on shooting at that pace, she'd be easily in the 2K Club by now and even chasing, or possibly passing the 3K mark. We were quite close and had lots of fun going out to shoot. I really miss her!



Emerald
Photo Count: 946
# of Photos Shy: 54 (1K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Foregone Conclusion

Before the summer of 2017 it had been three years since Emerald had last shot. We had done a number of photos, which I was slow to add to the site so that her appearances could be prolonged. Still, once the last set I had of her was published on May 4, 2016, I had no idea if Emerald would ever join the 1K Club. She was left sitting at 880 photos for over a year.

When Emerald reached out to me and was finally able to spare me some time, we made the most of it. I knew that we'd need two sets or more to put her into the 1K Club. We shot four solo sets and then a set with Mindee for a grand total of five on the day. Having only published one of these sets so far, it is a foregone conclusion that Emerald will be joining the 1K Club, and doing so with her very next update.



Jasey Rae
Photo Count: 944
# of Photos Shy: 56 (1K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Foregone Conclusion

When Jasey Rae shoots, we tend to do it in spurts. All those spurts have finally amounted to her being one set away from entering the 1K Club. I can remember when I thought that her original 150 photos from our first shoot would be all she did. Thankfully she shot for me again two years later and we've managed to keep doing so from time to time.

In all honesty, I'd really like to shoot with Jasey more moving forward. She always is a blast to have on camera and I love all the sets she's done. If I have it my way, she'll be like some of the other models who have passed 1K and are building up their photo counts for a future entry into the 2K Club.



Layla
Photo Count: 1942
# of Photos Shy: 58 (2K Club)
Likelihood of Joining: Unlikely

For seven years, Layla was one of Soles of Silk's most frequent models when it came to new shoots and sets being published online. Sadly, that is no longer the case and we have not shot since 2012. The outlook of her getting the 58 photos to be the third model to enter the 2K Club looks grim since she now lives many hours away. Still, should the chance ever arise that we could get together for a couple of sets, it'll only take one. I'll keep those fingers crossed!



Notable Mentions
Although Melani currently sits at only 443 photos as of now, she shot just under 1,500 photos in 2017 alone. With a special event planned for March, her photo count is going to rise quickly. She might not get to 1K in 2018, but she's already shot enough photos to be in the 1K Club once they're published. By the end of the year, I'd like to have enough photos in waiting to assure her entry into the 2K and even 3K Clubs at some point. Guess we'll have to try and shoot as much as we did in 2017.

Kelsey, who I was unable to shoot at all in 2017, is currently at 1,660 photos. She has over 200 photos waiting to be published. That still makes her about two to three more sets away from reaching 2K, but I'm pretty sure she'll make up for lost time shooting this year.

Those are the models who are closest to K. Hopefully some of my other models go on a tear in 2018 and I'll be writing about them on a list like this next year. Only time will tell.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Soles of Silk Update - January 17, 2018

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - Jasey Rae has some shiny and slick soles, along with her trademark, plump toes, after pouring baby oil all over her feet (71 images)


Videos - Charlee is a cereal killer and her feet show you that under a pair of feet, all cereals can become soggy (163 MB - 1080p HD)


Interview - 1 new 2017 Star Model interview with Melani has been added to the Interviews section



Contest (Trivia) - Enter for your chance to win free membership time by entering the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2017 Edition. Contest is open to members & non-members. Deadline to enter is Sunday, February 11, 2018. Good luck!



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Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Soles of Silk Wish List

Here we are, two weeks into 2018. So far things have been pretty easy going as far as Soles of Silk is concerned. It's been ice cold as of late and I shot so many photos in 2017 that I have been focused on getting some of those great sets onto the site. The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2017 Edition is underway and I have been getting some work in on things such as the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog

As for the next 11 months, there are a number of things that I'm hoping to accomplish that I'm sure many of you will enjoy. I'd like to share some of them with you as a wishlist for 2018. These are not the only things I'm hoping to see happen this year, but some of the more notable ones.

