Sunday, December 30, 2018

My Favorite Sets of 2018

At the end of every year I have to make some hard choices. Each December, it's become an annual tradition for me to pick my 10 favorite sets from that year. It's never easy. Publishing at least one set per week means I'm leaving off some good sets that just missed the cut. By no means are those sets bad, it's just I had to pick 10. This year also saw numerous weeks where two sets were published, so that made it even tougher with more sets to chose from.

Unlike the annual Star Models blogs where I talk about all the sets a model shot during a calendar year, this blog focuses on the ones published. Some were indeed shot in 2018, but others I've been waiting to share for a year or more now. It's not always easy getting all the sets onto the site. I have so many models and themes to rotate through each week, sometimes the good ones sit there just waiting to make their big splash.

With all that being said, let's take a look at My 10 Favorite Sets of 2018 on Soles of Silk:

10. Sweaty Soles in 
Nude Hose
Model(s): Kaycee
Published Date: July 11, 2018

As many of you saw, I recently shot with Kaycee for the first time since 2016 (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Kaycee"). She was long overdue, but luckily for me, we had shot a good amount of photos up until that last shoot in 2016. That allowed me to prolong her updates by spreading them out over time. The photo you see above came from the final solo set I had of hers, which I ended up publishing in July.

In that set, Kaycee's feet were never bare. We shot the set with a pair of nude pantyhose that we decided to keep on for the duration of the set. Being a little warm that day, I just loved seeing Kaycee's warm, damp feet released from the confines of the black shoes she wore at the start of the set.

Although I much prefer bare feet, this set just worked for me. Kaycee looked amazing and the simple location allowed for all the focus to remain on her sweaty, pantyhose-clad feet. To top things off, this set was the one that entered her into the site's 1K Club (1,000 photos). That also made it just that much more special for me.

9. Yellow Heels
Model(s): Charlee
Published Date: July 25, 2018

There are times when things just seem to come together on the fly. Charlee's set with her bright yellow high heels was one of those sets where that happened. Charlee had brought along the yellow heels to our shoot, along with a dress with splashes of yellow throughout. When we arrived at our location, we saw some loading docks with bright yellow railings and just knew it would be perfect.

Shooting this set downtown, I loved the urban look to the setting. Since it was a Sunday, no one was around and it let us shoot without anyone coming in and out of our scene. Some of my favorite poses saw Charlee sitting up on the railing, with her soles out to the camera. She was even sure to smell her shoes and also offer us a sniff in some of the other poses that followed. Naturally, I took her up on the offer on scene. Hey! Someone had to!

By the end of this set, Charlee's bare feet got a little dusty. That happens a lot when I shoot in urban areas, especially downtown. It also probably didn't help that Charlee's feet got a little moist inside those heels while we shot this set. Overall, I think it added to the whole theme. Like a few other things with this set, it wasn't planned, but I sure loved how it just came to be. I love when a set becomes organic and I'm just able to go with the flow with my models.

8. Pink Striped Socks
Model(s): Emerald
Published Date: July 4, 2018

Over the last few years I've been a sucker for thigh high socks. Quite a few of my models have found themselves wearing them now, including Emerald who takes the eight spot on this list.

The day this set was shot, it was the first time I had shot Emerald in a very long time. I always loved shooting her. She has fun with the sets and her feet are simply adorable. Her pedicures are always stellar too. Having not done a set with thigh high socks up until this point, I was glad when Emerald was eager to add the theme to her gallery list. She had a set with knee high socks published back in 2014, which also placed eighth on the "My Favorite Sets: 2014" list. Weird how that happens!

Like the two sets above, I loved the fact that Emerald's feet got a little warm and moist during this set too. As a fan of sweaty feet, I'm sure that makes me a little partial to sets where that happens to be part of the theme. I make no apologies! This set, like Kaycee's, marked Emerald's entry into the 1K Club. Guess I also save favorites for that occasion as well?

7. Waterfront Workout
Model(s): Audrey
Published Date: June 6, 2018

Speaking of sweaty feet, how about a workout theme? A workout theme that had newcomer, Audrey, start things off in her black sneakers and then pull them off to air out her sweaty feet as the set progressed. I told you I was partial to sweaty female feet, didn't I?

As many of my models know my love for the sneaker/no sock theme, Audrey was different. We didn't know each other at all before meeting up for her shoot. We talked quite a bit in the lead up and that's when I mentioned this theme. She said she works out regularly, so it would be right up her alley.

