Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Get Your Contest Entries in by Saturday

Just a quick reminder to everyone, you have until the end of this Saturday to get in your entries for the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2016 Edition. Be sure to get your answers in so you can be eligible to win up to four months of membership time.

A few weeks ago I blogged about how people were doing quite well with the answers to this year's contest. That's still the case, but influx of entries slowed way down. With numerous prizes being given, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Heck, even if you pull out a score worth one of the one month membership prizes, that's a month's worth of pretty bare feet for you to enjoy! 

If you're already a member of the site, these contests are a no brainer! You have access to every bit of information you need to answer each and every question. These contests are always open to you and your membership time will be extended, or made free, for the duration of your prizes. You really should give it a go!

I hope to see all of your entries come in soon. I should be able to have all the grading done on Sunday, with winners announced afterward. Good luck!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

We're All Friends Here

Mindee and Kelsey are two very close friends of mine.

On Jan. 25, 2017 I published a multi-model set to the site that I had been wanting to share for some time. It was shot during a week of vacation back in July 2016, during the "Hot Feet Week: 2016 Edition," Part 3 to be exact. The set featured none other than Mindee and Kelsey in their first ever pairing.

As has been the case with many sets I've shot in the past, this was one that I knew people would love once it was finally published to the site. I've been wanting to use it for an update numerous times since I shot it back in July, but I held off. I had other sets of both models I wanted to publish first - sets I had also been sitting on for some time. Last week, however, it was time to get this memorable set onto the site and share it with all of you. It truly is a set I just adore.

Now, some of you might be asking, "Patrick, you've done numerous multi-models sets in the past. Why is this one so 'memorable' to you?

Well, let me explain, but first a little journey down memory lane to when these two ladies made their debuts.

Mindee debuted, along with seven other models, when Soles of Silk went live, on Dec. 29, 2004 (see image 1 below). Many of you know the story by now. She told me she'd only do it if, "I really needed someone to shoot." Naturally I told her that I did. I've always found Mindee to be attractive and we've always gotten along quite well. I figured she was just camera shy and I also didn't buy into any of her claims that her feet were ugly. Sitting at 4,246 photos as of this blog, you all know that sure isn't the case! 

Kelsey made her debut one year, one month, and three days after the site launched on Feb. 1, 2006 (see image 2 above). Kelsey was only 16 back in December 2004, so she wasn't even eligible to shoot. As her 18th birthday drew near, however, I asked her if she'd like to shoot. I had seen her feet a number of times in flip flops and loved her plump little toes. Thankfully she said yes, knowing that a number of her other friends, including Mindee, had been shooting for me and what we were shooting

Kelsey wasted no time in making her debut. She shot the day after her 18th birthday and would have done it on her birthday if she didn't already have plans. It's okay though, we celebrated by having her smash a colorful cake under her soft soles. What a way to debut, huh? She'd then go on to shoot a couple more sets while still in high school.

So between these two girls, there are 23 years of modeling experience for Soles of Silk. Friendship-wise, however, there are even more years. That's what made this set so special. I got to spend a day with two women who I adore, always have a great time with, who have fun with my fetish, and have a blast shooting each and every set they do. There is only one other model on the site who I can even put into this same category and that is Abby, for obvious reasons.

This doesn't mean that of the 93 models I've shot for the site that the others aren't my friends. Quite the contrary since most have been just that. It's just that none of them have been my friends for as long, or they're just not as close. Some were, for a time, like Madison and Carmen, but life is life and things changed over time.

I guess the next thing some of you might be wondering is, "Why did it take so long for you to shoot them together then?"

Without going into too much details here, both of these ladies did move out of state for a time, but that's not the main reason. It's just, once again, life. Our schedules don't always match up and when you have three people's schedules you're trying to match, it can get even harder. Add in juggling all the other shoots I do with the other models and it just honestly never happened.

Back in 2011 Mindee even floated the idea in her Modeling Interview when I asked her if there are any Soles of Silk models she'd like to shoot with. Her response, "Kelsey comes to mind because I would be comfortable and it would be fun."

That prediction turned out to be spot on, just five years later. 