Talk about a threesome of models I'd like to have shoot together - Mindee, Alice, & Melani.

Threesomes are More Fun!
In 2016 Mindee had two threesomes - meaning three model sets of course! Get your mind out of the gutter! The first one was with Reese and Rein. The second, with her sister-in-law, Rilynn and Noelle. Both those sets were finally published to the site in 2017 and were hits with fans. Now that it's been a couple of years since I've last shot a threesome, I think that in 2018 I want Mindee in another one (lucky girl, huh?). The two models I want with her are Alice and Melani.

The whole idea of this set was sparked when Mindee and Melani were shooting Part 1 of the "Suite Teen Feet" series in December. Mindee had shot with both Melani and Alice in duo sets in 2017 and during that evening the three of us said how cool it would have been to have had Alice there too. I told them I'd mention the idea to her and maybe we could all make it happen in 2018.

Naturally, Alice loved the idea as much as Mindee and Melani did. I sure as hell love the idea too and I'm sure many of you do as well. If I can make it happen, I'd like to get the three of them together for an entire day of shoots. We'd do several trios and duos with lots of foot massages and teasing of the photographer throughout the entirety of what will surely be a day to remember.

I wasn't able to shoot with Kaycee one time in 2017. That's got to change!

Shoot A Wider Variety of Models
I just said how much I wanted to shoot Mindee, Alice, and Melani together. Well, those three are some of my most photographed models in recent years. In 2017, however, I had numerous regular models not even shoot a single set including Kaycee and Kelsey most notably. I want that to change.

I'm not saying I won't get in a bunch of sets with the likes of Mindee, Alice, or Melani, it's just that I want to make sure that other models don't totally miss out. It's not always easy finding time with some models due to schedules, but I'll try to push the issue as much as I can.

I recently met Mia Kay on Twitter. We're hoping to shoot together in the spring.

Find New Models
In 2017 I was able to land five new models, including Melani. Well, I want to keep that up and have some new feet on display in 2018. There are a couple of females I work with who might be up for it, as well as a few friends of my existing models. Furthermore, I've talked to a few people online who have expressed interest.

Mia Kay, who I met on Twitter (@MiaKayXXX), immediately caught my eye. I commented how much I adore her and she replied. From there, we have been carrying on a conversation about getting together in the spring for a day of shooting. I'm hoping to get in some sets of her on the beach and then perhaps retire to a hotel suite for the evening and get in some indoor shots as well. I'd love to make a day out of it and come away with lots of great content.

There are a couple of other models who I've also talked to about shooting, but they're not as close as Mia. Still, I'm hoping to maybe set something up with a few of them should either of us be in the other's region. I'll keep everyone posted.

Talked to Aspen briefly last month. Hope we can shoot again. It's been years.

Returning Models from Years Ago
In 2017 I was lucky enough to get both Charlee and Emerald back shooting after a three year absence. Now, since I shoot so many photos at once, and slow down on posting models who haven't shot recently to prolong their content, you might not of even known that they hadn't shot in that long. Still, I like to have all these wonderful ladies shooting whenever I can get them. Going years without shooting new content sucks.

Some of the models I'm really hoping to get to return this year include: Abby (3 years), Ashlyn (4), Aspen (5), Carlin (6), Cierra (3), Kayleigh (4), and Shayna (10). The reason I have named these models is because these are the ones I have actually spoke to, even slightly. They all seemed interested, although I'm sure not all of them will happen. Sadly, what some people say and do are always two different things.

Other models I'd love to see return, but haven't really heard anything back from whenever I've asked over the last year include: Amber (14), Amelia (3), Colleen (5), Mileena (6), Riley (3), Ryan (5), and Wendy (6).



Learn Adobe Muse & Streamline the Site
Yeah, this was on last year's list and didn't get done to the point I would have liked. I did get to play around and do some general learning of Adobe Muse, but setting up the site and doing a serious take on a redesign did not take place.