I love making use of strong colors in my sets whenever I can. Before this shoot, I went crazy finding a bunch of multi-colored items to include in this set. Sometimes, like a few sets you see on here (Charlee's Yellow Heels), I just stick with one strong color. This one, I wanted a bunch.

Being a warm day, Audrey's feet warmed up nicely inside her shoes. It probably had something to do with my long running habit of making the models leave their shoes on for a bit to get them to dampen up inside. Yeah, a few models have caught onto that, but I make no apologies for this either. None of you seemed to mine either as Audrey's debut set made her an instant hit on the site.

6. That Eggplant Tho!
Model(s): Mindee
Published Date: July 18, 2018

If there is one friend of mine who loves to tease and torment me, it's Mindee. We've been friends for so long. She's the only model from the site's launch in 2004 who still regularly models for me. It goes without saying that she's totally got me figured out by now and wrapped around her little toes.

The idea from this set actually stems from a joke revolving around another emoji themed set of Mindee's that I have yet to publish. That one features the poo emoji and features it prominently. A few weeks after shooting that set, however, I was shopping with Emerald and saw the eggplant emoji plushie you can see her biting above. Emerald and I thought it was the funniest thing because it makes a "boing" noise when squeezed. I bought it and told Mindee she had another emoji set to do. She laughed, but naturally agreed.

In the lead up to this set, I was able to find Mindee a fun eggplant emoji shirt to wear as well. She had a poo shirt on in the other set, so it was only natural. With the meaning of the eggplant, this set just lent itself to a size teasing theme - which Mindee has become quite versed at doing at this point.

Some of the poses and gestures in this set are just amazing. Mindee totally owned this set, like she has so many before and after. Guess it's only fitting since she owns the photographer too.

5. The Color Purple
Model(s): Alexa
Published Date: August 22, 2018

Purple everything! I told you that I love thigh high socks, didn't I? Well, here's another set featuring a pair. These ones were a deep, dark purple. Falling in love with the socks when I showed them to her, Alexa really wanted to use them in one of her sets. When we finally made plans to shoot the set, we decided to stop at a store beforehand and grab a bunch of different purple clothing items. Here's me pushing my love of colors in sets again. 

What we decided to do in this set, however, was play off one color only. That didn't mean just one shade though. We purposely mixed up different shades of purple throughout her attire. I thought having the socks the darker shade would make them pop a little more in the photos instead of blending into everything else. I ended up being right.

The only thing that wasn't purple about Alexa's attire that day was her shoes. Oh well, can't be perfect and it's not like they stayed on too long anyhow. Naturally, I left them on her for a bit to warm up her feet, but those socks would also help out with that cause. Score another one for sweaty feet.

There were so many great angles and poses that came from this set. I loved seeing Alexa's pinkish soles framed by all that purple while she played tug-a-war with those socks. It was hard not to rank this higher on the list, but with so many great sets to chose from, it's just how it worked out.

4. Lotion Overload
Model(s): Melani
Published Date: March 7, 2018

Lotion. It's a popular request and one I try to do with all my models at one point. It's also a simple one that can yield some amazing results, as you can plainly see with Melani's photo above. As a matter of fact, this photo is the site's most popular on Instagram (@SolesofSilk), currently sitting just shy of 2,000 likes at 1,995. The next closest has 1,700.

For such a popular set, you would have thought that I went all out with the intent of creating a classic. Well, that wasn't the case at all. Knowing that Melani was a newcomer and only having two sets under her belt at the time, I wanted to keep things simple and get in several of the popular, yet easy requests. Lotion was first up on the day. All I had her do was sit on a bench and squirt lotion all over her little 18 year old (at the time) feet. That's it.

This set is proof positive that sometimes this is just all about the model and her pretty feet. As an artist, I love to try to be as creative as possible when I can. Sometimes, however, it's perfectly okay to just have the model and set be simple.

3. See Thru Rainbow Striped Socks
Model(s): Mindee & Melani
Published Date: May 30, 2018

Now for the creativity and from here on out, it's all duel model sets. I have shot so many of them over the last couple of years and came away with some very memorable combinations. I just knew some of them were going to top my lists once published. 

