Tuesday, December 31, 2019

15 Year Celebration - The 15 Most Photographed Models (2004-19)

Even though I have been dedicated each and every week to running Soles of Silk for the last 15 years, none of it would have possible without the models who bared their feet for my camera. A total of 108 different models did just that since 2004. As one of the final blogs of the 15 Year Celebration, I want to take a look at the 15 who compiled the most photos on the site over the course of these last 15 years. These are the ones who deserve the most love and attention for all that they have done. 

Before getting into the 15 most photographed models, there were three who just missed the cut. A total of 18 models have joined the site's 1K Club (1,000 photo mark). That means by naming the 15 most photographed, three would be left off the list. I wanted them still featured here nonetheless as their contributions have all been amazing to Soles of Silk.

Honorable Mentions: Emerald (1,170), Kimmie (1,220), & Jordana (1,266)

Now, onto the 15 models who make up The 15 Most Photographed Models of Soles of Silk's first 15 years online:

15. Kayleigh
# of Published Photos: 1,434
Site Debut: October 21, 2009
K Clubs Joined: 1K (May 23, 2012)
Star Model Appearance: 1 (2011)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 2 - 2 (2009)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: After School Feet (June 2012)

There was a point in time that I fully expected that Kayleigh would challenge becoming the site's most photographed model. She wasted no time in joining the model roster, shooting the very day that she turned 18. From there, she quickly became one of my go-to models for sets. She loved shooting and I always loved shooting her.

What ultimately led to Kayleigh not compiling as many photos as I thought she would was a result of her moving away for a few years. I went some time without shooting with her, but we did get together again for a few sets when she moved back home. Those initial return sets were our last photos, however. 

We have always talked about shooting again, but just never have. I need to hit her up again. I think 2020 would rock if I had some new photos of Kayleigh and her little feet after all this time.

14. Abby
# of Published Photos: 1,457
Site Debut: January 26, 2005
K Clubs Joined: 1K (September 4, 2013)
Star Model Appearance: 1 (2007)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 4 - 1 (2006), 1 (2011), 1 (2013), 1 (2014)
Wu's Feet Links Interview: February 2006

We all know Abby's story at this point. My ex-girlfriend from the late 90's. My first true foot model. The star of my former site, The 10 Little Piggies. Getting her to return for Soles of Silk felt only natural. 

Along the way we have done some great sets, but we always seem to shoot and then go on long breaks between sets. The one you see above was the last set of hers that I had waiting to be published, which came during October's Cereal Killers Month. She's certainly another model that I really need to find some time to shoot with again. I know many of you would like that as well since she has a legion of longtime fans.

13. Melani
# of Published Photos: 1,459
Site Debut: April 12, 2017
K Clubs Joined: 1K (December 13, 2018)
Star Model Appearance: 1 (2017)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 7 - 3 (2017), 2 (2018), 2 (2019)

It took a little over one year for Melani to join the 1K Club (1,000 photos). It took all of one day for her to become one of the site's most popular models when she debuted in April 2017. When her preview photos were published to the site's former Instagram account, I knew I had a new fan favorite on my hands. Or in my hands, since she really loves having her feet rubbed. 

Now that I'm done bragging, Melani shot a ton of content right away. We did shoot earlier this year, but it's been months since that shoot. She still loves being in front of my camera and you best believe I intend to find some more time for her in 2020. She's just been a little preoccupied, but I know she wants to return and do some new sets.

12. Kaycee
# of Published Photos: 1,479
Site Debut: July 9, 2014
K Clubs Joined: 1K (July 11, 2018)
Star Model Appearance: 1 (2015)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 6 - 1 (2014), 1 (2015), 1 (2016), 1 (2018), 2 (2019)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: Dockside Damsel (July 2015)

Ever since I met Kaycee I have adored her. We quickly became good friends and she's someone I cherish spending time with. The funniest thing is, I didn't think she'd be up for shooting for me. When I ultimately asked her, however, she said yes. 

