Thursday, December 28, 2017

My Favorite Photo Sets of 2017

It's the end of 2017 and it's time to once again list my 10 favorite sets of the year. These blogs are always fun, but challenge me beyond belief! Trying to compile a year's worth of content into just 10 favorites and then take those 10 and rank them in order... Yeah, it's hard!

This year I tried a new approach. I began compiling my list in June in draft form. Every few updates I'd return and add in new sets and bump out others. It seemed to be working a little better for me doing it that way, but the hardest part still remained. What order to put the 10 favorites into? Well, I think I finally got it - even though I changed a set here last minute before publishing. Ugh... I loved so many of them!

Before I get into this year's list, I want to remind everyone that they will not see Alice's 2017 Wu's Feet Links feature set, "The SK8R Gal Who Wears Size 11 Skates." I never include my feature sets on these lists because they are already something I consider to be the best of the best when it comes to Soles of Silk. I prefer to let them shine on their own and feature them as such.

Now, onto my favorite photo sets of 2017:

10. 6 Soles or 6 Shooters?
Model(s): Mindee, Reese, & Rein
Published Date: June 21, 2017

Until 2017, I had only shot one three model set in the site's history. That came at the end of 2008 when Kimmie and Kellie got their friend Keira in on a set with them. When Mindee got her friends Reese (center) and Rein (right) to shoot for me in 2016, I saw the opportunity to do one again and jumped on it. Since I like to establish my models in their own solo sets first, however, this team up was held onto and not published until 2017.

I knew that people were going to love seeing this set once it was published. It's often hard for me to sit on something that I know people will love. It's even worse since I preview all of my sets in shoot blogs, here on the Soles of Silk Blog. People asked when this would be published and they finally got to see it in June. I held onto it until the weather warmed up too, just prolonging that tease. From all of your responses, you seemed to love it just as much as I did.

9. Lick Leah!
Published Date: September 27, 2017

One thing I realized right away when shooting Leah in her debut with our mutual friend, Alice, was that she was very energetic, fun, and loved having attention paid to her feet. I liked her and couldn't wait to shoot her solo. Well, that chance came shortly after that debut and we got in a few fun sets to go along with that personality of hers.

As I have done in the past, on the day of the shoot above, Leah and I walked through the store and looked for some props that we might want to use in a set. We saw the emoji shirt, hat, and shorts and I got the idea to pair them up with a pair of rainbow striped thigh high socks. Just like Alice had worn in her 2017 feature set, Leah could wear a pair in this one. Since the two of them were friends, I thought it would be the perfect way to tie the sets into each other in a loose manner.

Needless to say, Leah had a blast with this set. She pulled those socks from her feet every which way possible. They ended up in her teeth, pulled up over her head, and then stretched out around those tiny feet of hers once she had them off. Add in the fact that those little feet were all nice and warm coming out of those socks and I was already in love before I got to review the set on my camera. Once we did review them, it only confirmed what I had already thought - that this set was adorable!

8. Oh So Slick Soles
Published Date: August 23, 2017

It had been three years since I last shot Emerald before the summer of this year. When we finally got together, I made the most of it getting in four sets before doing a fifth with Mindee to end the day. While shooting her solo, however, we did some great sets - which only the set above has been published thus far.

Now, I've done baby oil in sets countless times with numerous models. It's always a good fall back for a simple, quick set without much planning. For some reason, I often have really good results when one of my models gets their feet all slippery and shiny. Emerald's efforts resulted in one of those sets and one that I even think is better than many of those I've loved from previous years. I got great poses and caught the shine just right in these shots. If you're a fan of baby oil on feet, I'm sure this one was a favorite of yours as well. 

7. Plump & Plush Piggies
Model(s)Kelsey & Jasey Rae
Published Date: May 3, 2017

This was a team up I had been wanting since Jasey Rae debuted in October of 2013. She loves her plump toes just as much as I do. I have expressed how much I love chubby toes to her more times than I can count, so I always wanted to see her's paired up with Kelsey's pudgy piggies. And oh yeah, why not add some plush piggies to the mix?

Overall, there wasn't much to this set other than the three of us going to a tennis court in front of a colorful mural. Where this set lacks in theme, however, it sure does make up for in poses. Watching these two stack their feet, put them side-by-side, and press their toes together was a wish come true for me. I really hope that this was not a one-off and I am able to make this happen again one day. I wouldn't be surprised if any newer sets also find their way onto future installments of 10 favorite photo sets of the year blogs.

6. Neon Socks
Model(s)Mindee & Kelsey
Published Date: January 25, 2017

Speaking of team ups that I had always wanted to make happen, Mindee and Kelsey was always high on that list. These two are two of my longest term models, as well as most photographed. Add in the fact that they've been friends for years and it's a mystery to me as to how I never got this to happen before 2016.