I met up with Mindee and Kelsey at a recreation center on that amazing day. I had brought some bright colored neon socks along for the girls to use in the set. Since it was hot, I figured I should also increase my chance of having their feet sweaty. That alone would make more a memorable day.

Luckily for me, both girls had clothing that matched some of the socks that I had brought, so my idea worked out perfectly. We found a spot to shoot and the girls sat their with their socks on, ready to go.

I couldn't wait to finally see Mindee's and Kelsey's feet next to each other.

What happened from that point on was one of easiest shoots I've done in some time, especially when it comes to a multi-model sets. Usually those are much harder to shoot. You have to have poses in mind that show more than one model, or you have to find ways for them to interact with each other. Sometimes, I just stand there thinking of something for the models to do.

With this set, however, I didn't have to do any of that. These two just started doing stuff and put on a show that I just photographed. Sure, from time to time I mentioned something I was looking for, but these ladies have shot so many sets, so they just knew what to do. The entire time I shot this set I knew I had something special on my hands. Later I'd have something special in my hands too, but more on that in a bit.

Not only did this set work out so easily, it was just so relaxed and casual. You could plainly tell that we're all friends and know each other so well. The girls had their girl talk and spent some time catching up with one another. At times I was almost an afterthought, which can happen when you shoot friends. Still, these two didn't forget what they were there to do and just kept on coming up with pose after pose.

From time to time, I naturally reached out to give these two some foot rub time. It's a pretty safe bet to say that the both of them have probably received more foot rubs from me than any other females in my lifetime. It felt only natural to give them a duel massage. They, of course, had some cute remarks for me. They always do when shooting solo, so I shouldn't have expected anything less. Having them both together though, it was on! I just kept rubbing and happily accepted my fate at their feet. They even goofed on me when I handed them my phone for the photo found below. I loved every minute of it too.

The only negative to come out of shooting this set was the fact that I only wish I had done this pairing sooner. Had I done that, I would have really forced the issue to do it on a regular basis from that point forward. That's what I intend to do now. Good things come to those who wait, they say. Well, it sure did in this case and I don't want to wait anymore to make it happen again.

I hope you also enjoyed this model pairing as much as I did. Naturally, the friendship connection for me was a big component, but it turned out to be a great set visually as well. Those soles being side-by-side-by-side-by-side sure does make for a memorable moment - one that I promise you will be seeing again!

I loved getting these two together and aim to make it a regular thing moving forward.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Soles of Silk Update - January 25, 2017

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Mindee & Kelsey, a pairing so many years in the making, tug off each other's neon colored socks on a very hot day to reveal their moist soles and sweaty toes (82 images)

Videos - Rilynn is up early and is going to enjoy a day at the park, but first, she pulls off her shoes and socks to get a bit more comfortable (141 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - The Stocking Series avatars page has been added to the Downloads area

Downloads (Avatars) - 6 new avatars of Madison, Lauryn, Cierra, Kellie, Lexi, and Sue Lovely have been added to the Stocking Series avatars page in the Downloads area

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2016 Edition is underway. Win free membership time. Deadline to enter is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2017. Contest open to members and non-members alike. (132 MB - 1080p HD)

Weekly Teaser - The January 25th tile of Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature has been revealed. Check out the blog "Weekly Teaser - Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature" to follow the ongoing reveal.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Soles of Silk Update - January 18, 2017

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Felicia takes two buckets of water balloons down to the beach pops them with her feet as they get all pruned up in the process (81 images)

Videos - Reagan shows off her little feet right after a rain storm passed through the park (147 MB - 1080p HD)

Columns (Wu's Feet Links) - 1 new column titled, "Confidence Leads to Comfort," has been added to the Wu's Feet Links Columns Blog

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2016 Edition is underway. Win free membership time. Deadline to enter is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2017. Contest open to members and non-members alike. (132 MB - 1080p HD)

Weekly Teaser - The January 18th tile of Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature has been revealed. Check out the blog "Weekly Teaser - Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature" to follow the ongoing reveal.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Would Love to Shoot #14 - Natalie, Karolinka, & Saya Song

There are so many wonderful models online these days who do some amazing work in the foot fetish genre. Some of those models own and operate their own foot fetish sites, while others work with countless producers, doing all kinds of kinks including foot fetishism. This blog series was created to shine a spotlight on these models - to give them the credit they deserve and to maybe send a few new fans their way.