Ever since her first photos, she's enjoyed shooting each and every time we've found time to do some more. Some of her latest work has been among my favorite too. I really hope to keep the trend going with some more shoots in 2020. And speaking of 2020, be sure not to miss out the first set of the New Year when the much anticipated second team up set of Kaycee with Mindee hits the site.

11. Jasey Rae
# of Published Photos: 1,587
Site Debut: October 30, 2013
K Clubs Joined: 1K (April 11, 2018)
Star Model Appearance: 2 (2017, 2019)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 5 - 1 (2015), 1 (2016), 1 (2017), 2 (2019)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: Captain of the All-Tease Cheer Squad (July 2018)

Jasey Rae is someone who has always enjoyed spending time in front of my camera and showing off her chubby toes. It seems like the last couple of years, however, she's really found her groove and loves shooting even more.

Like Kaycee, the last few years has seen some of my favorite sets of Jasey's up to this point. She's always been awesome, but I just feel like her and those plump piggies are just killing it as of late. She had some of the best sets of 2019, in my opinion.

10. Kellie
# of Published Photos: 1,740
Site Debut: March 30, 2005
K Clubs Joined: 1K (October 8, 2008)
Star Model Appearance: 2 (2005, 2006)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 4 - 2 (2005), 1 (2006), 1 (2007)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: Football Fun w/ Kimmie (February 2007)

Like her identical twin sister, Kimmie (honorable mentions), I really miss shooting with Kellie. My original twin duo dominated the site in its early years. People loved them and they loved shooting new photos too. I was one happy photographer anytime I had them solo or together.

Sadly, things change over time and I ended up growing apart from both twins. They changed jobs and I was in touch with them less and less as time moved on. Still, Kellie compiled so many photos in the years that she shot. Back then she was always finding time for photos and foot rubs. I wish I had found some more time for her back then.

9. Wendy
# of Published Photos: 1,763
Site Debut: May 17, 2006
K Clubs Joined: 1K (December 29, 2009)
Star Model Appearance: 3 (2006, 2008, 2012) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 3 - 1 (2006), 1 (2008), 1 (2012)

I was so happy to get Wendy to shoot for Soles of Silk. Like Abby, she was a former model on The 10 Little Piggies. She might very well have been one of my most popular models from that site too. Her popularity sure didn't wane when she brought those smooth size 8 feet to my new site. She was remembered by many who loved her and she also picked up plenty new fans upon debuting.

Wendy and I would shoot on a regular basis for many years. The last few years, however, we have kind of lost touch. Every so often we do exchange a quick message with one another. She's never really replied to any new shoot requests, so I'm thinking she might be done with shooting and focused more on family. I respect that. At the same time, you best bet she'd be welcomed back in a heart beat if she ever said she wanted to shoot again.

7. (tie) Jamie
# of Published Photos: 1,874
Site Debut: August 4, 2010
K Clubs Joined: 1K (February 19, 2014)
Star Model Appearance: 3 (2010, 2012, 2014) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 2 - 1 (2010), 1 (2011)

Jamie loved shooting every chance she could get back when she debuted. We did a bunch of sets the summer she turned 18. Once she went away to school though, we'd have to pause for a bit. She would always be sure to find some time to do new photos when she came home for break, or was off for the summer. 

Ultimately, Jamie compiled a bunch of photo sets that I love, doing so in some very interesting settings. She was someone I figured would join the 2K Club (2,000 photos), but we kind of grew apart along the way. No drama or anything like that, we just don't see one another or chat much at all. I mean, she also might have gotten to 2K had her feet not spent so many hours in my hands during those shoots too. Oh well, she loved foot rubs and I liked giving them.

7. (tie) Madison
# of Published Photos: 1,874
Site DebutDecember 29, 2004 (Site Launch Model)
K Clubs Joined: 1K (January 9, 2008)
Star Model Appearance: 3 (2004, 2006, 2008) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 10 - 1 (2004), 2 (2005), 3 (2006), 1 (2007), 1 (2008), 2 (2009)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: Piggy Bank Piggies (March 2008)

When Soles of Silk launched, Madison was like Mindee is now. She shot for me all the time and was the site's main model. We were friends for a handful of years and she even had a few photos on The 10 Little Piggies too. She really came into her own on Soles of Silk though, doing a lot of the most memorable sets in its early years.