As they say, good things do come to those who wait, though. As you can see by the early publish date of this set, I shot this one in 2016 and held onto it for a few months before publishing. It was hard. It really was. I ultimately loved this set so much that I also made it the front page graphic of Soles of Silk.

Everything about this shoot from the day we shot it to the results is something I'll never forget. I love these two ladies and consider them some of my best friends. I'm going to make sure that this pairing happens again, especially if it's going to turn out anywhere as good as this one did.

5. 18 y/o Celebrates 2018
Published Date: December 27, 2017

A late addition to this list, coming in the site's final update of the year, Melani brings in 2018 with her 18 year old feet. The color in this set alone made things memorable to me, but it was Melani herself who had me in awe.

Truth be told, I think Melani is gorgeous. When I saw her in her rainbow attire and her Happy New Year crown, waiting for me to turn on my camera and start the set, I already knew this one was going to be good. Sometimes you just know and Melani and I were already in a great flow, getting some awesome results from previous sets that day. In this one she had so much fun using the props and coming up with expressions that made many of the photos even better - like the one shown above. 

I couldn't think of a better person to help me bring in 2018 than someone who was so integral to 2017. Melani is one of the site's Star Models of 2017, shooting 21 total sets (see blog: "2017's Star Models"). Of those 21 sets, this isn't the only one you're going to see on this list either. Keep on reading to see what other ones (yes, that's plural) I found to be favorites of 2017 as well.

4. Fourth of July Wiener Fest
Published Date: June 28, 2017

The day that Alice and I went to the beach to shoot her Wu's Feet Links feature set we also did three other sets. At one point in time, during the ongoing weeks of me updating this list, all three of the sets were among my top 10 here. Ultimately, however, I swapped things in and out and this was the one set that remained.

With her big size 11 feet, Alice has no problem telling everyone how much "size matters." So when I got the idea in my head to play off that saying with some hot dogs for the Fourth of July, I asked Alice what she thought. She loved the idea, so we decided to do that at the beach as well.

I can't say enough about how Alice is truly the one who made this set click! Sure, the idea was mine, but she had the greatest expressions, going from laughing, to disappointment, to glee! She let you know those bite-sized dogs sure didn't cut it... Well, that was before she cut them up, that is!

3. Home Team Teen Feet
Published Date: April 12, 2017

At the end of March I reached out to Melani, a friend and former coworker, to see if she would be interested in shooting for me. She had recently turned 18 and was now finally able to bare those tiny feet of hers for me. It was something she wanted to do before she was old enough as she learned of my site through Camille, as the two of them are good friends. Luckily for me, Melani was still very much interested.

Shooting so early in the year I decided to go ahead and theme a set to baseball since Spring Training was wrapping up and the regular season was just getting underway. I asked Melani if she wanted to do a set themed to our home team and she was totally down.

We kept things simple on her first day, but seeing Melani in her over the knee socks and bright orange shirt made my realize that I had a star in the making. As I shot the set, it all but confirmed it. She looked so damn adorable. I knew people were going to love this set. I turned out to be 100 percent right on my assessment too and I even made the photo above into the site's header bar inside the members section. Still, Melani managed to do a set that I loved even more than this one!

2. Mommy & Daughter Day at the Pool
Model(s)Mindee & Shelby
Published Date: July 19, 2017

I've shot close to 100 models for Soles of Silk. Until 2017, however, I had never shot one of my model's mothers, or one of their daughters, let alone a mom/daughter team up. That changed in July.

I still remember Mindee sending me a text telling me that she has a surprise that I'm going to love. Somehow I sensed that she had talked her mom into shooting, but I quite honestly didn't think Mrs. Shelby was going to go through with it. She did.

I managed to get in two sets of Mindee and Shelby together the only time I've gotten to shoot them together thus far. The set above is the only I've published at the time of this blog, but it's the one I knew was going to be money! Seeing both of their feet in the kiddie pool, all wet and even pruning up by the end of the shoot, was amazing. I loved how they got matching polish and that they have matching tattoos on their feet. Heck, they even wore matching shirts. This set was just too damn cute!

1. Watermelon!
Published Date: August 2, 2017

Now typically, pulling off a mom/daughter combo would land at the top spot on achievement alone. Melani, however, did a set that I consider to be one of my all-time favorites. This is that set.

The idea for this one came from me walking through the store and seeing a pair of watermelon flip flops. From there, I looked over and saw a watermelon towel. Then I looked up and saw a watermelon boogie board. That's how the set was born. I grabbed all those items as well as the watermelon bag and pillow and checked out. Once I was out in my car I took a photo and sent it to Melani and said I had an idea for her and to guess what it is. Obviously she knew it was watermelon, but then I added that I also wanted her smashing some under her little feet and doing it at the beach. She loved it!