Now, in the past I have been lucky enough to talk to and meet with some of the models who have been featured on previous installments. The inclusion of the models in this series does not, however, mean that any plans have been made. In some cases I haven't really even talked to the model showcased. It doesn't mean that I don't enjoy their work though. This is more of a fanboy series, if you will - a way for me to say, "Hey, check this woman and her work out." So, now onto the 14th installment of the Would Love to Shoot series:

Foot Goddess Natalie
Twitter: @FootGoddessNat

Foot Goddess Natalie is someone I've talked to a number of times. We communicated a few times on the Wu's Feet Links Forum early on. Eventually I would get to know her a little more when I interviewed her for the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog. Her May 2016 Interview is among the most viewed, along with the next model found below. With her large popularity, I've also come to rely on her as a regular feature model, also for Wu's Feet Links.

While I have never attempted to make plans with Natalie for a shoot, I did playfully ask how much I would be loving the experience to do so in her interview. Her response, "Patrick, my soles and I are even better in person. Shooting me would be one of your most loved experiences ever... if you could even stay focused."

Well, naturally I'd love to find out if that would be true. I'm sure it would be and I'd be right back here on my blog telling everyone all about it. Could it happen? Who knows? I just know it would be really neat to meet someone like Natalie after all this time. I know we could combine our talents into something all of my site's members would love!

Twitter: @KarolinkaFF

I also met Karolinka through the Wu's Feet Links Forum. She has always exuded this fun loving appeal in her photos, even the more adult ones, that I just adore. Keeping my site more on the PG/PG-13 side of things, that is one thing she could still bring to my photography that would make every set we'd do memorable.

I am sure to tell Karolinka how much I enjoy her work regularly on the forum. When I got to interview her for Wu's Feet Links, I finally got the chance to learn a little more about her. Her October 2015 Interview is also one of the most viewed on the site. Even her replies to my questions showed just how much fun she has doing all this foot fetish content for everyone. Karolinka has also even agreed to do help me with a future column for the Wu's Feet Links Columns Blog this year. The theme will be more adult in nature, but she was one of the first people I thought of for it.

I really believe shooting photos of Karolinka would be something I'd never forget. Sadly, with her residing in the Netherlands and me in the United States, I have to believe that this will just always be just a dream. Or would that be a wet dream?

Saya Song
Twitter: @xoKittySaya
Website: SweetSaya.com

Of the three women featured on this installment of my Would Love to Shoot series, Saya Song is the one who I've had the least interaction with. Even though that is true, it surely doesn't make me any less of a fan. I just love her look and attitude in the work of hers that I've seen. Plus, everyone knows how much of a soft spot I have for Asian women, so I naturally was going to check her out upon finding her on Twitter.

Saya's work runs a wide gamut and isn't just limited to foot fetish content. While I also enjoy a lot of her non-foot fetish stuff she does, her foot fetish work sure is great! And man... her feet are so damn cute! If I ever found myself lucky enough to have them in front of my camera, I would be shooting every photo knowing that I was going to have an amazing set that people would love. Add in her fun loving, and sometimes even demanding nature, and I'm sure we could come up with all kinds of great themes for sets.

I fully recommend that you check out Saya's work. Perhaps I should see how she'd feel about also being in a Wu's Feet Links interview sometime in the future? I'd love to have the chance to learn a little more about her!

* The majority of the photography seen in this blog series does not come from Soles of Silk. Please see the watermarks on the photos themselves for the ownership of each picture as some of the models have posed for many sites.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

@SolesofSilk Reaches 18K Followers on Instagram

It was only six months ago I was writing a blog about reaching 14,000 followers on the Soles of Silk Instagram page (@SolesofSilk). I was so surprised to see the account grow so much at that point, but it's only grown more and more since that time.

At the end of last week I was watching the follower count on Instagram sit on 17.9K for several days. I was excited waiting to see it switch over to 18K. I even sent Mindee and Alice a screenshot of the follower count and they were both wanting to see it increase. I then posted a few random photos of Mindee and Kelsey just to engage people, along with the standard update fair I do on a weekly basis.