The first of them combines two models who were featured in my first ever, Dream Duos blog - Mindee and Melani (see blog: "Dream Duos #1 - Mindee & Melani"). The year that this was shot, Melani had debuted and was shooting at an outrageous pace. She finished with 21 sets shot that year, earning her second place on the Star Model list for 2017. Had she debuted any other year, she would have easily came in first and held the record for most sets ever shot in a calendar year. She just so happened to debut the same year that Mindee went and shot 40 sets (see blog: "2017's Star Models").

It was only natural to get these two together that year with the both of them shooting so regularly. As a matter of fact, I was able to do that three times and come away with three amazing sets. The one you see above is the only one published thus far, with the other two being included as part of a major event for 2019. Details of that will be announced here on the blog with the January 2, 2019 update.

Anyhow, this set was thought up randomly one day when I was out Christmas shopping at the mall. I walked past one of the teeny-bopper stores and saw the fluorescent socks hanging on the wall. The store was having a buy one, get one sale, so it was just meant to be! I grabbed a few more colorful items after buying the socks and knew I had a great potential set on my hands.

Needless to say, this set turned out fantastic. I loved it so much and that's why I decided to use the same photo you see above in the site's homepage graphic. Still, there were two sets that just edged this one out - edged being a great term to segway into the next set.

2. I Hold the Key
Model(s): Mindee & Alice
Published Date: October 31, 2018

This set was one I had been planning for a long time. I actually had the props for a while. Alice was always supposed to be a part of this set, but Mindee was not the original partner planned to be featured alongside her. When things did not come through with that model, however, Mindee jumped in just like she always does. And man, did these two ever have a blast with this one!

Locks and keys was the theme here, well at least on the surface. With both of these models knowing how teasing and tormenting can be oh so fun, there underlying theme here is quite obvious - hence the "edged" segway mention above. With so many keys though, who's to say that they'd ever find the one that fits. Knowing these two, they'd probably lose it on purpose.

This team up, like the one above with Mindee and Melani, was one that I was also itching to make happen. I was set to feature them in a Dream Duos blog too, but I managed to shoot them before I could post it. I changed what I wrote to reflect that and that's why I titled it as such: "Dream Duos #4 - Mindee & Alice (A Dream Come True)."

I couldn't even begin to tell you how fun it was having these two shoot together. Mindee loved her and Alice said she can't wait to shoot with her again one day. With the results of this set, I sure as hell want to make that happen again. But there was just one combo, also with Mindee, that just "blew" things out of the water in 2018.

1. Bubble Wands
Model(s): Mindee & Shelby
Published Date: May 9, 2018

Last year Mindee and her mom, Shelby, were featured in my second favorite set of 2017. That's the year that Melani debuted and did one of my all-time favorite sets on the beach with a ton of watermelon themed items... and a watermelon. This year, the duo tops the list with their Bubble Wands set. That's why I put the quote marks around the word "blew" up above. Get it... Blow bubbles? Yeah, I'm known for horrible puns.

This set was such a massive hit with everyone, myself included. These two barefoot, next to each other, is something I will never grow tired of seeing. I'm so glad I got to make it happen two more times this year, with one of those times also including Mindee's grandmother, Shelby's mother, Dolly (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - 3 Generations: Mindee, Shelby, & Dolly").

There were so many great sole shots in this set, but as you can clearly see above, every so often, Mindee and Shelby threw out a tickle, or a toe bite to add some comedy into the set. These two certainly can be fun, so I should have expected nothing less.

Honorable Mentions (9)
: Rilynn & Noelle - Comic Socks, Melani - See Thru Converse, Mindee - Beach Roller Coasters, Jasey Rae - Potter Socks, Mindee - Mildred Belle Restoration, Maya - Valentine's Day Tease, Melani - Outdoor Eatery Sandals, Melani - Harley Socks, Mindee - Crayon Socks,

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 2018 that I missed out on that you'd put on your top 10 listing? Let me know.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Soles of Silk - 2018's Star Models

At the end of January, and early into February, it looked like 2018 was going to keep pace with 2017 when it came to shoots. Maya made her debut at the end of January and Mindee and Reese were teaming up for some messy shoots only a week later.

As the next few months went by, I added in a few more sets with Maya as well as several existing models. A few newbies made their debuts as well. At this point, it would have been hard to predict who would be vying for the three Star Model spots for 2018. Maya was in the early lead with five within the first few months. By the looks of the pace she was on, and my desire to want to shoot her over and over, I thought she might just top this list as a rookie in 2018. That, however, didn't turn out to be the case at all.