With so many props and planning going into a shoot, sometimes that's when things don't go exactly as planned. Our day at the beach, the day this was shot, was one full of hurdles, but for some reason, everything about this set came out better than I ever could have hoped.

Melani looked simply stunning in her bikini. It only took us about two hours to find a pink one at the beach (strange, huh?), but we did and it was nice and bright! Add in all the other bright pinks and greens and the soft blue sky and the colors were on point. 

Once Melani stuck her feet into the watermelon, however, it all came together. Her little feet got all wet and juicy and shined in the hot summer sun. She said it felt good smashing between her toes too. You could tell she was having a blast while shooting this and it showed throughout all the photos.

Like I said above, it truly takes a set like this one to beat out a mother/daughter combo set. Melani's watermelon set is one of my all-time favorites. It truly ranks right up there with Alice's 2017 feature set.

Honorable Mentions (9)
: Eat Me Wet - Alice, Shark Bites - Alice, Selfie-Stick, Alice, Stocking Swap - Mindee & Cierra, Melting Popsicles - Felicia, Water Balloon Bust - Felicia, Marsh Bench - Kelsey, Pipe Bridge - Mindee, Transportation Walk Fountain - Mindee, Chalky Soles - Mindee, Rilynn, & Noelle.

I'm certain that some of your favorite sets made it onto this list too. Which ones of these did you also enjoy? How about sets I didn't pick? Any sets from 2017 that I missed out on that you'd put on your top 10 listing? Let me know.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Shooting Mindee in 2017 - Like a Broken Record

Numbers... numbers... numbers...

Sometimes I find it fun to look at the different statistics of my models over a certain time span. Whether it be in a year, like I do with my Star Model blog series, or over the course of their careers, like I do with the 1K, 2K, and so on Clubs, I just like recognizing their accomplishments. Well, in 2017 one model totally broke records and set marks that I don't know if anyone will be able to surpass - both in a calendar year, or even career. That model is Mindee.

This blog details all the records she passed this year as far as shoots go. I didn't go into her published records, just what she's shot overall. I might do another one of these looking at her published count, but I haven't gone in and looked at all those numbers yet. For now, let's look at these records for photos and sets shot:

During her most recent shoot, Mindee surpassed 30 photo shoots in a single calendar year.

Single Year Records
I would have never believe that Mindee and I would go on to shoot as many photos as we did in 2017. I've often said I could shoot Mindee every day, if I could. I guess this year proved that I wasn't lying. Even with as many photos as we managed to do, I still would cherish seeing those size 8's in front of me right now with my camera in hand. That being said, here's what she accomplished just this year:

40 Solo Sets - As I just stated, Mindee was forever finding time for me to shoot in 2017. She shot sets alone as well as a good many with other models. If she had the time, she was finding it for me and shooting as much as she could. Just under half of her sets came from the "Suite Feet Saga" back in May when she shot 16 sets in two days. Those two days alone would have tied the record she set in 2015 when she earned the top spot as a Star Model (see blog: "Soles of Silk's 2015 Star Models").

When adding up other sets done up through the start of December, Mindee was happily sitting at 35 sets. We thought that would be where she ended up, but then she went and did a set with Melani during the "Suite Teen Feet" series, which put her to 36 sets. Being only four sets shy of 40, we decided to just go for it and met up right before the holidays and nailed them out.

9 Multi-Model Sets - I enjoy shooting multi-model sets, but it isn't always the easiest thing to do with having to match schedules to three, or more people. In 2017, Mindee and I had some luck, however, as she managed to do nine total team ups with the following models: Alice (1), Melani (3), Shelby (2), Emerald (1), and Rein (2).

In May, Mindee shot with her 10th different model, Alice. She'd also shoot with two more in 2017.

Career Records
You want to know what's even crazier than all the numbers you just read? Take a look at the ones below. These are Mindee's career numbers as of 2017. Being the only model from the site's launch to consistently still shoot for me, she's managed to build up quite the foot fetish portfolio!

+80 Solo Sets - No one comes close here. No one! The next closest model to Mindee in career solo sets shot is Cierra, with 33. After that, Charlee and Jamie each have 28 apiece. In all honesty, this has technically been a record Mindee has held and been adding onto since mid-2015. She currently sits at 84 solo sets and counting.

+20 Multi-Model Sets - Mindee is always good for a team up, as you read above. Whether it's with one of her friends, or even someone she's meeting for the first time, she's ready to put her soles right next to some others. As of 2017, Mindee has now been a part of more than 20 sets featuring more than one model - 22, if you want the exact count. Of those sets, 20 have been two model sets and two were three model sets.

+10 Models Shot w/ in Multi-Model Sets - Another record that doesn't come close. As of 2017, Mindee has shot with the following models (in order of appearance): Mariah (set lost), Cierra, Marcy, Emerald, Kelsey, Reese, Rein, Rilynn, Noelle, Alice, Melani, and Shelby. That's 12 models and counting and I'm sure this list will continue to grow. Mindee and I have discussed shooting with the likes of Abby, Kaycee, and Jasey Rae, just to name a few.

