Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Soles of Silk Update - January 30, 2019

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - REMAKE: Esmerelda & Egypt pay homage to Madison's & Lauryn's 2005 Pillow Fight set with their 2019 remake to celebrate Soles of Silk's 15th anniversary


Videos - Esmerelda & Egypt tickle each other and whack each other with some pillows while on the bed together (234 MB - 1080p HD)


Interviews - 1 15 Year: My Memories Interview with Mindee has been added to the Interviews section


Downloads (Avatars) - 3 new avatars of Abby, Molly, and Kimmie have been added to the Celebrating 15 Years Avatar Series of the Downloads section

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday's Shoot - Melani

There are things that I have been looking forward to for a really long time. The build up has been immense. Sometimes it feels like its never going to end, but then it does... sorta.

Today I finally got to shoot with Melani for the first time since the end of 2017. After shooting 21 sets in her debut year, we went the entirety of 2018 without any new sets. We both were busy and had some things going on in life that just didn't make anything happen. Today, however, that wait ended. Again, sorta. 

I rented out an AirBnB for the day and our check in was set for 3 p.m. I never booked through AirBnB before, so this was all new to me. I was looking forward to it and had picked out a place that we both loved. A little modern, with splashes of color that I knew would come through so well in the photos.

After getting in the shower and putting everything together for the day's shoot, I had some running to do before picking up Melani at 2 p.m. There were a few props we still needed, but I also needed to tend to my tires. I had a low pressure warning pop up a couple of days ago, but attributed it to the cold weather. When I pulled over to put air in my tires on that day, the valve caps wouldn't budge. Only one of the four came off. The others were stuck! I thought they could be frozen.

Today it was a lot warmer than the last few days, so I tried to tug the caps off again. They wouldn't budge. They weren't frozen. Nope! It was worse. I squirted some WD40 on them and was able to get a second one off, but the two at the front of the car were locked in place. Well, until I snapped one of valve stems trying to get the caps off and all the air leaked out of my tire.

I was so mad! I didn't have time to tend to this. I had put out money for the AirBnB and I wasn't about to blow off Melani. No way! It's been too long and I love shooting her so damn much.

I called Melani and told her what was going on. She offered to drive, which was a major relief. I said left my car in front of my house, planning on dealing with it tomorrow instead. Melani pulled up at 2 p.m. and we grabbed the props we needed and were on our way.

We arrived at our townhouse right at 3 p.m. We made our way in and I began immediately setting up for the first shoot. Melani went and got dressed, although she was already wearing the majority of the clothing we were going to use for the set.

Melani's little feet after pulling off her boots and boot socks.

Today's first set saw Melani bundled up in some boots and boot socks. It's been cold outside and I think she looked adorable as hell in this attire. It makes me want to do nothing more than pull off her boots and boot socks and pamper her cold little feet for her seeing the photos we took. I'm sure many of you will feel the same. Nothing like pampering a pair of pretty feet fresh from socks and shoes. 

Even the shots where you can't see her feet in this set, with them covered completely in the socks and boots, she looked so damn cute. Check out the site's Instagram (@SolesofSilk) page for some samples of that. We did a slow tease before sharing a photo of her tiny feet. Melani's all about teasing, so it was only natural!

Once this set was finished, I moved the light kit upstairs to the bedroom. There was a bunch of color going on in the bedroom and I knew it would be perfect for the second set - a size teasing one with an inchworm plushie.

Melani is such a huge tease, especially to those "inchworms" out there.

As I said, Melani loves to tease. Not only does she like to show off her feet, knowing full well how much you want them, she also likes to put some fellas in their place - including the one in the room holding the camera. When I saw an inchworm plushie online, it inspired an idea. When I shared that idea, Melani was all about doing it. I found her a matching shirt and some other props to include to round out the set. One of those items was a foot shaped bug swatter. No need to put up with those little itty bitty tiny inchworms, right?

Melani went to town flashing a bunch of fun gestures to the camera here. She was enjoying herself to the fullest and loving the results. She wasn't the only one. I was teased beyond belief, but that's part of the game. She knew it and it only made it better.

During this set we sent a photo sample to a friend of Melani's who is interested in shooting for Soles of Silk sometime soon. She absolutely loved the shot and I can't wait to get the two of them together. I think I'll have two teasing models before me from what it sounds too. Torture? You bet'cha! 

With this set done, Melani and I began moving to our third spot for photos. Like earlier in the day when my valve stem snapped, however, we were about to face some bad news. Melani's mom, who recently had some surgery, was not feeling well. She called Melani, needing her to come home. She wasn't sure if she might have to go to the hospital. We quickly cleaned up what little mess we made and put the light kit away.