For those of you who are unaware, each year I designate my three most photographed models that year's Star Models. It's strictly the number of photo sets they shot that calendar year, not how many sets were published to the site itself. There are usually always surprise as the years progress, but this year was probably the strangest in the paths that the models took to the finish line.

Now, let's take a look at this year's Star Models and how each one secured their spot at the top of this year's list:

3. Charlee
Debuted: 2009
# of sets posed for in 2018: 7

I seriously doubt I could have ever predicted Charlee's placement on this year's list. It's strange to say that as she's one of Soles of Silk's most photographed models overall. She's already secured a spot in the 2K Club with the number of unpublished photos she has waiting to make it onto the site. So why do I say I couldn't have predicted her placement?

Well, Charlee moved out of state a while back. I didn't even realize just how far she was either until we struck up a conversation on social media one day. Luckily for me, she told me she would soon be coming home to visit. She really wanted to meet up and get in some more photos, if we could. Naturally, I was game! I missed her and those smooth soles of hers. She's always been a pleasure to shoot and a good friend.

The day we met up during her trip home was so dreary. It was raining and cold, so we set up in her hotel room and managed to get in four sets (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Charlee"). These sets would turn out wonderfully and I would also get some good news during one of many foot rubs I gave Charlee that day. She would be coming back again in May. No doubt I planned on shooting with her again. I had to make use of that time and shoot more photos of her dreamy feet. (see blog: "Monday's Shoot - Charlee").

After the conclusion of these two amazing days, Charlee jumped ahead of newcomer, Maya for the most sets shot at seven. This is also where she would finish the year, but it was enough to land her third place! If she had came home again, she could have easily topped this list as I'm sure we would have made more plans to shoot.

I can't wait to share Charlee's sets from this year. She has been so vital to this site since her 2009 debut and she did some amazing sets during her two return trips home. I want Charlee to be a part of this site for as long as she wants. I also thank her for the countless hours that she's allowed me to rub those feet for her. I'm pretty sure it's expected that I spend a good amount of time down at them, rubbing away, at this point. I wouldn't have it any other way!

2. Esmerelda
Debuted: 2018
# of sets posed for in 2018: 8

Yeah, there's no way I could have predicted Esmerelda making this list early in 2018. Why? Well, she didn't debut until early August when this Chicago native hit me up to let me know that she would be traveling to a region about an hour and a half away. She was curious to know if I'd like to shoot her for my site. Having seen her on social media, I jumped at the chance and met a great model and made an awesome new friend in the process.

The original plan for shooting Esmerelda was for me to head up and meet her on a Monday. We'd shoot several sets and that would be it. Instead, I met her on Sunday, stayed the night, and shot photos on both Sunday and Monday. We also did some touristy stuff and managed to get the police called on us. If you haven't read the blogs about those first shoots, check them out below:

With Esmerelda coming to visit from Chicago and the Windy City not being in my immediate travel plans in 2018, I figured her set count would be six for the year. I couldn't have imagined that awesome, last minute plans would arrise in early December to let me see her again.

Not really needing any new photos for the rest of the year, I was content to not shoot anymore in 2018. That's when I got a surprise text from Esmerelda. She would be in Northern Virginia and wanted to know if I wanted to meet up. I told her that we could, but I was not really in the need of any more photos at the time. The more I thought about it over the next day or two, however, that's when I said, "Why not?"

I told Esmerelda we could do a couple of sets, but I still wanted to go out and do something too. I had been working a lot of hours, so getting out would have been nice for me. That, however, was when things changed - and I'm glad they did. Esmerelda made mention of Egypt and before I knew it, we changed all the plans to do several shoots with the both of them (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Esmerelda & Egypt").

That day turned out to be a long, drawn out tease fest, but by its end, I came away with some awesome new sets. Those sets also jumped Esmerelda's set count to eight, which had her sitting at the top of the list until about two weeks later. That's when Mindee decided that she wasn't coming in second place!

1. Mindee
Debuted: 2004
# of sets posed for in 2018: 10

If you remember, in 2017 Mindee and I went bonkers and shot 40 new sets of her charming size 8 feet. Well, in 2018 Mindee started early, doing two sets with Reese in February (see blog: "Monday's Shoot - Mindee & Reese"), but after that, it was slow and steady. As a matter of fact, Mindee never shot more than three sets at a time this year. There was no crazy 10 sets in a day attempt, or even one that saw us do five. Not this year!