+100 Total Sets - When you count all of her solo sets with the sets she's done with other models, Mindee's total overall set count passes 100, at 106 at the time of this blog. Again, Cierra is next closest with 38 sets when you combine her solo and multi-model set counts.

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Soles of Silk Update - December 27, 2017

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - Melani celebrates 2018 with her 18 year old, size 6 feet, inside a pair of rainbow fishnet thigh highs, before she bares those soft soles of hers for all to see (70 images)

Videos - Melani tugs her rainbow fishnets from her legs and feet as she celebrates the New Year (204 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Wallpapers) - 1 new wallpaper of Melani has been added to the Wallpapers Gallery of the Downloads section

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Soles of Silk - 2017's Star Models

Every year since 2015 I have named a trio of what I've come to call, Star Models. Star Models are the models who shot the most photos during the calendar year. Earlier this year, my curiousity got the best of me and I went back and did a retroactive series of blogs looking at the site's Star Models from 2004-14. With every year now covered, it's time to look at the year that was 2017.

I have to say, 2017 was a strange year. I didn't shoot a ton of models, but the ones I did shoot, shot quite a bit. Some of my regulars, such as Kelsey and Kaycee, models who were featured as Star Models during the last two years, didn't shoot a single set in 2017. Most surprisingly, Alice, who has shot 11 sets each year she's modeled her size 11's for the site, earning a Star Model spot both years, is absent from this year's list. For those of you who are curious, while she did model in 2017, she only managed to find time to do seven sets.

So who made this year's list? Well, two newbies actually. All three models this year shot into the double digits for their sets. Alexa came in with 10, which is just one shy of the record Alice set for a brand new model back in 2015. Melani, however, went ahead and shattered that record this year with 21 sets. Those 21 sets beat both a rookie record as well as Mindee's 2015 record of 16 sets shot in a year. Just when you think that Melani is now the site's record holder, Mindee went and shot 40! Yeah... 40! Without saying anything else, let's going into detail on each of these three ladies - the 2017 Star Models:

3. Alexa
Debuted: 2017
# of sets posed for in 2017: 10

Back in 2010, Jamie debuted on Soles of Silk and went on to shoot 10 sets. At the time, she was the first and only model to ever reach double digits when it came to sets shot in a calendar year. While this would happen several times over more recent years, Jamie was the only rookie model to shoot 10 or more sets until Alice's 2015 debut when she shot 11. Now Alexa joins the double digit debut club, if you will, with her 10 sets shot in 2017. Another model, the one featured below, also accomplished this in 2017, but more on her in a bit.

Alexa and I didn't know each other prior to our shoot. The most we had done was text one another after a mutual friend, Jasey Rae, put us in touch. Boy, am I glad she did! Alexa and I hit it off almost immediately. I joked around and made sure the mood was light during her first ever sets, but by the end of her first day, she was smashing a Mexican pizza from Taco Bell out in public. And yes, a few people did manage to walk by during that set.

It didn't take long for Alexa to tell me that she couldn't wait to shoot again, which we did two more times in 2017. Each time we shot three to four sets and I came away with some great content, including the site's upcoming update on January 3, 2018. Alexa just loved being in front of my camera and shooting her was fun each and every time.

We weren't the only ones who enjoyed the shoots we did together, though. Many of you did as well. Alexa got such a positive response whenever I published one of her sets to the site, or a teaser to Instagram (@SolesofSilk). I'm sure, however, that those same people would much rather have had those super soft soles of hers in their hands like I did. Yes, I'm totally bragging right now! Don't blame me though... Alexa loves those rubs just as much as I do.

2. Melani
Debuted: 2017
# of sets posed for in 2017: 21

Want to talk about a debut? Jamie's 10 sets in 2010 was awesome. Alice's 11 sets in 2015 was phenomenal. Alexa shooting 10 in 2017 was amazing. Melani shooting 21 in 2017, however, was just mind-blowing! That number practically doubles that of Jamie, Alice, and Alexa. And the funny thing is, she could have had even more!

I used to work with Melani when she was just a teenager. She found a new job a little over a year ago and we lost touch for a bit. Melani was friends with Camille, when we worked together, and knew about Soles of Silk through her. The two always joked about shooting together one day when Melani turned 18. Well, she finally did and I reached out to her shortly thereafter. She told me that she still very much wanted to shoot and she debuted with an awesome baseball themed set that made her an instant hit on the site. From there, we went on to shoot a few weeks later and she just got better with each and every shoot.