Melani felt so bad about having to end things early, but I understood and assured of that. Emergencies happen and family comes first. We are hoping to reschedule again, maybe even this coming Sunday. I really hope so. I even told her to just consider it one of her many teases. I hadn't seen her or those little feet in over a year, then got a little taste. Now I have to wait to see and pamper them some more. She liked that a lot and is embracing it.

It sucks that this day got started off on the wrong foot and ended on it as well. I'm just happy that in between I got to stare at, pamper, and photograph two of the cutest feet. Two wrong foots will never overshadow those two little feet of Melani's. I can't wait to reschedule with her as we have some other great ideas yet to come.
   

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Soles of Silk Update - January 23, 2019

This week's update includes the following items

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


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


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


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

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

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday's Shoot - Mindee (Monthly Shoot Challenge - January)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Soles of Silk Update - January 16, 2019

This week's update includes the following items

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


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


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

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Monday's Shoot - Princess Nikki (New Model)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nikki size teasing? Is water wet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Contest - Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2018 Edition


Deadline: Sunday, February 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- All entries must be submitted in English.

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

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

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

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

Trivia Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


  • Rilynn__________
  • Noelle__________


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

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

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

2018 Soles of Silk Year in Review

It is now 2019 and Soles of Silk is celebrating 15 years online. For the next 12 months, I will be taking a look back at the site throughout the years, but today I am going to focus solely on the year that was 2018. Compared to 2017, 2018 was a much slower year for me for numerous reasons, which I will get into down below. That being said, however, there were also a lot of great things that happened and warrant a look back at the year that was. Enjoy!


I was so excited to shoot Maya and her long toes this early on in 2018.

January
The year kicked off with Melani's New Year set, which was technically published on December 27, 2017. I thought she'd be the perfect person to celebrate the New Year since she was one of 2017's most photographed, and most popular models. Little did I know, however, we'd go the entire year not shooting a single new set.

Alexa was featured in the first update published in 2018 and was followed up by the likes of Mindee, Jasey Rae, Kelsey, and Camille. It's usually this time of year that I put the brakes on shooting new content and focus on getting up all the content I had been shooting in the warmer months. This year would be different, however.

Right before the end of the month, on Sunday, January 28, I shot the first brand new model for the site. Maya and her long toes finally made their way in front of my camera. If you wanna go back and look at the sets we did and find out a little more backstory about this beauty, be sure to read the blog, "Sunday's Shoot - Maya."

As with every year, The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest launched and I waited for the entries to come in before the February 11 deadline. They were slow to come in at first, but things picked up right before the end.


I spent a very long time on the ground rubbing all four of these overly lotioned feet.

February
I guess 2018 was going to be different with my early shoots. On Monday, February 5, I had my muse, Mindee, shooting her first sets of the year. She wasn't alone though. Nope. The lovely Reese was with her and I got in two sets and a whole lot of time rubbing their feet together. We also made quite the mess on Reese's dining room table. Be sure to read all about that evening in the blog, "Monday's Shoot - Mindee & Reese."

The trivia contest deadline arrived on February 11 and no perfect scores were to be had. I had a logjam of similar scores and only three points separated the two three-month prize winners from two of the three two-month prize winners. Overall, the scores were high, just no perfects in 2018.

A couple of days later it was time for Maya to make her debut. People were itching to see her, but I was holding off her debut for a special occasion - Valentine's Day. Needless to say, people loved her and loved her set. I knew Maya was going to be one of the site's new favorites.

Maya's addition to the site also got me thinking. What if Maya's long toes were shot right next to Alice's? That's when "Dream Duos #6 - Alice & Maya" became a reality. Talk about the perfect combo! I had to make this happen and it didn't take me long to get my wish!


All the March updates focused on Melani, as part of an event titled, "Melani's March to 1K."

March
The month of March would belong to Melani, but Alice and Maya made sure I gave their 20 long toes some attention first. On Sunday, March 4, the two of them teamed up for a couple of sets where I got to see my wish of having them shooting side-by-side. Being good friends, these shoots were so much fun. Read more about this awesome day in the blog, "Sunday's Shoot - Alice & Maya."

Now for the rest of the month. I ran the first of two, month-long events featured around one model in March. The first model up was Melani, in an event I titled, "Melani's March to 1K." Every week of this four week long event, I published a set featuring Melani. Since she had shot 21 sets in 2017, and we had planned on shooting a bunch more in 2018, I thought it would be a great way to get some of her sets online, while celebrating her and those 18 year old feet.

"Melani's March to 1K" was an overwhelming success. The outpouring of love for her was insane. Read what some of the people were saying in the blog I wrote reviewing the event, "Melani's March to 1K - Epilogue."