Another thing that was different about 2018 was the long pauses between our shoots. Like I said, Mindee shot in February, getting that early start, but our next shoot wouldn't come until July! That's a five month gap between sets. We only did two sets that day too (see blog: "Friday's Shoot - Mindee").

In late August, Mindee and I made our way out west for a vacation. Our plan was to visit three amusement parks neither of us had been to before. In between all that, do some photos in some unique locations. That's exactly what happened too. Still, we didn't go crazy. We shot three sets immediately after landing, but those would be all we would do on that busy trip. (see blog: "Vacation Shoot - Mindee"). I would have loved to have come away with more during this trip, but I scheduled us to go from place to place without much time to spare to maximize our time at the parks.

As the months went by following our trip, Mindee talked often - like we always do. When I told her in early December about how Esmerelda passed her set count, she was adamant that she would find time to shoot again before the end of the year. A few days later, that's when I got the news that one of my most memorable shoots ever was about to happen. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm referring to shooting three generations of women in Mindee's family. Mindee's mom, Shelby, made a return to get in a few sets with Mindee, but so did Shelby's mom, Mindee's grandmom, Dolly (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - 3 Generations: Mindee, Shelby, & Dolly").

This memorable shoot was one that was teased by Mindee way back in July after our second shoot. It still only had Mindee appear in three sets, with Shelby and Dolly each getting in a solo set of their own that day. Still those three sets put Mindee's set count into double digits at 10 for the year.

Can Mindee be a diva when it comes to this site? Yup. Do I love her tenacity with wanting to shoot all the time and being my most photographed model every year? Sure do! Mindee is awesome and I honestly miss her and those feet of hers right now. I can't wait until next time I get to point my camera at them and, of course, massage them for hours on end! Guess that gives me something to look forward to in 2019, huh?

Star Model Leader Count (as of 2018)

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

  • 6 appearances - Mindee (2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 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), Charlee (2011, 2018), 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), Kayleigh (2011), Aspen (2012), Nikki (2012), Megan Jones (2013), Emerald (2014), Felicia (2014), Lela Beryl (2014)Kaycee (2015), Kelsey (2016), Melani (2017), Alexa (2017), Esmerelda (2018)

Most Overall 1st Place Appearances

  • 5 appearances - Mindee (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 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 2019's Star Models.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Soles of Silk Update - December 26, 2018

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - New model Dolly, grandmother to Mindee, mother to Shelby, makes her site debut as she paints the soles of her feet with some watercolor (53 images)

Videos - Dolly paints her soles, toes, and sketchbook with a watercolor set while leaving her curvy soles in view (168 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - 3 new avatars of MindeeAlice, and Kelsey have been added to the Star Models Series page of the Downloads section

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Sunday's Shoot - Kaycee

A few weeks ago I was talking to Kaycee about getting together to shoot for the first time in two years. Her last shoot came in September of 2016 (see blog: "Monday's Shoot - Kaycee"). Needless to say, I missed my friend and her soft little feet!

Kaycee has always enjoyed shooting with me and is one of only 18 models to join the site's 1K Club (1,000 photos). She's always been a hit with all of you and it's easy to see why. Kaycee is so pretty and has a style all her own. And even though she was very camera shy back in 2014 when she made her debut, she certainly isn't now (see blog: "Tuesday's Shoot - Kaycee").

So the long awaited day finally came yesterday. I had rented out a suite for us to use. It's not warm enough to shoot outdoors here at the end of December and I didn't want to wait to shoot with Kaycee any longer. She had Sunday, December 23 open and I made myself available for her.

After some running around for last minute props for the shoot, I met Kaycee over at the suite to check in. That's when we were told our room was not yet ready. We said okay and went and sat down in the lobby for a few. That few turned into a few more, than more than a few more. The woman working the front desk apologized and then said the room would be complimentary for the night. I wasn't expecting that, but hey, I wasn't going to complain.

We wasted no time getting things set up once we were in the suite. I began pulling out my light kit and Kaycee started setting out her outfits for the different shoots. She asked what one we should start with and I decided to go ahead and do our holiday one first.

Christmas? Nope. Egypt just went up with a Christmas set on the last update.