Melani didn't go too long without shooting new sets early on. We even traveled out of state on three occasions to get some unique locations - including the watermelon themed set shown above, done at Delaware's Rehobeth Beach. We also made our way down to Washington, D.C. as well as another location in Delaware.

When I struck up a conversation toward the end of the year with Melani, she mentioned that she really wanted to shoot again. It had been a few months since our last shoot and she was itching to get some more camera time. I was itching to shoot her again too! I went ahead and rented out a hotel suite and shot six more sets, which pushed her over the 20 set mark - something no model had ever done until this year. It would have been the most ever, had Mindee not went berserk and shot 40. More on her in a bit.

Speaking of Mindee, Melani's set count this year also includes three sets with Mindee. The two were awesome together and I just loved seeing one of the site's newest and longest term models together. You won't want to miss any of the sets with these two together when they're published, believe me!

Even with all Melani shot in 2017, she probably could have hit 30 if it were not for a few hiccups with our scheduling. We ran into a few snags with things coming up on the days of several planned shoots. We also got rained out a couple of times on top of that. It's crazy to think what all we could have also done plus all the great things that we did do. I guess we'll just have to make up for that in 2018, huh? And yes, we're already talking about a few ideas and can't wait to get them in. The biggest of which, will be a Wu's Feet Link's feature model set I asked her to shoot. That's right, Melani is poised to be the model to represent Soles of Silk in 2018. You're reading it here first!

1. Mindee
Debuted: 2004
# of sets posed for in 2017: 40

Someone check Mindee for performance enhancing drugs! If photo count records were as prestigious as sports records, Mindee smashing the previously held record in this manner would call for an investigation. Already setting the previous record of 16 back in 2015, that number has all but been obliterated now. Hell, she even just missed doubling up Melani's record breaking 21 set number above. It's just crazy to think about, but it was so much fun making this record happen!

I shot with Mindee so many times this year. The majority of her 40 sets came during a two day span back in May. On May 30, 2017 the "Suite Feet Saga" took place. Mindee shot 13 sets in a single day, falling short of doing the 15 we playfully proposed in the days leading up to the shoot. When Jasey Rae and Kelsey couldn't make it during the second day, Mindee rescued me by coming back to do more. We even got Alice to stop by and join her in a set too.

As you read above, I was also able to get Mindee to shoot with Melani three times in 2017. Melani and Alice weren't the only two models she shot with, however. Rein and Emerald shot some new sets with her again, but another new model came my way through Mindee. She shot two sets with her that were notable in so many ways. That model was Shelby, Mindee's mom. Talk about an accomplishment. I had never shot one of my model's mothers, or daughters, let alone a mom/daughter combo. It was something I'll never forget and something I hope to do with these two again moving forward.

With Mindee's photo count rising numerous times during 2017, it became a little joke with Mindee and I. She'd say she wanted to shoot "x" amount of sets now that we were only a few more away from that number. I'd say okay and we'd make plans to shoot. That happened several times, all the way up to December.

In December Mindee and I made plans to get her photo count to 35 sets. She liked that number and I rented out another hotel suite. She got Rein to come along and the "More Suite Feet" series took place. She got her 35, but then a week later she stopped by to get in a set with Melani when we shot the "Suite Teen Feet" series. That put her at 36. Mindee wasn't having that.

I joked once more that I'd totally find time for her to shoot four more sets before the holidays if she had time. She replied, "How about Sunday?"

That Sunday I went to Mindee's place and we shot four sets all over her house (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Mindee & Her Quest For 40"). She got her 40 and that made her so happy. I couldn't believe it, even though I was for each and every set. 

I don't know if this record will ever be approached, let alone, beaten. In my heart of hearts, the only model I could see beating it would be Mindee. Knowing her, she's already looking to get 50 in next year.

Star Model Leader Count (as of 2017)

This portion of the Star Models blog was begun this year. In November 2017, I went back to do the Star Models of years past (2004-14). I wanted to see which models made the most appearances throughout the years and who actually shot the most, well, the most? Wanting to know this information, I decided to share the results at the conclusion of these blogs as they progress. I will include this on each and every installment moving forward.

Most Overall Appearances

  • 5 appearances - Mindee (2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 3 appearances - Madison (2004, 2006, 2008), Layla (2005, 2007, 2009), Wendy (2006, 2008, 2012), Cierra (2008, 2009, 2010), Jamie (2010, 2012, 2014)
  • 2 appearances - Kellie (2005, 2006), Molly (2005, 2006), Jordana (2008, 2010), Mileena (2011, 2012), Ryan (2011, 2013), Alice (2015, 2016)
  • 1 appearance - Lauryn (2004), Lisa Tyler (2004), Sue Lovely (2004), Kimmie (2005), Lexi (2005), Abby (2007), Lady Steph (2008), Jaylee Austin (2009), Charlee (2011), Kayleigh (2011), Aspen (2012), Nikki (2012), Megan Jones (2013), Emerald (2014), Felicia (2014), Lela Beryl (2014), Kaycee (2015), Kelsey (2016), Melani (2017), Alexa (2017)