In the grand scheme of things, I'm not a follower slut, but reaching the 18K mark was still a badge of honor. I've never done a paid ad, or begged people for follows. I just do what I do and hope you all enjoy it. The fact that so many people want to follow the site and see all the models, makes me very proud. Soles of Silk has always been a hobby first, and a job second. If I didn't enjoy this, I wouldn't do it.

I just want to take a minute before I close this out and say thank you to all of you who follow Soles of Silk on Instagram, as well as other outlets like Twitter (@SolesofSilk), and here on Blogger, naturally. I look forward to seeing you all and reading your comments on social media. Until then, enjoy all the pretty feet brought to you each and every post from Soles of Silk! I even went and stuck two of the prettiest feet, belonging to two of my best female friends, above in a new social media ad for the site. This set will ultimately be published on the January 25 update, which you won't want to miss. Of course, you'll know when it goes up when I post the updates to social media!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Soles of Silk Update - January 11, 2017

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Alice's legs and feet are encased in a pair of black/nude Cuban heel pantyhose, which seh proudly displays for us while looking super stunning in her black attire (70 images)

Videos - Mindee & Kelsey have a fun time pulling each other's bright colored socks from their warm feet before giving you a sole show like no other (144 MB - 1080p HD)

Contest - The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest: 2016 Edition is underway. Win free membership time. Deadline to enter is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2017. Contest open to members and non-members alike. (132 MB - 1080p HD)

Weekly Teaser - The January 11th tile of Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature has been revealed. Check out the blog "Weekly Teaser - Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature" to follow the ongoing reveal.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Soles of Silk Wish List

Now that 2016 is in the books, it's time to look at what's ahead for 2017. I compiled a little "Wish List," if you will, of things I'd like to see happen this year. Some of them are shoots, but not all. There are a lot of behind the scenes things that go on with maintaining a site that I'd also like to focus on. So here we are, the 2017 Soles of Silk Wish List:

I was lucky enough to finally shoot Mindee & Kelsey together in 2016.

More Mindee & More Kelsey... Especially Together
In 2016 Mindee stole the show with her monthly updates, Wu's Feet Links feature model set "The Ferris-t of Them All," and shooting with five different models. One of those models was Kelsey

In 2016 I made an effort to schedule more photo time with Kelsey as she's someone I've wanted to have a larger presence on the site. We were able to do a number of sets last year, which landed her on the "2016 Star Models" listing, along with Mindee and Alice, below. 

In 2017 I want to keep up regular shoots with both of these lovely friends of mine. I'd especially like to have them do numerous two girl sets, like the one above. That was years in the making and the sight of their feet finally together was one I'll never forget. The relentless teasing I endured from the both of them was also something that should happen on a regular basis. I love these gals and am glad to have them so involved with Soles of Silk!

Alice is poised to have an amazing 2017.

Alice's Ascension
No new model in Soles of Silk's history has shot as many sets as Alice has in her first two years. It's not even close. With so many sets of Alice's shot and ready to go, I'm aiming to feature her on a regular basis in 2017 - just like I did with Mindee last year.

Alice will also be representing Soles of Silk as the July 2017 Wu's Feet Links feature model in a set that I know will be among the favorites of site fans. As I said in my "2016 Soles of Silk Year in Review," this might be the best set I've shot as far as the Wu's Feet Links features go. Of course, you can follow along with the teaser for this set by checking out the "Weekly Teaser - Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature."



Drowning in 10 Feet...
Can you imagine seeing all 10 feet, belonging to these five models above, in one set? Well, Jasey Rae could... sorta. One afternoon while it was super slow at work, Jasey and I got around to talking about doing some sets. She mentioned how she'd like to shoot with both Abby and Alice, and at some point, another one with Kelsey. From there, we began thinking how neat it would be to just have all of the girls together in one set.

I liked the idea and told her that I've done two sets on the site that featured four girls and that's when it hit me... Why not do the site's first ever, five model set? I mentioned adding Mindee to the mix and Jasey's eyes lit up. I think her legit response was, "Yesssssss!" 