I would have never envisioned a time when I wasn't shooting with Madison. Sadly, however, she met some new friends and we kind of grew apart. I would have loved if she and Mindee would have constantly been vying for the top spot on this site all these years later. That would have been awesome. Her friendship and those slender soles are truly missed.

6. Kelsey
# of Published Photos: 1,889
Site Debut: February 1, 2006
K Clubs Joined: 1K (February 5, 2014)
Star Model Appearance: 1 (2016) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 6 - 1 (2006), 1 (2007), 1 (2009), 1 (2015), 2 (2017)

Kelsey was one of my models who shot for me right after turning 18. She did some great sets early on and then she moved. We stayed in touch, but with the distance between us, I wasn't sure if I'd ever shoot her again. Then she came back home.

We started shooting again, but since her return, it's always been something we do every so often. I always wanted her to do more, but she's focused on a lot of family things right now. That comes first and I understand that. My camera is always ready should she and those pudgy piggies crave more camera time.

5. Layla
# of Published Photos: 1,942
Site Debut: June 22, 2005
K Clubs Joined: 1K (January 14, 2009)
Star Model Appearance: 3 (2005, 2007, 2009) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 5 - 1 (2007), 1 (2008), 3 (2009)

Like Madison, Layla was one of my site's early year MVP's. She and I met online and met up for a shoot back in 2005. We got along great and decided to do it again. From there, we made more plans and before you know it, she's also introducing me to some of her friends and even her very own sister, Jaylee Austin. From there, you were also introduced to them as she got them to shoot sets with her, as well as on their own.

Layla was always down to shoot some fun themes and go to some unique locations. She made shooting easy and I really miss meeting up with her. She moved years ago and we really haven't stayed in touch, sadly. I can only imagine where her photo count would be at this point had she not moved.

4. Alice
# of Published Photos: 2,128
Site Debut: May 6, 2015
K Clubs Joined: 1K (June 7, 2017), 2K (August 14, 2019)
Star Model Appearance: 2 (2014, 2016)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 7 - 1 (2015), 2 (2016), 1 (2017), 1 (2018), 2 (2019)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: The SK8R Gal Who Wears Size 11 Skates (July 2017)
Wu's Feet Links Interview: January 22, 2016

This year marked the first time a model had joined the 2K Club since Mindee accomplished the feat back in 2014. Alice became the site's fourth member of the elite group that also consists of Cierra, Mindee, and Charlee (below), who also joined in 2019. As a matter of fact, Charlee and Alice joined in back-to-back weeks. Talk about an iconic two week span.

Alice, from the very start, has cherished every moment she's had in front of my camera. She was so unsure back when she started of what to do, or if people would love her big feet and long toes. Those worries quickly faded though when her Instagram photo previews received so much love and admiration. 

Furthermore, Alice made me really start to find big feet and long toes more desirable than I ever had. There's just something so dominant about her size 11's to me. Pair that with the fact that she knows I'm mesmerized by them, and I always want to find more time to take photos of them.

In 2019 I didn't really shoot much. Alice was someone I am really sad that I didn't get in any new content with. Even though I'm sitting on a few sets of hers still, I want more. We shot so much the last couple of years, but I still need more. In 2020 I am going to make it a point to shoot those size 11's like I was a few years ago... every chance I could get. Mindee needs some company in the K Clubs 3K and above. Alice is someone I want to see join her.

3. Charlee
# of Published Photos: 2,182
Site Debut: September 16, 2009
K Clubs Joined: 1K (July 10, 2013), 2K (August 7, 2019)
Star Model Appearance: 2 (2011, 2018) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 4 - 2 (2011), 1 (2018), 1 (2019)

Charlee wasn't around for the first five years of Soles of Silk's existence, but when she debuted in 2009, she started making her mark and doing so at a constant pace. I've shot so many photos with Charlee during the last 10 years that I've always been sitting on something of hers at any given time. That's a good thing too. Let me explain. 