New Year's? Nope. We didn't meet up in time and I already teased Mrs. Dolly's set to finish out 2018 on the site.

Valentine's Day? Nope. Mia Kay shot one earlier this year that I'm planning on using for that holiday.

So what holiday did we go with, you ask? Well, the first one I could think of that I didn't already have something shot for was St. Patrick's Day. So that's what we did. Hey, can't blame me for being prepared!

Yes, we shot a St. Patrick's Day theme already!

In the days leading up to our shoot, we had already discussed some ideas for this St. Patrick's Day set. I ordered Kaycee a pair of green thigh high socks and she mentioned that she already had a shirt we could use. I told her I'd go to Party City prior to our shoot to see what other green stuff they might have. Then I came up with a fun idea.

"We could get some Irish beer and make it look like you're getting tanked," I texted her.

"Yes! I love that idea," Kaycee replied.

Thankfully the liquor store I went to before the shoot did have some Irish beer. I grabbed it and a bucket of ice to put them in.

As for the set itself, Kaycee began this one in her socks. She also began it with a full bottle of beer that kept getting lower and lower as the shoot went along. She ultimately didn't get tanked, which was pretty good since we had four more sets to do after this one.

By the end of this set, Kaycee's pretty size 7.5 feet were bare and in their glory. The teaser above only shows one of those soft little things, but for those of you who checked out the Instagram teasers last night, you got to see them both bare while she sucked down the last of her beer. Check out the Soles of Silk Instagram (@SolesofSilk), if you haven't.

Kaycee wanted to be a part of my upcoming, Cereal Killers series.

While we were on the couch we decided to go ahead and do a second set. It's easier to just keep the light kit in position especially since one of the themes we had planned on doing lent itself to the couch/coffee table location perfectly. That theme was another in the yet-to-be-published, Cereal Killers series.

As many of you have noticed, over the last couple of years, I have been shooting regular sets of my models smushing their feet into bowls of cereal. The idea behind this was to create an ongoing series of different models with different cereals. Thus far I have sets with the following models to be included in this series: Abby, Charlee, Maya, Melani, Mia Kay, Mindee, and now Kaycee.

I'm still thinking of how and when to run this series in a creative way, but I'll be sure to let all of you know when it's set to begin. I'm just a fan of having things prepared when I do decide to move forward with them. I'm glad to have Kaycee a part of this now too. Her set was definitely one of the messiest of all those done. You won't want to miss it if you're a fan of messy feet or food smashing sets. Naturally, she had a blast shooting it too.

Kaycee loves heavy metal & rock music. I told her to bring a few rock shirts with her.

Whenever I can incorporate things that my models enjoy into their sets, I'm always game. Ever since I've known Kaycee, she's always been into the hard rock and heavy metal scene. She goes to lots of concerts, has a boyfriend who is in a rock band, and can be found dressed in attire of some of her favorite bands regularly. You'd think she was born in the 80's with some of her favorites too. All this being said, I told her to bring along some shirts because I had a pair of odd stockings that I thought would go along with the whole "style."

When Kaycee came into the bedroom for this set, I thought she looked so good. I mean, she always does, but this simple outfit and crazy stockings just seemed to be, for lack of better terms, "her." 

Since these stockings did very little to hide her feet, we decided to just keep them on the entire set. I loved seeing her stretch the stockings with her fingers and toes. It wasn't until the video that they'd eventually come off. Talk about a tangled mess when that happened!

Kaycee brought along these red booties, so we decided to use them in one of the sets.

Whenever I plan to shoot a bunch of sets with my models, I like to give them a list of the basic themes, ideas, locations, etc. I always list some simple themes that we can fall back on if we find that something didn't work, or we have extra time on our hands. Things like baby oil or lotion sets are a good back up idea. They're always a popular request and something easy to shoot. I also ask my models to bring some extra shoes along too. Sometimes shoes can inspire an idea, or serve as that fall back when you're out of ideas.

Not quite sure what we were going to do for this fourth set of the evening, Kaycee showed me her red booties. I can't say I've shot a lot of shoes of this style before, so I decided to go ahead and go for it.

Kaycee had a lot of fun with this shoot, pulling the shoes off and giving them a sniff here and there. She even offered them for all of us to smell as she pointed to their insides at the camera every so often. Don't worry fellas, I went ahead and sniffed them since all of you couldn't. I figured one of us had to...

Kaycee's feet getting messy one last time for the night, this time, with cookie dough.