Although I did not physically begin laying out my new vision for Soles of Silk, I have been keeping notes on ideas that I'd like to implement. I want my update nights to be faster with less items to have to update. I'm thinking of ways to reorganize content and when I'm ready to move forward, I might be posing questions to you about my ideas. Hopefully I won't have this on next year's list.

Lux Lives (left) helped kick off the reboot of the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog.

Wu's Interviews & Columns Soft Reboot
It was a rough year for me in 2017 and sadly, one of the things that took a major hit was the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog and Columns Blog. At many turns I was promised interviews by foot models who then didn't come through. Whenever I'd ask about their progress, or even if they were still going to take part, I'd get no reply. Some of those models had no problems talking about other stuff on social media whenever I mentioned it too. They just totally blew me off when it came to those interviews.

Adding in the rough year I had with a family member's addition problems and I just didn't feel like sitting at the computer many nights and writing. It got to the point that I went ahead and let things coast until 2018, when I planned on a soft reboot.

Now that 2018 is here, Lux Lives has been published as the January 2018 interview. Her and her big size 11 feet demand attention and I'm so glad she was up for the interview. I've discussed interviews with several other people and have high hopes for the future. Sadly, a few others have already become ghosts whenever I ask how things are going. Due to this, I am going to post interviews every other month moving forward. That will make all interviews go up on odd number months. The Columns Blog will also be updated the same way, but done on even numbered months.

Alice's 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature reveal is the most viewed blog on the Soles of Silk Blog.

More Fun Blogs
Although the Wu's Feet Links blogs suffered in 2017, the Soles of Silk Blog was very active. A total of 139 blogs were posted in 2017, second only to 2014's 140 blogs. This is a trend I'd like to keep going.

Every year since this blog was launched, I have published over 100 entries. I like keeping everyone informed of all updates, the shoots I just wrapped up, and so many other news items. I also like to insert some fun blogs such as last year's series, "Dream Duos." I'm going to be keeping up with that as well as some "Models I Miss," which I began in 2016.

Also be prepared for a number of "Footography" blogs in 2018. For those of you who haven't seen one of these, they're blogs I do whenever a model joins one of the "K Clubs." Usually they're the 1K Club types (1,000 photos), but with Mindee in recent years, there has been a 2K, 3K, and even a 4K Footgraphy. A few models are only a few photos away from joining one of these clubs. When that happens there will be a footography for each one covering their last 1,000 photos.

In Closing
This year has the potential to be a great year all around. There are so many great sets already shot that are just waiting to be published. If 2017 was any indication, there will be a lot more shot in 2018 as well. I hope you enjoy everything coming your way as much as I do shooting it, editing it, posting it, and sharing it with all of you.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Soles of Silk Update - January 10, 2018

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - Mindee just came in from the cold and sits down to take off her coat, gloves, and most importantly, boots, and socks (82 images)


Videos - Mindee pulls off those thick black boots and warm gray socks to leave her feet bare after a day in the cold (180 MB - 1080p HD)


Interview - 1 new 2017 Star Model interview with Mindee has been added to the Interviews section



Contest (Trivia) - Enter for your chance to win free membership time by entering the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2017 Edition. Contest is open to members & non-members. Deadline to enter is Sunday, February 11, 2018. Good luck!



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Contest - Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2017 Edition


Deadline: Sunday, February 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Deadline for entry is Sunday, February 11, 2018. Any winners will be notified after this date.

- All entries must be submitted in English.

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

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

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

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

Trivia Questions

1-Point Questions (5 Total Possible Points)
1. Who was the July 2017 Wu's Feet Links feature model from Soles of Silk?