Most Overall 1st Place Appearances

  • 4 appearances - Mindee (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 2 appearances - Kellie (2005, 2006), Jamie (2010, 2014)
  • 1 appearance - Madison (2004), Layla (2005), Wendy (2012), Cierra (2008), Jaylee Austin (2009), Mileena (2011), Ryan (2011), Alice (2016)

Thanks for joining me on this stroll through Soles of Silk's history. I always aim to give my models as much credit as possible. Without them, Soles of Silk wouldn't be what it is. Please be sure to come back again this time next year when we look at 2017's Star Models.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Soles of Silk Update - December 20, 2017

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - Mindee, Rilynn, & Noelle find themselves together behind a school with a bucket full of chalk - naturally they're going to rub it all over the ground and their pretty feet (70 images)

Videos - MindeeRilynn, & Noelle get their soles covered in various colors of chalk while at the local school (142 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - 3 new avatars of Kaycee, Mindee, and Shae Spreadz have been added to the Stockings Avatars Gallery of the Downloads section

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday's Shoot - Mindee & Her Quest For 40

A couple of weeks ago I met up with Mindee and Rein. We shot the "More Suite Feet" series, with the two of them featured in Part 1 and just Mindee in Part 2. Those shoots put Mindee at the 35 sets for 2017 - a number she was quite happy with. Then, one week later, I asked if she wanted to swing by for a set with Melani. As she always does, Mindee found the time to get in on a single set in the "Suite Teen Feet Series - Part 1" when the two teamed up for the third time this year. That created a problem. Mindee now had 36 sets.

Now you're probably asking yourself, "What's the problem?" Well, you see, Mindee liked the idea of her set count being a multiple of five. She was happy with the 35, but when she got to 36, she joked that she needed to get to 40. I agreed, but to be perfectly honest here, with the holidays approaching, I never thought we'd find the time to do anymore. Then this weekend happened.

I sent Mindee a specialized interview talking about all the sets we did in 2017. I playfully said that we'd have to change some of the questions if she found herself with some time to make that 36 a 40. Her response, "What are you doing Sunday?"

I had no plans. None. So why the hell not? I love Mindee. She's easily the best female friend I've ever had. She also, obviously, does amazing photos and has some of the prettiest feet. So I ask again, "Why the hell not?"

With only a day to come up with some themes, I decided to keep things simple. No food. Nothing messy. Barefoot and easy! We were going to shoot at her place and get these sets done over the course of just a few hours that she had open. We'd make it work, but what would we do? Well, you'll just have to look through the sets below to find out!

Recent weather is what inspired this set. Well, that and how much I love moist female feet.

Set 37: Only 3 More to Go!

Today's first set was inspired by the weather around here lately. It's been cold and it has snowed a few times over the last week. It has been a while since I saw Mindee's pretty feet come out of a pair of boots, which actually leads me to fun little tidbit. The pair that Mindee wore in this set are a pair that she bought for her own daughter as a Christmas gift. Yes, she's about the same size as Mindee, and no, she's old enough to model for the site... yet. Maybe one day though. That is, if she even would decide to do like her mom and grandmom, Shelby, did when they did some mom/daughter combos (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Mindee & Her Mom, Shelby"). Heck, could even do one with all three generations, if that would turn out to be the case! That's a number of years away though. I'll keep the fingers crossed!

Back to the set now. Bundled in her coat, gloves, thick socks, and boots, Mindee's first set of the day warmed up those size 8 feet real nice! She pulled off the coat and gloves first, leaving the boots and socks for last. That's never a bad thing for those of us who love our female feet warm and even a little moist from sweating.

Eventually, of course, Mindee would bare those beautiful bare feet, doing a few extra shots than I normally do in a set. I just had some good angles down on my knees at her feet - a running joke we had today. Oh well, I have no problems getting down in front of Mindee's feet. Never have, never will!

Mindee getting in some toe sucking action in this set.

Set 38: A Couple of More Now...

Now here is a set that gets requested from time to time. I can't quite say I "get" the kink, but there are numerous people who request that I have a model vacuum her feet. Well everyone, Mindee did just that today. For a model who it's hard to find firsts for, at this point, 13 years and over 100 sets later, this one was a first. As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, Madison might be the only other model who shot a vacuum set and that set was published all the way back in 2008. Upon reviewing that set now, she did a lot of phallic looking poses with the tube and suction unit between her feet, but nothing really vacuuming them.

Mindee did!

Watching Mindee position the suction attachments to her feet was rather fun. The small, narrow tipped attachment worked perfectly between her angelic toes. The brush tickled her feet a little bit, but the funniest part was when she went without the attachment and just let it suck to her feet. I teased her that if she left a bruise on her foot because of it, at least I had photographic evidence to prove to her husband that it wasn't a hickey!