Charlee moved a few times in recent years and we have been unable to shoot for long stretches of time. When she does come home to visit, however, she always finds time for me and some new photos. We're already talking about doing some new ones in March and I can't wait. The 3K Club is only a matter of time for Charlee, I'm sure.

2. Cierra
# of Published Photos: 2,484
Site DebutDecember 29, 2004 (Site Launch Model)
K Clubs Joined: 1K (March 2009), 2K (December 28, 2011)
Star Model Appearance: 3 (2008, 2009, 2010) 
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 10 - 1 (2004), 1 (2005), 4 (2008), 2 (2010), 1 (2015), 1 (2016)
Wu's Feet Links Feature: Foot & Size Tease (March 2009)

The first site model to reach the 2K Club, Cierra's sweaty little soles were constantly in front of my camera for a number of years. She began a little slow, but eventually got into the swing of things and did some of the site's most memorable sets. People couldn't get enough of her damp feet and when I wasn't shooting them, I was busy rubbing them and getting my hands all moist in the process. Yes, they really do sweat that much.

All that being said, Cierra is someone that I have sadly not shot in a few years. A while back she went a few years without shooting too, but eventually made a return. I was so happy to have her back, but it was short-lived. She is still living local, but goes long stretches of time without replying to my shoot requests. For the longest time we were trying to plan some new sets, but she always seems t go silent after touching base. Maybe one day she'll show me her sweaty soles again. I'd love for that to happen as she's one of the site's most recognizable models over the first 15 years.

1. Mindee
# of Published Photos: 6,839
Site Debut: December 29, 2004 (Site Launch Model)
K Clubs Joined: 1K (May 19, 2010), 2K (January 8, 2014), 3K (December 23, 2015), 4K (October 26, 2016), 5K (May 2, 2018), 6K (December 5, 2018)
Star Model Appearances: 7 (2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
10 Favorite Set Appearances: 26 - 1 (2004), 1, (2008), 1 (2009), 1 (2010), 2 (2011), 2 (2012), 1 (2013), 2 (2014), 3 (2015), 4 (2016), 3 (2017), 4 (2018), 1 (2019)
Wu's Feet Links Features: Piggies & Power Girl (March 2010), The Ferris-t of Them All (July 2016)

So Mindee is going to be joining the 7K Club (7,000 photo mark) very soon. She'll be only a few photos away after this first update in 2020. That'll mean that she's well on her way of having three times as many photos as Cierra, who is only one spot behind her on this list. That is crazy to think of as I sit here writing this.

I have so many sets of Mindee already shot that are just waiting for their chance to get onto the site too. I think I could reasonably get her to 8K and 9K without shooting a single photo of her again at this point. Don't worry though as I have no intentions on stopping. I think 10K and beyond is a must for my muse. 

Mindee is amazing and I'm so happy to have her as one of my best friends. Not bad for someone who only shot for me because I assured her that I really needed some people to do it, huh? What she thought was probably a one and done has resulted in over 95 published sets and 32 yet unpublished ones at the close to 2019. I wish I had taken even more. Oh well, I'll make up for these next 15 years.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

15 Year Celebration - 15 of the Site's Most Unique Sets (2004-19)

In 15 years I have been able to shoot some amazing sets. I just recently published the blog, "15 Year Celebration - My 15 All-Time Favorite Sets (2004-19)," but in this blog I want to look at some of the more unique sets to ever appear on Soles of Silk. What constitutes as unique? Well, anything really. Maybe it is a setting, or a theme. Perhaps a model duo or trio that I never thought I'd feature on my site. Or maybe it's just something no other set on the site has done, thus making it unique.

Just like my list of all-time favorites, I had a lot of sets to choose from to make this one. I think this list was a little easier to do, but some sets did just miss the cut. Here are a few honorable mentions to kick things off:

Honorable Mentions: Kayleigh - After School Feet (2012 - Wu's Feet Links Feature), Kayleigh - Amusement Park Rides (January 5, 2011), and Alice - Shark Bites (July 26, 2017)

Now, let's take a look at the 15 sets that I deemed to be the most unique sets on the site and why:

15. Nighty, Night
Model: Sue Lovely
Published Date: September 28, 2005

Outdoor sets at night are not the norm on Soles of Silk. Yet, I managed to shoot one before I even opened the site with Sue Lovely. Our final set of the evening, the only time we ever met up to shoot, had us up on top a parking garage. We didn't take any lighting with us, just the overhead street lamps. After trying to use a flash a couple of times to see how those would look, I just decided to stick with what was overhead. The yellow tint it created only added to the effect, in my opinion.