Audrey, the site's second new model of 2018, shot her first sets at the end of April.

April
April brought the first new model to join the 1K Club (1,000 photos). Jasey Rae reached the mark with the April 11 update. I was so excited to see her reach this milestone. She's a good friend and someone I want shooting for me for many years to come. I'd love to have her one day join the 2K Club as well. If you'd like to see how Jasey Rae reached the 1K Club, read "1K Club - Jasey Rae's Footography."

During the early weeks of April, I was talking with Charlee and found out that she had been living out of state, but was due to come back for a few days soon. Naturally, she wanted to see if we could meet up and I made sure to clear my schedule to make sure that happened. It had been too long since I saw my good friend and one of the site's most photographed models. Little did I know, however, I'd be getting another chance to shoot her in May. For the first shoot, read the blog, "Sunday's Shoot - Charlee" for more backstory and sample shots.

On the final day of April the site got its second new model of the year in Audrey. The two of us had never met and I was a little nervous going into the shoot. She turned out to be a great time and someone I really wanted to meet up with again. If you want to know more about how that day went check out, "Monday's Shoot - Audrey." It would take a few weeks, however, for any of Audrey's sets to make it onto the site as the second of two month-long events was slated for May.


May featured the month-long event, "May I Have More Mindee?"

May
The month of May was focused on Mindee, with the event, "May I Have More Mindee?" Like Melani back in March, I wanted to reward Mindee for all the sets she shot in 2017 (40) and to post a good amount of content we had shot. For the five weeks in May, I let Mindee pick sets to be used for some of the updates and I picked the others. The thing is though, we didn't just go with five sets. Nope. We did double updates each and every week for a grand total of 10 new sets added to the site.

During the "May I Have More Mindee?" event, Mindee joined the 5K Club (see blog: "5K Club - Mindee's Footography"), an honor that was timed to be part of this event from the start. Also tied into this celebration of Mindee was the Mother's Day update on May 9. That update saw Mindee in a set with her mom, Shelby. That set ultimately found itself as my favorite of 2018 (see blog: "My Favorite Sets of 2018"). For a nice recap of the "May I Have More Mindee?" event, read "May I Have More Mindee? - Epilogue."

During this month-long event, I was able to get in a couple new shoots as well. The first of which was with Charlee (see blog: "Monday's Shoot - Charlee"). This marked the second and final time we shot for the year. Still, she got in a good number of sets within those two days, landing her third place on the "2018 Star Models" listing. The second shoot was with newcomer, Mia Kay (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Mia Kay").


Ava & Carmella shot their first sets and debuted at the end of June.


June
On June 6, Audrey finally made her debut. Even though she shot back in April, with the "May I Have More Mindee?" event taking place in May, her update was held until the first update of June. When she debuted, it marked the site's 100 model (see blog: "Keepin' It 100... For a Week, Anyhow"). The site wouldn't sit at 100 for long, however, as Mia Kay's debut came on June 13.

June would actually go on to see a total of four new models debut in succession. After Mia Kay, Ava and Carmella would also debut, with both also shooting their first sets in June (see blog: "Monday's Shoot - Ava" & "Monday's Shoot - Ava & Carmella").

It was also during the month of June that a 10-part blog series kicked off, titled, "1000 Toes In: The First 100 Models of Soles of Silk." In the series I looked at the first 100 models on the site in groups of 10 at a time. It was a lengthy series since I shared a lot of information about each and every model.


Jasey Rae was the July 2018 Wu's Feet Links Feature Model.


July
On the Fourth of July the site's update featured Emerald. Other than being published on an important holiday here in the United States, the update also saw Emerald join the 1K Club (see blog: "1K Club - Emerald's Footography"). The very next week, on the July 11 update, Kaycee would join her as she entered the 1K Club too (see blog: "1K Club - Kaycee's Footography"). It was nice to see both models reach that milestone. Their work has been stellar over the years and I enjoy each and every shoot I get to do with the both of them.

During the week of the Fourth of July, I also tried to have a 2018 version of the Hot Feet Week seen in prior years. Due to excessive heat and some computer problems, however, my plans fell way short of the intended plans. I was able to secure shoots with Abby, Mindee, Alice, and Leah, but plans with Audrey, Kayleigh, Ashlyn, Colleen, Kaycee, and Mileena fell through (see blog: "Heat Waves, Video Cards, Blisters, & Car Accidents... Oh My!").

Perhaps the biggest thing to take place during the month of July, however, was Jasey Rae shooting two sets, including the 2018 Wu's Feet Links Feature, "Captain of the All-Tease Cheer Squad." The set was full of bright colors and some memorable shots. Jasey owned this set and is one of her best!