Not how most of us probably wanted to see Mindee's panties, but take what you can get!

Set 39: So Close You Can Smell it!

More chores! Sunday is a day many people use to do chores. With some clothes that needed to be folded, why not turn it into a set? It's simple enough and Mindee would be able to stick those tender soles straight out. And yes, they're tender. I've rubbed them too many times to count, although I could count how many times I did today. Five, unless you count when Mindee rubbed her gooey feet on my face after the last set. More on that later. I'm getting ahead of myself.

For this set, we were off to Mindee's bedroom. She threw the clothes basket off to the side and got to work on her laundry. Shirts, socks, shorts, and even her undies made an appearance throughout the set. I told her she should include some granny panties, which she refused. No, she didn't include any thongs either.

For such a simple set, I was really loving how this one came out with the splashes of color in a room full of blacks, whites, and grays. It was perfect and it inspired me to also shoot Mindee's last set of the day in the same spot. The much desired, set 40.

I seriously cannot get over how awesome Mindee's feet look covered in globs of lotion.

Set 40: Mindee's Mission Accomplished

Lotion. I bring a huge bottle of it to every shoot. Oftentimes, I'm the one who's rubbing it onto the pretty feet before me. Even though I did earlier during the first, second, and third sets, now it was Mindee's turn. Okay, I still rubbed some on her feet during this set too, but she started things off.

The plan for this set, since Mindee had already done a set with lotion that was published back in 2009, was to do it again, but use an exorbitant amount of the creamy stuff. I handed her the bottle and that's exactly what she did.

Some of you might have already seen just how much lotion Mindee ended up getting on her perfect feet on the site's Instagram page (@SolesofSilk), but if you haven't, it was a ton! Her feet were so gooey. Globs ran down her feet and you could hear them slide past one another as she went from pose to pose. Even the photo sample above doesn't show them at their sloppy peak.

Now, as I stated above, today's sixth foot rub kind of happened at the conclusion of this set. There was no way in the world that I was not going to grab hold of Mindee's feet for the fifth foot rub once the camera was put down (the fourth one happened to start this one off when they had no lotion on them). Her feet were a mess and I wanted my hands to glide all over them for a memorable little rub. With so much lotion on her feet, however, it surely wasn't soaking into her skin. Mindee would reach down here and there and rub some up her legs and thighs, and even onto her arms to spread some of it around. I jokingly put my face up to her feet and said that I'd take some. Mindee, naturally, put her soles to my face and smeared the cream all over. I just sat there, once again, on my knees, and accepted it. I'm sure Mindee relished in my position. I know I did!

So there you have it. Mindee's quest for 40 has been accomplished. I don't know if this record will ever be broken, although Mindee's already joking about beating it with 50 next year. The only way I could see this broken is if I find myself my much fabled, "hot asian girlfriend/wife" with cute feet that I so desire and I can shoot regularly. Still, I'm sure Mindee would shoot lots of sets with her and they'd take turns tormenting the ever living shit out of me. Then Mindee will ask to do one at the end of the year and beat her by a single set. Mindee would have it no other way! Neither would I! I love shooting her and I'm so glad she loves shooting for me. It's never a bad time and even with a year like 2017, I can't wait to do some more.

"I'll let you catch up and use up some of them before I have you take more," Mindee texted me as I was writing this blog.

"Uh no," I replied.

And that's the way it is. I don't care how many sets I have of my friend Mindee. She will always be welcome in front of my camera. For all that she's done for me with emergency shoots, getting her friends and relatives to shoot, to the countless interviews. I can't say enough about her, although I think I'm going to try in another blog where I'll be able to focus on just that. She deserves it.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Soles of Silk - 2014's Star Models

Beginning in 2015 I began naming Soles of Silk's Star Models, which was a listing of the three models who shot the most photos that calendar year. While putting together 2017's Star Model list, I began to wonder just who the site's Star Models were from 2004-14. That curiosity got the best of me and I decided to go ahead and retroactively name those star models in a blog series. I had quite a few surprises along the way too. (Remember: These are sets shot, not published during the course of the year.)

Make a record. Have your record broke two years later. Two years after that, set a new one and once again, top a Soles of Silk Star Model listing in the process. Who made and broke what records, you ask? Guess you'll have to read on to find out!

Now, onto 2014's Star Models*:

3. (tied) Lela Beryl
Debuted: 2014
# of sets posed for in 2014: 5

Lela Beryl is the last foot model I met on social media who has shot for Soles of Silk. All my other models have been either friends, or friends of those friends. By time our only shoot was over, however, Lela is happily someone I now call friend.