14. Let's Go Ravens!
Model: Precious
Published Date: September 7, 2005

I've shot outside of a few stadiums over the years, but the only time I shot inside one was with Precious. The set itself was on the smaller size because we were certainly catching some eyes doing this one. It was a pre-season game and we went into the stadium early to try to have as few people as possible walking around. We lucked out and got in 31 photos before the stands started to fill in with fans.

When we were finally walking down to our seats for the game, we had a bit of a scare. The usher asked to see my camera. I was reluctant, thinking they had been watching us. When I balked, he said, "You don't want a photo with the pretty girl?" Precious and I both laughed and stood in front of the field for a couple quick shots that the usher took for us. No, she didn't have her shoes off in those.

13. Funnel Cake Fun
Model: Kellie
Published Date: October 11, 2006

Food sets have always been something that I've had my models shoot over the years. Generally, however, most of those are indoors. A few have been outdoors, but have been in places where prying eyes won't easily see. Then there is Kellie's funnel cake set on the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, in Delaware. Yup, we shot this one right out in the open and I know people had to see. The sea gulls were paying a lot of attention to us too.

12. Mud Jeans
Model: Marcy
Published Date: June 9, 2010

Speaking of people seeing, Marcy didn't give a crap that she was in a small park, right next to two roads when she plopped herself right into some of the sloppiest mud I've used in a shoot. It was all her idea too!

It decided to rain the day we made plans to shoot this set, so I asked Marcy if she wanted to just do a mud set after the rain began to slow down. She said sure and I went and picked her up. What I expected to do was to have her stick her feet in some mud. What Marcy wanted to do was jump right into the puddle. Who was I to argue?

Towards the end of this shoot we also had a guy in a work van drive by and call us, "Fucking Weirdos," but we've surely been called worse before.

11. World's Oldest Roller Coaster
Model: Mindee
Published Date: June 1, 2016

This set is far from unique in regards to Mindee shooting a set at an amusement park. As a matter of fact, she's done that three times, as have numerous other models on the site have. What makes this particular set unique is that it features the oldest roller coaster in the world and we were able to get right up on the station.

On the day that we went to this park, the coaster happened to be closed for some maintenance. We asked if we could go up on the station and take a few photos. We were told we could and Mindee just so happened to be wearing flip flops which are quite easy to kick off for some photos.

10. Zombie, Zombie, Zomb-ie-ie-ie
Model: Kaycee
Published Date: October 29, 2014

Back in 2014 I decided to try to get creative with a set for Halloween. A friend at work is into cosplay and I asked her to help me out. I wanted something interesting for Kaycee to wear and with the zombie craze going on surrounding The Walking Dead, I decided to go that route.

The friend into cosplay, Felicia, helped make Kaycee's outfit and even came along for the shoot to dress her up. We were all very pleased with the outcome. This set remains the only set I've ever really done this with costume work to this day. And after Felicia came along for this shoot, she decided to model too.

9. Mindee's Second Feature Presentation
Model: Mindee
Published Date: July 2016 (Wu's Feet Links Feature Set)

Again, this set with Mindee isn't rare because it is a Wu's Feet Links feature set. I've had 13 of those over the years - a few of which you're seeing on this list for various reasons. What makes this one unique for Soles of Silk is that it's the only feature set to feature a model on the site who had already done a feature set previously.

Back in 2010, Mindee did her first feature set, "Piggies & Power Girl," and it marked Mindee's fast track into becoming the site's most photographed model. Then, six years later, with a firm grasp on having the most photos on the site of any model, I asked her to do it again. The feature set, "The Ferris-t of Them All," was the result. I felt like she deserved the spotlight again since she's done so much for me and has really made her mark on Soles of Silk.