Mindee and I went on vacation together again, riding a bunch of new roller coasters.


August
To kick off the month I met Esmerelda for the first time, shooting her two days in a row. We got in some really good sets and I made a wonderful new friend. We even got the cops called on us on Day 2, which I won't ever forget (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Esmerelda" & "Monday's Shoot - Esmerelda").

By mid-month, things began to slow down for me. I didn't really need any new photos as I was sitting on about 100 unpublished sets. I focused on getting those onto the site, but I was also making plans with Mindee to go on a vacation. Needless to say, roller coasters were involved and I did end up bringing my camera. I can never say no to shooting Mindee, so adding in three more sets with her was just fine by me (see blog: "Vacation Shoot - Mindee"). These would be the last new photos I would take until December.


The ever so adorable, Leah saw new photos go up during the month of December.


September
In September I kept on focusing on getting up a lot of the unpublished sets I mentioned above. Leah, Melani, Audrey, Rilynn, and Noelle saw content posted to the site. Other than that, my main focus was trying to get the "1,000 Toes In" blog series finished. Being as long winded as I can be at times, that series was taking longer to finish that I had anticipated.


The site's Instagram followers hit the 40K mark in October.

October
During October, Camille, Mindee, Charlee, Felicia, and Alice all had content published to the site. Not getting to shoot a Halloween themed set to finish off the month, I realized I had an opportunity to publish a set I have been just itching to add for some time. That set was Mindee's and Alice's Keys and Locks set. I saw the term "Locktober" thrown around a lot on Twitter, so I figured it would be the perfect way to end the month. Apparently "No Nut November" was a thing too, so I'm guessing Mindee and Alice never found the proper key for the locks?

In October the Soles of Silk Instagram account (@SolesofSilk) reached the 40,000 follower mark. I wrote a few blogs to commemorate the occasion including, "Thanks For 40K on Instagram," and "Facts About the Top 40 at 40K."


Alexa's muddy feet look so adorable!

November
Nothing of note really happened during November. I added sets of Leah, Alexa, Ava, and Emerald to the site. I also talked with shooting Riley and Kaycee for the first time in a long time. Plans ultimately did come through with Kaycee, but that would happen in December.





December
Talk about going out with a bang! The way things were going over the last few months, I had every intention of just keeping up with posting existing content to make way for new sets in 2019. Little did I know, however, that I'd end up shooting six different models!

Up first was Esmerelda. She was coming back to the region and wanted to know if I'd like to meet up. I told her yes, but said to her I was good on sets. We were just going to hang out and go find something to get into. That was the plan. What happened, however, was me shooting her and a brand new model named Egypt. I had a blast with these two and being at their feet for the day was quite memorable (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Esmerelda & Egypt").

The second shoot was also a multi-model shoot and also featured a debuting model named Dolly. For months, Mindee joked with me that her grandmother wanted to do a set with her and her mom, Shelby. Now, I had shot Mindee and Shelby together before and people loved it. I can't say I ever envisioned shooting a mother/daughter set, but now I had a chance for three generations by adding Mindee's grandmother to the mix. I went for it and had another memorable day. (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - 3 Generations: Mindee, Shelby, & Dolly").

The final shoot of the year came right before Christmas when Kaycee returned. It was her first shoot in two years and I really missed her and those adorable feet. We got in some amazing sets and I made her promise that we wouldn't wait long to shoot again. (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Kaycee").

In addition to the new shoots, a couple of milestones happened in December as well. Mindee kept on moving, reaching the 6K Club, (see blog: "6K Club - Mindee's Footography") and Melani became the latest model to join the 1K Club (see blog: "1K Club - Melani's Footography").

Before the year wrapped up, I took a look at the "2018's Star Models," and "My 10 Favorite Sets of 2018." Those blogs have become a popular read each year and ones I look forward to writing.

Mindee's remake of Lauryn's 2004 Waffles set kicked off 2019.

Looking Ahead
So, what does 2019 have in store? Well, by the looks of it, some new photos. This weekend I have plans to meet a model I have been itching to shoot and add to the site. Yup, a new model, but one many of you will probably be familiar with. Sadly, however, they're calling for snow this weekend, so I hope things aren't too bad to travel. I am also planing something with Melani since we didn't get in anything in 2018 at all. She's long overdue!

As many of you have seen by now, there will also be ongoing updates celebrating Soles of Silk being online for 15 years in 2019. I have a lot of great things planned, some of which made its way onto the site with the first update of the year. If you didn't read up on some of what's coming your way, these two blogs will catch you up (see blog: "15 Year Celebrations - Remasters" & "15 Year Celebration - Remakes"). There will be a lot more coming your way, so check this blog for all the latest news.


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