2. Which model appeared in a Fourth of July themed set on the beach with hot dogs in 2017?

3. Which model appeared in a shark themed set during TV's Shark Week in July 2017?

4. Which model joined the 1K Club in 2017?

5. Which model was the topic of an "11 Fun Facts" blog in July?

2-Point Questions (10 Total Possible Points)
6. This year marked the first time I have ever shot a mother and daughter combo. Name this combo and who is the mom and who is the daughter.
  • Mother ______________
  • Daughter ______________

7. What model appears in a set, shot and published in 2017, in front of roller coasters? Also, how many different coasters appear throughout the photos in that set?
  • Model ______________
  • # of Coasters ____

8. In Mindee's first new photos shot in 2017 (not published), which popular emoji was featured predominately in countless props throughout the set?

9. Who was the first model to shoot new photos for Soles of Silk in 2017? How about in 2016?
  • 2017 ______________
  • 2016 ______________

10. Which model appeared in my overall favorite set of 2017?

3-Point Questions (15 Total Possible Points)
11. Name all three models who appeared on the 2017 Star Models list, with the number of sets each one of them shot.
  • Name ______________ # of Sets ____
  • Name ______________ # of Sets ____
  • Name ______________ # of Sets ____

12. Alexa shot for me three different times in 2017. How many sets did she shoot each time we got together?

  • 1st Shoot: # of Sets ____
  • 2nd Shoot: # of Sets ____
  • 3rd Shoot: # of Sets ____

13. A total of 10 different models appeared in my 10 favorite sets of 2017. Some of those models appeared multiple times and others, just once. List all the models next to the number of how many times they appeared on the list: (Do not count honorable mentions)

  • 3 Times:  ____________________________
  • 2 Times: ____________________________
  • 1 Time: ____________________________

14. I took a picture of which model sleeping in my car during a foot rub, while she rested her head on a blue foot shaped pillow, and posted it to the site's Instagram and blog?

15. Name the models that appeared in both the first set and final set published to Soles of Silk in 2017:

  • First ______________ & ______________
  • Final ______________

4-Point Questions (20 Total Possible Points)
16. In January 2017, Soles of Silk reached ___ thousand followers. In December of 2017, it passed ___ thousand followers.

17. What model said the following quote in an interview for Soles of Silk in 2017? 

"I still do weird stuff with my feet. I massage my boyfriend with them all the time and I pick stuff up with them. So they're always into something weird."

18. Mindee passed which mark for total sets published onto the site in 2017: 60, 70, 75, or 80?

19. Camille walked around in shoes filled with which popular gummy treat in a set shot and published in 2017? Gummy Bears, Gummy Sharks, Gummy Worms, or Gummy Fish?

20. Mindee appeared in two different three model sets in 2017 that were published to the site. Name the models who appeared with her in each of those sets:

  • Set #1: Mindee, ____________ & ____________
  • Set #2: Mindee, ____________ & ____________

5-Point Questions (25 Total Possible Points)
21. Name all five models who debuted in 2017 in the order that they debuted.
  • 1st to Debut ____________
  • 2nd to Debut ____________
  • 3rd to Debut ____________
  • 4th to Debut ____________
  • 5th to Debut ____________

22. Name all five dream duos from the Dream Duo series from 2017, in the correct order:
  • Dream Duo #1 ____________ & ____________
  • Dream Duo #2 ____________ & ____________
  • Dream Duo #3 ____________ & ____________
  • Dream Duo #4 ____________ & ____________
  • Dream Duo #5 ____________ & ____________

23. Name all five (5) models who became three time Star Models in the retroactive Star Model blog series that focused on the years 2004-14.

  • Model 1: ____________
  • Model 2: ____________
  • Model 3: ____________
  • Model 4: ____________
  • Model 5: ____________

24. Name the model that Mindee is referring to in her following quote from a 2017 Soles of Silk interview: 

"She is such a sweet girl. In the beginning, being our very first meet, we both had to feel each other out. Once we opened up it was super easy. She is great and super fun. I could totally just be myself with smart ass comments and have fun teasing you. She jumped right aboard with a lick to my toes too! Loved it and can't wait to do it again!"