Friends with Rachel DD, who I shot in 2013, Lela contacted me to tell me that she would be traveling through the region in February. I made plans to meet up and shoot, which almost didn't happen to a bad snow storm. Luckily, we made it happen and I came away with five sets as we shot into the wee hours of the night. Had I not spent some time at those feet after the shoot, we could of easily have shot more. Still, no regrets!

3. (tied) Felicia
Debuted: 2014
# of sets posed for in 2014: 5

Felicia was the one responsible for Kaycee's zombie themed Halloween shoot in October 2014. She created the outfit and did her make up. That day she also accompanied us during the shoot. At the time, I didn't think she would be willing to shoot for me. Soon thereafter, however, she told me she would like to and we sure did do a lot of shooting to wrap up the year.

We got together not too long after Kaycee and I shot and did a few sets. I then rented a hotel suite and had the pleasure of shooting both her and her twin sister, Bridgette - both together and solo. The duo became my second set of twins on the site after Kimmie and Kellie debuted back in 2005.

Felicia has been a hit since her debut and we've managed to shoot here and there over the years since. As I write this retroactively in 2017, this is her only appearance as a Star Model to date. We always talk about getting in more photos. I think it's about time we start raising her photo count.

2. Emerald
Debuted: 2012
# of sets posed for in 2014: 6

In 2012 Mindee talked her friend, Emerald, into shooting for me. From 2012-14, Emerald would see plenty of camera time, shooting a number of solo sets and a handful with Mindee.

It was 2014, however, that Emerald really shined. We got together twice and both times shot three sets that I just loved! I told her that I felt like she gets better each and every time we shoot. The thing is, each set she does is great, so to get better and better really says something! It's hard to match the quality of sets Emerald did in 2014. I loved so many!

1. Jamie
Debuted: 2010
# of sets posed for in 2014: 10

Back in 2010, the year that Jamie debuted, she did something that no model had ever done - shoot 10 sets in a single year. In 2012, however, Wendy would go on to break that record by posing for 11. Well, in 2014 Jamie became the first model to shoot 10 or more sets twice! This year's appearance also earns her a spot as the fifth model to appear three times as a Star Model.

The first few sets Jamie and I shot in 2014 were done locally during some breaks I had from work. We squeezed in sets in back-to-back days. The weather wasn't the best, but we made it work. We even made it into a theme shooting a rainy day set, which you can see in the photo above. Her muddy feet were so damn cute!

Oddly, 2014 is the last time I've shot with Jamie and it has seemingly ended like it began - shooting at the beach. The first sets I ever shot with Jamie were done at Wildwood, N.J. - an oceanfront resort town. The last sets I ever shot with Jamie were done in Virginia Beach, Va. - another oceanfront resort town. I'm not sure if those sets "officially" mark last sets for the site, but she expressed the idea that she might be done. I respect her choice, but will leave the door open for her if she would ever like to return.

Thanks for joining me on this stroll through Soles of Silk's history. I always aim to give my models as much credit as possible. Without them, Soles of Silk wouldn't be what it is. This concludes the retroactive portion of the Star Models blog series. The years 2015 to current will be found at the end of each year, here on the Soles of Silk Blog.

* When I began naming Soles of Silk's Star Models in 2015, I decided to list the three most photographed models of the year. When going back to do these blogs retroactively, it became apparent that there would be many ties. Due to this fact, you will often see more than three models featured.

Retroactive Star Model Leader Count (as of 2014)

This portion of the blog was added in November 2017 when I went back to do the Star Models of years past (2004-14). I wanted to see which models made the most appearances throughout the years and who actually shot the most, well, the most? Wanting to know this information, I decided to share the results at the conclusion of these blogs as they progress. I will include this on each and every installment moving forward.

Most Overall Appearances
  • 3 appearances - Madison (2004, 2006, 2008), Layla (2005, 2007, 2009), Wendy (2006, 2008, 2012), Cierra (2008, 2009, 2010), Jamie (2010, 2012, 2014)
  • 2 appearances - Kellie (2005, 2006), Molly (2005, 2006), Mindee (2007, 2013), Jordana (2008, 2010), Mileena (2011, 2012), Ryan (2011, 2013)
  • 1 appearance - Lauryn (2004), Lisa Tyler (2004), Sue Lovely (2004), Kimmie (2005), Lexi (2005), Abby (2007), Lady Steph (2008), Jaylee Austin (2009), Charlee (2011), Kayleigh (2011), Aspen (2012), Nikki (2012), Megan Jones (2013), Emerald (2014), Felicia (2014), Lela Beryl (2014)

Most Overall 1st Place Appearances

  • 2 appearances - Kellie (2005, 2006), Jamie (2010, 2014)
  • 1 appearance - Madison (2004), Layla (2005), Wendy (2012), Cierra (2008), Jaylee Austin (2009), Mileena (2011), Ryan (2011), Mindee (2013)

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