This one might take some work, but talk about five very different sets of feet, all in one set. I'll be in heaven that day! There is no doubt about that!

My friend sent me this photo of her foot in the tub some time ago.

New Models
I wasn't sure if I'd get to shoot any new models in 2016 and then all of a sudden, Hot Feet Week happened in July and Mindee got Reese, Rein, Rilynn, and Noelle to all to join in on the fun. Even though they were the only new additions to the site, I was glad to have them and am always happy to see new models arrive. As for 2017, I do have a few people who have expressed interest in shooting for the site.

One of these girls sent me some fun videos of her feet back in July 2016, which I published to the Soles of Silk Instagram page (@SolesofSilk) as a surprise to her. The original plan was to shoot back then, but some relationship issues came forward, so she decided to wait. Just last night, however, I asked her if she'd be up for shooting when the weather gets a bit warmer. Her response, "I think that can be arranged."

I had another person contact me late last year, who is a friend of Camille's. She said Camille had told her about the site and she wanted to know if I was looking for anyone else to do it. Sadly, she fell under the weather on the date we tried to schedule. By that time it got to be too late in the year to shoot outdoors at and we just postponed until 2017. In recent conversations, she said she's still game and I told her when it begins to warm up, I'll be in touch.

I have a third new model who wants to join the roster as well. Up until several weeks ago, this girl was a coworker of mine and had just turned 18. She told me she has cute feet and wanted to be on my site. I swear, the girls at work all talk! When I reached out to her this week and she confirmed that she's still game. Since we're no longer working together, however, I said that we'll keep in touch and plan something when we can. Her addition should bring two small feet to the site as this girl is tiny. I wonder what size shoe she wears?

Carlin is massively overdue for some new sets and keeps saying she wants to do some.

More Time for a Wider Variety of Models
In 2016 I spent a lot of time shooting the same models numerous times. It wasn't done on purpose. They were just the ones who best matched my schedule, or in some cases, didn't back out on me when we did schedule. In 2017 I hope that I can find some time for those models I haven't had much of a chance to work with lately. Some of which, haven't shot in more than a year - such as Carlin above. I can't make promises that this model or that model will shoot, but I will at least make the attempt to schedule them. 

Learn Adobe Muse
A couple of years ago I began dabbling with some new design concepts for the site. I was (and still am) currently using Dreamweaver for layouts, but last year I decided to get the Adobe Creative Cloud membership. With that came Adobe Muse.
I watched a few online videos about Muse and saw that it shares many similarities with Adobe InDesign, which is used for page layout. I have a decent knowledge of that program, having had used it for the newspaper I worked for, and currently for the product and page designs I do for my current job. I'm hoping that learning the program will be easy. Now if I could just find some time...

The Hur Gallery is one of my more regularly updated artist galleries.

Find Several Regular Artists
Over the years I have been lucky enough to find artists who enjoyed creating work based off of the Soles of Silk models, like Cierra above. Some of these artists are still active today, while others are not. I'd like to see if there are any other artists out there who might be interested in doing some work in trade for membership time. If this interests you, email me at footphotographer@yahoo.com. I will probably make a full blog piece about this in the future.

In Closing...
While these aren't all of the things I'm hoping to see happen in 2017, they're some of the larger ones. I'm really hoping to be able to push hard on some of these things and see what I can come up with. A lot of times a surprise will come along and the next thing you know, you have a gem on your hands. Here's to 2017 and all the models who will help me make things happen!

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High Scores Coming in for the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2016 Edition

The full image of Kelsey that I used for this year's contest banner, found below.

Every year I ponder the questions I'm putting into the annual trivia contest. "Are they too hard?" I ask myself. "Are they too easy?" I wonder in my head. Oftentimes I end up seeing that I was wrong on both accounts. Questions I thought no one would get, everyone nails. The ones I thought would be a piece of cake, people miss out on. It's crazy!

Just the other day at work I was talking to Abby about the contest questions and she thought I might have made things on the harder side. Well, now that some entries have been coming in, that doesn't look to be the case. People are scoring high across the board. They're also doing really well in the four and five point question areas.