25.
 How many total sets were shot during 2017? (not published, shot)

25-Point Bonus Question (25 Total Possible Points)
Bonus. In Felicia's popsicle set, I watermarked the photos with her name appearing in five (5) different colors. How many times did each color appear in a watermark throughout that set? (A correct answer in each blank will be worth 5 points each for a grand total of 25)
  • Red _____
  • Orange _____
  • Purple _____
  • Green _____
  • Blue _____
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Soles of Silk Update - January 3, 2018

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - Alexa pulls off her black boots and socks to reveal her super soft bare soles (67 images)


Videos - Alice's big feet are super sweaty inside her black Chuck's, but she pulls them out to air them out in front of us (160 MB - 1080p HD)


Interview (Wu's Feet Links) - 1 new interview with Lux Lives has been added to the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog |Read Interview|


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Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Soles of Silk Year in Review

Now that 2018 is here, it is time to take a look back at the year that was 2017 on Soles of Silk. A lot of sets were shot this year, with a handful of models really making the most of multiple appearances. A handful of blog series saw a lot of user views here on the blog. Then you had so many great sets published to the site itself that people just loved. Do you see some of your favorite memories from 2017 here?


In January 2017 I added the set with Mindee & Kelsey to the site - one of my favorites of the year.

January
As is customary with the start of any new year on Soles of Silk, I began the year with a "2016 Year in Review," the annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest for 2016, as well as my "2017 Soles of Silk Wish List." I always enjoy taking a look back at the previous year and talking about things that I would like to happen for the brand new year. That is why you're reading this very blog!

At the start of 2017, Soles of Silk reach 18,000 followers on the site's Instagram account (@SolesofSilk). It really feels like that social media platform has taken off, especially since by the end of 2017, it cracked 28,000.

When it comes to photo sets published to Soles of Silk at the start of 2017, the most notable one came when the set above, featuring Mindee and Kelsey, was published. It was one I shot in 2016, but was waiting to add to the site. I knew it was going to be a hit. Both ladies are good friends of mine and I was finally able to get them together. I loved this set so much, you can currently find a photo from it serving as the site's splash page graphic - which I also placed onto the site the same week as this set.


Alice's second set of the young year was published on February 15, 2017.

February
Things were still a little slow in February. The biggest event of the month was the conclusion of the 2016 Trivia Contest (see blog: "Results - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2016"). There were some phenomenal scores from those who entered, and although entries poured in right off the bat, they tailed off the closer the contest's deadline drew near.

As for other notable happenings in February, Alice has her second set of the year published to the site. Why is this significant? Well, it set a pace for her that saw her with 11 total sets published during 2017 - the most of any model. She beat out Mindee by a single set. I don't know how it happens, but the number 11 has just become so synonymous with Alice. Obviously, her feet are a size 11. In her first two years shooting for Soles of Silk (2015 and 2016), she shot 11 sets each year. She didn't do that this year, but she in turn, had 11 sets published to the site itself. So crazy! I swear it's not planned!


For two years in a row now, Jasey Rae has been the first model to shoot for me.

March
For the second time in two years, Jasey Rae was the first model to shoot new sets for Soles of Silk. I have to give it to her, it wasn't the warmest outside when we did these early sets, but she was amazing nonetheless. I even got to see how awesome those plump toes and buttery soft soles looked dripping with oil. "See" being the key word. Never got to feel them! Jasey has got to be the most dedicated person I've ever shot when it comes to denying me foot rubs. I don't know how she does it because she knows from my one lucky time getting an extended foot rub in, how good I am at them. She said as much while those little feet were in my hands. Plus, she's had other models attest to that skill. Ugh! So frustrating, but strangely, fun at the same time!

It was during March that had a photo texted to me of Alice with two of her friends - both of who were set to model for me in 2017. Only one of them did (so far), but she was none other than Leah. That early preview showed me just how fun getting her and Alice together in the coming months would be.

Charlee and I talked for the first time for a while in March. We both agreed that it had been way too long since our last shoot and decided that 2017 was going to be the end of that drought. It very much was, as you'll see when you read on.


How fitting was it to have Melani debut with a baseball themed set and be my rookie of the year?