The final set of the evening was one I've been looking to do for a while now. Like a few other sets done over 2018, this set is going to be included in something big in 2019. I will be making the announcement of what exactly that is on the January 2, 2019 update.

Without going into too much detail, it was so much fun watching Kaycee push her feet into a large bowl of cookie dough before spooning it out onto a cookie sheet. Once those mounds of dough lay below her feet, it was on! Kaycee smashed it between her toes and under her soft soles. Cookie dough, already a yummy treat, never looked so good!

Needless to say, the clean up after this set took some work. Having started an hour late because of the room not being ready, we were running slightly behind schedule. We decided five sets for the day was good and went ahead and packed things up.

I'm so glad I got Kaycee back in front of my camera again. I told her 2019 won't be like 2017 and most of 2018. I want her to be one of my regulars and she agreed. Be on the lookout for more of this fun loving beauty soon, and hopefully often.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Soles of Silk Update - December 19, 2018

This week's update includes the following items

Photos - New model Egypt is certain on Santa's naughty list, but she still celebrates the holiday season with a few subtle hints of her naughtiness along the way (64 images)

Videos - Egypt's feet have some fun with some blue Christmas bulbs and candy canes while laying on the bed (210 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - 3 new avatars of Mindee, Kaycee, and Alice have been added to the Star Models Series page of the Downloads section

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday's Shoot - 3 Generations: Mindee, Shelby, & Dolly (New Model)

The date was Sunday, July 9, 2017. Mindee and I were meeting up for a shoot. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Wrong! That was the day that I shot my first ever mother/daughter combo when Mindee's mom, Shelby, made her debut (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Mindee & Her Mom, Shelby").

Today's date is Sunday, December 16, 2018. Mindee and I were meeting up for a shoot. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Wrong again! Today Mindee's mom joined in for the second time, but that's wasn't all! Nope! Not only did Mindee's mom come to shoot, but she brought along her mom, Mindee's grandmother, to get in on the fun as well. That's right, a grandmother, mother, daughter trio. Okay, technically two daughters and two mothers too, but you get the point.

This whole idea came about back in July. During a text conversation Mindee sent me a photo of her with her grandmom saying that she has a new model for me. I laughed and asked her if she was serious. Having known Mindee as long as I have, I kinda knew that she was. A few seconds later, her text reply confirmed it.

It ended up taking us five months to finally make this happen, but it was something Mindee had been looking forward to. I didn't really mention it until recently either, just in case Mrs. Dolly had second thoughts. In Mindee's 6K Interview however, published to the site earlier this month, we broke the news.

"I'm disappointed that it has not happened just yet, but my golly it will. A three generation set with myself, my mom, and grandmom is going to be memorable," Mindee said. "It's going to be epic. My grandmom is a hoot! I'm still shocked that she's so excited to partake."

Now back to today. I'm sure you all want to know how things went, so let's take a look at all five sets we were able to shoot.

Mindee's feet got squeaky clean, and a little pruned up in the first set of the day.

Set #1 - Soapy Soles
First up was Mindee. We thought it would be best for Mindee to go first. Just like Mindee did when her mom debuted last year, she went first so that her grandmother could see what it is we do. Naturally her set would be different, but she could see the things Mindee did with her feet and how I would go about shooting her.

This would also be the very first set shot in Mindee's new house, so we were eager to make things happen. We had shot at her old house countless times, so having a new background would be awesome. The spot we picked - the kitchen counter and sink.

Mindee filled the large sink with water and soap. She got a good collection of suds going before sticking getting her size 8's in to get all wet. When she did though, they looked so cute. We did so much with the soap and even got a few poses in with her feet inside a serving pitcher. You could see her feet smash up inside. I loved it.

By the end of the set, you could see Mindee's toes beginning to prune up. I always found that to be adorable and something I should try to make happen in some other sets down the road. I know a few people have mentioned liking that too.

Once we wrapped up this very clean set, it was time for Shelby to make a mess. And what a mess she made!

Shelby's feet a lot more messy once we added the milk to the mix.

Set #2 - Cookies & Milk
Moving over to the dining room table, Shelby took a seat on the table itself and surrounded herself with cookies and milk. Who doesn't like that? Add in her adorable feet and things really don't get much better.

We began this set on the tamer side, not adding the milk until later. This still allowed for cookie bits and cream to smear across her soft soles and get stuck between her toes though. The sample above is a good showcase of that.