If you didn't check out the contest as of yet, do yourself a favor and do so. You could win one, three, or even four months of membership time. The deadline to enter is Saturday, February 4, 2017. Check out the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2016 Edition page for all the details. I wish you the best of luck, but by the looks of things based off entries thus far, you might not need it!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

2016 Soles of Silk Year in Review

The year of 2016 will forever be remembered as one of my busier years when it came to my life outside of Soles of Silk. I've been pulled in many directions between work, Wu's Feet Links, and just finding some time for peace and quiet. Still, I attempted to jump into the swing of things early this year for the site, but was met with some resistance from Mother Nature. Read all about that and much more in this Soles of Silk - Year in Review.

Alice kicked off an amazing 2016 by being feature in an interview on Wu's Feet Links.

January began with a focus to publish some of the older sets that I had been sitting on. I also sprinkled in some newer sets, but wanted to give a couple of models whose work I haven't showcased in a while some much needed updates. Sometimes it is just hard to work a regular rotation of models and themes onto the site.

The biggest thing to happen to kick off this New Year was Alice being featured in an interview on the Wu's Feet Links Interviews Blog. In Alice's Interview, we covered a lot of topics, but mostly focused on her having big, size 11 feet. She was a great sport and I think discussing her large feet and seeing all the love people have for them, helped make her into one of my most eager models today. It also inspired me to write the blog, "Alice's Arrival," back on January 25. Be sure to give that read, if you haven't already.

The month wrapped up with the completion of The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2015 Edition. Just like with every year, I end the year with a trivia contest asking everyone about the happenings of the last 12 months. Overall, people did quite well and a number of people loved the design of the contest banner, which also featured Alice.

* The Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2016 Edition is currently underway. The deadline to enter is Saturday, February 4, 2016. Get in your entry today!

Much like this boot, February kicked off the Monthly Mindee updates.

The Christmas update of 2015 featured Mindee. Since that was published at the end of the month, and I was on a mission to get some of the other models exposure in January, Mindee didn't have an update. At the time, that wasn't out of the ordinary. She always had regular updates, but it wasn't a monthly thing. Well, not until February that is. 

February kicked off my idea for a monthly update featuring Mindee (see blog: "Monthly Mindee Updates?"). Needless to say, it's been a massive hit since it's introduction and has allowed me to constantly be using my ever growing collection of material featuring the site's most photographed model. It also is the biggest reason for Mindee's 4K Club (4,000 photos) achievement that you'll get to read about in October.

Since February is oftentimes a month associated with love, I did my first ever Models I Miss blog series entry. Madison was first up (see blog: "Models I Miss - Madison"). I sure do miss her and those narrow feet!

Jasey Rae was the first to model for me in 2016, even though it was still chilly outside.

March made me believe that I would be lucking out with weather as spring approached. The area got a warm spell and I hit up Jasey Rae to see if she'd like to take some photos. She was just as eager as I was and it was off to the park we went. The shot above was from one of the two sets we managed to do that day, which actually turned out to be the last new sets I'd shoot until May due to bad luck with the weather.

In March I was also able to feature a set that was many years in the making - the M&M's themed set with Mindee and her cousin, Marcy. When these two are together, you know it's going to be great. It sure was that and more!

I used April to give updates on the site's models statuses, like Camille, who moved.

Without much going on with shoots due to the bad weather each weekend, I decided to go ahead and launch an 11-part blog series that gave the statuses of every single model on Soles of Silk. I've done these in the past, but it had been a while since the last installment. With so many models added since then, I thought it would make for a good addition to the blog while I had time on my hands.

May marked the all new design  and navigation changes to this blog.

In May I made the decision to update this blog. I had played with some different layouts in the past, but I was looking to improve the usability and navigation. Links to the site, translation, popular posts, links to Wu's Feet Links, a contact form, and model contact information was all added down the right side of the blog. At the bottom of the blog I added links to all the items on Wu's Feet Links that feature Soles of Silk models. Items such as feature sets, interviews, and columns can all be found there.

May also turned out to be the month when Mindee and I would first be able to meet up and shoot new photos. I had still only shot Jasey Rae that one time back in March, so I was ever so eager to do something new. Even still, Mindee and I fought off the rain for a set, but got drenched trying to shoot our second one of the day.