April
April was the month when Melani shot her first ever sets and made her massively popular debut. Barely 18 at the time, Melani was still in high school when she shot her first two sets - the second of which, was the baseball themed set above. She had a great time and said that she loved shooting. I told her that I'd love to shoot her again soon and she didn't wait to do so either.

One week later, Melani and I made a trip to Delaware and did a few more sets. We had plans to shoot several more, but some horrible traffic saw us get up there almost two hours late!

Also in April, another small footed model made her debut in Leah. What made Leah's size 6's look so much smaller, however, was that they were paired with Alice's size 11's in both sets. She's one Alice's friends who appeared in the teaser photo sent to me back in March. Their very first set shot was used for an Easter update and the other has yet to be published at the time of writing.

Loving to see feedback from her shoots, Alice decided to go and create an Instagram account (@Alice__Elevens) after this shoot and Leah did the same (@LoveLeah.x). Although not terribly active, both do check the accounts from time to time.

It was during the month of April that I also started the "Dream Duos" blog series. The first named duo? None other than Mindee and newcomer Melani. Little did I know, two months later, that duo would become a reality.


Mindee said I had a "shit eating grin" on my face when I was down in front of her and Alice's feet.

May
May was a month where my camera worked overtime! The biggest battery drain culprit came when Mindee shot 16 sets in two days during the "Suite Feet Saga." She was only supposed to shoot the one day, when we tried for 15 sets from one shoot. We fell short, but she returned the second day, along with an appearance from Alice, to shoot some more. I had other models planned that day, but both couldn't make it. I was so thankful for Mindee and Alice saving my ass.

Speaking of Alice, that was actually the second time we shot that month. She and I met up a week earlier and shot two sets where her feet got covered with stuff. The first set was some candy gel from a squirt tube. The second, some of the gooiest mud I've ever seen. A messy, but awesome day.

May followed up April with another new model as well. At the start of the month, Jasey Rae's friend, Alexa, bared her super soft feet for the first time. She had a blast doing three sets that day. She has a massive shoe collection, so she brought some along. We also got crazy and she stepped in a Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell for the final set. It's always so fun to see a model do a food set for the first time, let alone the first ever shoot. Alexa loved it and couldn't wait to shoot again, which she did several more times this year.

After two sets with Leah and Alice last month, I was finally able to secure Leah solo for a handful of sets. There was some great stuff done on that day as we came away with four sets. Could have probably done more, but Leah sure does love having her feet rubbed!

On the site itself, a milestone was reached during May. Mindee reached 60 total sets being published. This wasn't the only milestones she'd reach this year either. More on that in the coming months.


I was beyond excited, and happy, to have Charlee and her feet back in front of the camera.

June
I was born in June. It was only fitting that so many great things happened on the site during my birth month. The list is awesome and I had a hard time picking the perfect teaser image for June. Ultimately though, I went with a model who has meant so much to Soles of Silk over the years. That model is Charlee.

For the first time in three years, Charlee and I got to shoot some new photos. We didn't miss a beat either. We just work well together and Charlee always has a blast showing off her flawless feet. We got in four sets that day, and some much needed foot rub time, but it sure wasn't going to be the last time we shot in 2017. Nope. I missed her and those feet and we had lost time to make up for.

Alice is used to coming up big with her size 11 feet, but the month of June was massive for her. She had two sets go up in June, resulting in her joining the 1K Club (1,000 photos). Alice was the first model to reach the 1K mark since Jamie did so in 2014. I'm pretty certain that Alice is the fastest model in Soles of Silk's history to reach this mark. She also shot a couple of new sets during the month as well.

Charlee and Alice weren't the only models to get in some camera time in June though. Alexa shot again, only one month after her debut. Melani did several more sets, even teaming up with Mindee for two. Jasey Rae also snuck around an amusement park with me to do a shoot with her pretty feet in front of some roller coasters - something both of us love. One model, however, I was super excited to see and also managed to spare some of her very limited time for me in June.