Once that milk came out, however, it was game over. The plate full of cookies quickly turned into mush. Shelby's feet were a gooey mess. I told her that would be the case and we were laughing at just how bad it got.

When we wrapped things up, we had to do a quick clean up and then it was onto the next - onto the debuting, Mrs. Dolly.

Mrs. Dolly, Mindee's grandmom, making her Soles of Silk debut.

Set #3 - Watercolor Painting
Coming into today, I had no idea of what I was going to do for these sets. I had a long, stressful week without much sleep. I even told Mindee that I felt ill-prepared for today, but she came through as she always does. Mindee had went to the store and grabbed some things that she thought we might be able to use. One of those things was a watercolor paint set and sketchbook. Why not? It would give Mrs. Dolly something to do in her set and several props to interact with.

For the majority of this set, Mindee served as a coach. She helped us come up with some ideas for the poses and telling her grandmom some things that she could do in the set. I appreciated it as it's not always easy for a first timer. They aren't sure of what to do. Luckily Mrs. Dolly had watched Mindee's set and then had her there to assist with hers.

I encouraged Mrs. Dolly to have fun here. Paint her feet, paint messages on some of the pages in the sketchbook, and just go with the flow. That's exactly what she did, getting several different colors splashed and/or painted across her size 8 feet.

When we wrapped things up with her debut set, she wasn't done. Nope. It was now time for the trio set to happen. Three generations of feet all in one set. To the living room we went.

And the set that was the aim of today, a set featuring all three generations.

Set #4 - 3 Sets of Slippers
Of course there was no way I would end the day without shooting all three ladies in a set together. If I only shot one set on this day, it would have been this one. Mindee might have been a little upset had we only shot one, however, as she was looking to advance her set count for the end of the year. Naturally she wants to top the Star Models list for 2018. Her plan for the day? Shoot three sets. This was number two.

When Mindee went out and grabbed the watercolor set, she also grabbed a bunch of slippers - three sets, all a different color. Once again, I went with her pickup and we moved to the couch to get things underway.

We started this set on the couch itself. After a handful of shots, I quickly noticed that shooting up there would be kind of limiting in trying to see all three of them showing off their feet at the same time. That was when we moved down to the floor. That's where remained for the rest of the set too.

With all three ladies in a line, I began shooting a few shots with the slippers still on. Once I got in a few of those, Mindee flipped to her stomach and pulled off her grandmother's and mother's slippers. When that was done, those two pulled off Mindee's in the back.

Once everyone was barefoot, it was time for Mindee to move back into the line up and show off her soles. Just like you see in the photo sample above, I made sure to get a good number of shots of all six soles and all 30 toes grouped together. After all, the site is called "Soles" of Silk.

Having been at this for a few hours, Mindee was wanting to do one last set. I said we could shoot whatever we wanted. The ladies decided to make it a two girl and Mindee and her mom teamed up again. Mrs. Dolly told them to go have fun!

We wrapped up things with a mother/daughter combo, teaming Mindee & Shelby together again.

Set #5 - See Thru Socks
For this last set, I pulled out a pack of socks I had bought on Amazon earlier this year. It was a five pack of black and see through socks that I knew would make for a unique look. Mindee and Shelby each picked out a pair and we were off.

We shot this set on Mindee's bed. We had a good laugh as Mindee's mom used to joke with Mindee about shooting sets on the bed back before she ever modeled herself. Today I said, "Here's where the magic happens."

I really enjoyed this set as Mindee and her mom had a lot of fun tugging off each other's socks and doing some playful poses. Anyone who has seen the Bubble Wands and/or Kiddie Pool sets they did back in 2017 will totally understand. They were back at their usual shenanigans.

With the day already running a few hours and Mindee having to run out to work (plus all of us being hungry), we shot this set pretty quickly and wrapped things up in no time. 

All in all, today was a fun time. I didn't know what to expect since I was feeling down and out when I woke up. I wasn't sure if I'd do today justice, but I think things worked out quite nice. As always, I must thank Mindee for making this all happen. Whether these kinds of sets are your cup of tea or not, it is something I have done for fun since the start of this site back in 2004. To be able to say I shot a friend of mine along with her mom and grandmom, who all have cute feet, will be something I'll never forget. Thanks Shelby and Dolly for coming along to help make this all happen.

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