Alice's shoot in early June was only the third one I had gotten to do in 2016.

By June I am normally into the swing of things when it comes to shooting new content. When I wrote the blog titled, "A Slow First Half of 2016," I had only done three shoots. One with Jasey Rae, one with Mindee, and one with Alice. Mother Nature sure wasn't helping me on my days off and I had a number of shoots rescheduled or cancelled. This was all about to change, however, and change in a big way!

Mindee kicked off Hot Feet Week 2016 by shooting her Wu's Feet Links feature set.

For the last few years I've used my vacation time in July to travel to some amusement parks and just get away from everything. Of course, back in 2015 I was able to do that with Mindee and have a blast (see blog: "Vacation Shoot - Mindee"). Well, Mindee was the focus of my vacation yet again in 2016, although we stayed closer to home.

July kicked off the second ever, Hot Feet Week, where I tried to shoot as many models as I could in a week's time. The first Hot Feet Week took place in 2012. A neat little tidbit, just like in 2012, Mindee kicked things off for the 2016 Hot Feet Week too (see blog: "Hot Feet Week: 2016 Edition, Part 1 - Mindee"). From there I'd get to shoot four new models, one of which debuted on the site at the end of this month. I was also able to do a number of multi-model sets with these new models, but also shoot one I've always wanted to do: Mindee and Kelsey. It was every bit as good as I had hoped for and I insisted to both girls that we do it again and again moving forward. Hot Feet Week also marked the first time I was able to shoot with Felicia in some time. She's someone many of you love and I was glad to get her back in front of the camera.

On July 15 Mindee got some more of the spotlight shined on her, in a year that she's obviously owned. For the second time, Mindee was featured on Wu's Feet Links as a feature model. Her set, "The Ferris-t of Them All," marked the only time one of my models has appeared in more than one feature set representing Soles of Silk. Her first set, "Piggies in Power Girl," from 2010 was a massive hit, as was this one. If any of my models deserved a repeat feature, it was Mindee.

Alice shot the July 2017 Wu's Feet Links feature set, which is being slowly teased each week.

August kicked off in the midst of a four week long run where Reese, Rein, Rilynn, and Noelle would make their debuts. Reese managed to get her debut in at the end of July, but the first three weeks of August saw Rein, Rilynn, and Noelle come after. It was only fitting to follow all that up with Mindee since she's the one responsible for getting all four girls to shoot for the site. Her set also featured Cierra, so talk about an awesome month of updates!

I was also able to do some of my most memorable sets of the year during August. Those sets were with none other than Alice. You all know by now just how much Alice has made an impact in such a short amount of time on Soles of Silk. Well, I asked her what she thought about being the site's next feature model on Wu's Feet Links in 2017. She was ecstatic! We threw around some ideas for several weeks and then it hit us.

On Sunday, August 7, Alice and I spent the day up in Seaside Heights, NJ. Although we encountered some snags with our initial plans, our Wu's Feet Links feature set was not among them. It was the first set we shot and WOW! That's all I can say, honestly! It might just be the best feature set I've shot, and that's saying a lot with all the great sets I've done in the past.

Since this set is one I was so proud of, I wanted to share it ASAP, but I also didn't. That's when the idea for the "Weekly Teaser - Alice's July 2017 Wu's Feet Links Feature" was born. When I explained the details of my idea to Alice, she loved the idea. She's no stranger to the art of teasing, believe me! It was only fitting that this idea was made a reality. So until her July 2017 feature is published, all of you have been made to endure a 50 week long tease that Alice is ever so proud of. Don't worry, blue won't be the only color going on once this set gets published! And you know what I mean by blue!

In August I also was able to get in new sets with the likes of Mindee, Alice, Jasey Rae, and Kelsey. Kelsey shot several sets since I told her I wanted to feature her on the site more regularly. She even got in a set with Jasey Rae. Talk about another dream set... Those two and their chubby toes! Anyhow, Kelsey is always someone I've longed to do more with and I was glad to make that finally happen. It's also something I wish to continue in 2017.

Kelsey kept finding me time to shoot her and her beautiful feet in September.