Camille moved to the west coast not too long after her debut on Soles of Silk. I have been wanting to shoot new photos with her for some time and I got my first chance in June. She came home for about a week and she made sure to find me a day that we could go out and shoot. We managed four sets and I'm already hoping to see her again - maybe even by visiting her and getting in some awesome backgrounds from the opposite coast.

One last notable item happened in June 2017. For the first time since May 27, 2009, a three model set was published to the site. Mindee, Reese, and Rein had their squirt guns set posted and it even found itself on the blog, "My Favorite Sets of 2017."


This set of Alice is my most favorite set that I've ever shot for the site.

July
There was no way I wasn't featuring Alice for July's teaser. Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links feature set, "The SK8R Gal Who Wears Size 11 Skates" is my favorite set that I've ever shot. It has so much going for it in things that I like. Alice is beautiful and so fun loving. It has skates, which was something I had always wanted to use in a set, but never had. There was the thigh high socks with the rainbow stripes, and of course, those sweaty size 11 feet trapped inside. Add in all those things and the great poses, and awesome color pops we captured, and it makes the set tops for me!

During Shark Week on television, I went ahead and published the final set of the four Alice and I did at the beach. That meant that all four sets we shot had made it onto the site over the last two months. Every one of those sets were amazing and are some of the best work I've had from any model to date.

Alice still wasn't done, however. During July, Alice took part in a 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature interview. In the interview it covered her thoughts about being selected to represent Soles of Silk a year prior and even how we teased the set on a week-by-week basis leading up to its unveiling.

Oh yeah, Alice shot a few sets for me in July too. Yes, she was this active both in front of the camera, and off. She owned July!

Then there was blogs. I published a "Wu's Feature History - Alice (2017)" retrospective, and an "11 Fun Facts - All About Alice" piece. As you can see, she was everywhere this month.

In a month so focused on Alice, a major event took place. Mindee got her mom, Shelby, to shoot for the site. Naturally, I got the two together in a couple of sets. I never thought I'd get to shoot a mom/daughter combination, but sometimes amazing things come out of nowhere to surprise you. Thus far, we've only gotten together the one time, but I want to make sure we do so again in 2018.

Another model also debuted in July when Allie did her first ever sets. She was so shy, but was interested in shooting. I was so eager to have her and those little size 5's too. She came to me through Kaycee and Reagan. She had seen what they had done over the years and thought it might be fun. We made plans and got in a couple of sets in the only time we shot in 2017. I'm going to have to make sure I get her back in front of the camera again in 2018 as well.

Melani made sure to make her photo count rise during July as well. We got together twice, once in Washington, D.C. and then at Rehobeth Beach, Del. We had plans to shoot one other date that same week, but things fell through. It's okay though, she more than made up for it at the end of the year.

Reese also found some time for me in July, shooting for the first time in a year. Sadly, it would be the only time we found to shoot in 2017. She's got such pretty feet. I'm going to make sure she finds time for me in 2018.


Emerald's flawless feet were a welcome sight for me after not shooting with her for three years.


August
Charlee wasn't the only model who returned after a three year hiatus! Nope! Emerald and I finally found some time to shoot again in August. I really missed her and her adorable, super smooth feet. We made up for lost time, shooting four solo sets and then one with Mindee after those.

On the site itself, Allie made her debut after shooting her first sets at the conclusion of July. My favorite set of the entire year, Melani's watermelon set from Rehobeth Beach, was also published. I truly loved everything about that set!


Alexa was so eager to shoot each time we managed to in 2017.

September
September was a month where I tried to get in a bunch of shoots before the cold weather moved in. Alexa shot for the third time in her debut year. Jasey Rae did a set, although we planned on more. The weather was just too hot! Mindee shot for me two days in a row. Felicia got just one set again, for the second time of the year. Just like with Jasey, we planned more, but it was just too hot. And like I said above, Charlee found some more time and we got in four more sets.