With the weather still nice, I focused on getting in more new sets when I could. I once again shot with Kelsey and Alice, but this time I was also able to get Kaycee in front of my camera. One of 2015's All Star Models, this was the first time she and I found time to meet in 2016. That's something I want to make sure doesn't happen in 2017 as she's always a joy to shoot and has a blast doing it.

This set put Mindee into the 4K Club, which inspired the Mindeemania Contest.

October saw a huge milestone with Mindee reaching the 4K Club. She was the first, and still only model, to reach the 3K Club and shares the 2K Club spotlight with only Cierra, thus far. Mindee was able to accomplish this feat in less than a full year with her monthly updates.

"I actually didn't realize it would be so fast. Looking forward for less than a year for the next 1,000 too!" Mindee said in her 4K Club Interview in the site's members section. "I'm always excited to be updated frequently. I love the fact that it's been on a monthly basis."

To further honor this achievement by the site's most photographed model, a special contest was created called Mindeemania. Much like the ongoing Annual Trivia Contest, this was a 10 question trivia based contest that focused on nothing but Mindee and things she's done. The contest began the day she broke the 4K mark and ended in November.

Another huge accomplishment in October came on my end. I was finally able to finish transferring the last of the columns from 2004-13 out of the members section and onto this blog. It was a tedious task, but one I'm glad I embarked upon. Just having everything in one spot makes me feel so much better. It was also amazing getting to go back in time and look at some of my own site's history. I even forgot about some awesome things that happened along the way. If you get a chance, check out some of those entries from December 2004 - February 2013.

Alice's & Camille's BFF set was a massive hit with fans of size compare shots.

In November the Mindeemania Contest came to an end. Overall, people did generally well. There was a single question, however, that no one got right. That one asked, "Next to Mindee's heavenly feet, roller coasters are probably my next biggest passion. I have had Mindee pose those flawless feet at three different amusement parks to date. How many total roller coasters can be found throughout those sets combined?"

Just when you think that was mean of me to ask, know that I didn't exclude Mindee from my evil ways. I asked her to fill out an entry for the Mindeemania Contest just to see how well she'd do. Well, let's just say that her score wouldn't have qualified her for one of the prizes. To see how she did, be sure to check out the blog, "Contest - Mindeemania: Mindee's Best Guesses."

A lot of great sets also went up during November, but one multi-model set stole the show. Alice and Camille got the chance to model their feet together for a couple of sets in late 2015. The BFF-themed set of theirs above, was finally published on November 16, 2016. So many people loved the set, especially those of you who had been clamoring for a set with some size comparison shots.

As the calendar turned to December I began preparing for many of the end of the year items I like to post here on the blog. This particular blog was planned out, before being finished here in early January. I also, however, did my annual Favorite Sets of the Year blog, and for the second time, named the year's Star Models. This year Mindee and Alice both made repeat appearances, but Kelsey would join them for her first time. All three deserve the recognition. The only thing better would be if I could get them all in a set together though... Yes, add that to the 2017 Soles of Silk Wish List!

In addition to my regular Favorite Sets blog, this year I also decided to do a spin off titled, "My Favorite Mindee Sets of 2016." With her monthly updates, she had 13 total sets published in 2016. So why not? Just like the standard favorite list, this was so hard to compile.

I also put the finishing touches on the Annual Soles of Silk Trivia Contest - 2016 Edition in December. I published that to the blog here on January 3. Be sure to check it out and get your entry in before the Saturday, February 4 deadline.

Looking Ahead
I'm hoping that 2017 brings me the same success as 2016 with amazing sets I was able to shoot. Where I hope things change, however, is that I'm able to do more of that with a bigger variety of models. I've already been talking with Mindee about doing some indoor sets here soon. Jasey Rae also thought it would be awesome to get a three other models together in a set with her, at some point. I recommended an addition to her idea for the site's first ever five girl set. She loved it and so do all the models who we discussed. I really hope to make that happen.

Be on the lookout over the next several days for a 2017 Soles of Silk Wish List Blog that I'm currently working on. It will go into more detail on some of the items I just mentioned as well as some others I'd like to share with you. I hope 2017 has been kind to all of you!

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