On the site, I kept with the motions publishing some of the sets I had shot in this and prior years. Sets from Rilynn, Alexa, Alice, and Leah highlighted what members got to see.


We got a few looks shooting this set, but we didn't care.

October
No new sets were shot during October. I figured it was time to sit back and use up all the content I was sitting on for the rest of the year. Little did I know, that wouldn't be how it would go when December came. More on that later.

In October sets of Melani, Camille, Charlee, and Mindee made their way onto the site. Not having shot anything for Halloween, I decided to go with Camille's sour gummy worms set above. I loved that set so much. Those worms were so moist and squishy since she walked around with them inside her shoes, of course, without socks on. And yes, I was sure to grab a few of them to satisfy my sweet tooth during the set. Hey! I hadn't eaten for hours and was getting hungry! Don't judge.



No, not a new set at all! This photo represents the retroactive blogs that I wrote in November.

November
In November I began a retroactive blog series looking back at the site's early Star Models. The Star Model concept was born in 2015, when I named the three models who shot the most photos during the calendar year. While prepping for the 2017 installment, my curiosity got the best of me. I began going back and seeing who some of the site's Star Models would have been prior to 2015. I started seeing a lot of surprises and wrote up a small blog that encompassed 2004-14. Then I decided to trash that and give each year and the models who shot the most, an entire blog to shine.

If you didn't have the chance to check out these little blast from the past blogs, you can do so by going to the November 2017 tab on the right. It sure is a fun look at lots of great sets with lots of amazing models.


It is only right that Mindee & Melani capped off 2017 with a bunch of new sets.

December
The plan for December was to lay low and use some the countless photo sets I had in my possession. It wasn't to shoot 17 more sets, but that's what ultimately happened.

At the start of the month, Mindee and I decided to plan one last shoot to get her to the 30 mark. She asked if Rein could join us for a couple sets and I said sure. I hadn't got to shoot her all year, so that was good to be able to get in some photos of her too. By the end of the day, Mindee had gotten herself to 35 sets for 2017 - a number she was so happy with. If you want to see all the amazing sets we did that day, check out the "More Suite Feet" blogs, Part 1 and Part 2.

About a week later, Melani and I had made plans for more photos. She had a Monday off and I couldn't pass up more photos of my star, rookie model. What I hadn't planned on, however, was for Mindee to be able to swing by and get in on another set with her. We did that set first, which you can see above, and then Melani and I finished up the day with some more amazing solo sets. You'll want to read the "Suite Teen Feet" blogs, Part 1 and Part 2 to see all the samples from that memorable day.

Those two days were ones I'm so glad we squeezed in, especially after having all the sets turned out to be ones you'll probably see on future favorites blogs. The thing is, though, Mindee and I weren't done.

Sitting at 36 sets, after her team up with Melani, I told Mindee if she had the time before the holidays, I'd shoot four more with her to get her to 40. I honestly didn't think she had the time, especially since she was slated to go out of town for the holidays. Her response, however, was, "What are you doing Sunday?" 

I'll tell you what we did Sunday. We shot four more photo sets at Mindee's place and got her to that 40 mark (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Mindee & Her Quest for 40"). December's shoots also help her establish so many records, both for 2017 and her Soles of Silk career thus far. If you like looking at numbers, check out the blog, "Shooting Mindee in 2017 - Like a Broken Record."

And that is how I wrapped up December and an awesome year of great photos. Two of the site's three Star Models started the year strong, but ended it even stronger (see blog: "2017's Star Models"). I owe a lot to these two and can't wait to keep shooting with them here in 2018.

Looking Ahead
As you have read above, there is no way for me to predict the future for Soles of Silk. When I plan to lay low, I have a month like December. When November looks to be slow, I come up with a 10 part retroactive blog installment. Sometimes things just happen that way.

Hopefully Soles of Silk will see lots of new amazing sets and models in 2018. There is already a plethora of great sets shot and waiting to be published from all that happened in 2017. You won't want to miss out on that.

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