8. A Double Feature
Model: Kimmie & Kellie
Published Date: February 2007 (Wu's Feet Links Feature Set)

Here is another one of the Wu's Feet Links features you'll see on this list. What makes this set unique is that it was the first time Wu ever featured more than one model in a feature set. So it kind of goes without saying that it was the first time he featured twins in a feature set too. 

Needless to say, he very much welcomed this 2006 feature set titled, "Football Fun." It was a massive hit with his site goers and had people wanting to see more and more of Kimmie and Kellie.

7. A Not So Wintry Wonderland
Model: Mindee
Published Date: February 4, 2005

I said at the very start of this set that I rarely ever shoot outside in the dark. Well, here's another set where that was the case and it was totally Mindee's idea. We got out of work early because of snow and she had the bright idea to to do a set outside. Knowing it was going to be dark soon, I told her I didn't know if it would work with the lighting. I also didn't have my camera as it was out for repairs. 

Mindee was not going to be deterred, however. She told me to come over to her house where we used her mom's digital camera and used my car's headlights to light the scene. She froze her little piggies off, but we did the set nonetheless. She still gives me grief about this set to this very day, but I am always quick to remind her that this was 100 percent her idea.

6. Barely Legal Sweet Feet
Model: Kayleigh
Published Date: October 21, 2009 & October 28, 2009

I have shot a handful of models the day after they turned 18. With Kayleigh, however, we shot the actual day she turned 18. She couldn't wait to shoot and told me she wanted to do it on her birthday. Luckily for the both of us, her 18th birthday fell on a day we were both off from work. 

We shot two candy themed sets with Halloween on it's way. I published the sets in back to back weeks too, making her debut a two week long event. She and her little feet were very popular and made Kayleigh an instant hit. She would go on to shoot for me quite regularly afterward too.

5. Feature Debut
Model: Ryan
Published Date: July 2011 (Wu's Feet Links Feature Set)

The final Wu's Feet Links feature that you will find on this list belongs to Ryan. If you're asking what could be more unique than a feature set featuring twins, or one featuring the only two-time feature model from the site, well, I would perfectly understand. That seems hard to top.

What makes Ryan's feature, "Sexiest Catch," unique is because she actually made her debut with this set. In 2011, I had a few models slated to do the July feature who ultimately fell through. I also had plans on shooting Ryan as her 18th birthday was coming up. That's when I had the idea to see if Wu would want to debut her on his site with a feature. If so, I'd hold off her site debut until after her feature set was published. No other model had ever been featured in a feature set who wasn't known elsewhere first.

When Wu saw the sample shots from the first two sets I had shot with Ryan, he quickly agreed. We came up with the fishing theme and Ryan and I went back out and shot that set for her feature.

In the weeks leading up to the feature's debut, everyone was asking, "Who is Ryan?" Well, they soon found out. This was the first time any model on Wu's Feet Links debuted in their feature set.

4. Fraternal
Model: Felicia & Bridgette
Published Date: December 24, 2014

You wouldn't know it, but Felicia and Bridgette are twins. They're fraternal twins. I had never shot a pair of fraternal twins and jumped at the chance to do so. I wasn't certain that I'd ever get to shoot with Bridgette though.

Felicia debuted first, but Bridgette didn't come along. It wasn't like with Kimmie and Kellie where I shot the both of them together from the start. Bridgette took some coaxing and eventually shot three sets in total. Luckily two of those sets came with her sister and this was the first one to make it onto the site - a Christmas themed set in 2014. It was quickly followed by a New Year's themed set by the same duo the very next week.

3. Identical
Model: Kimmie & Kellie
Published Date: March 30, 2005

Naturally, more twins. This time, the identical twin duo of Kimmie and Kellie. These two were mainstays on Soles of Silk for a good portion of it's early existence. I debuted them together and they shot together numerous times throughout the years. Had the two things below not happened, Kimmie's and Kellie's duo debut would have probably topped this list.

2. Moms Know Best
Model: Mindee & Shelby
Published Date: July 19, 2017

Years ago, Mindee sent me a photo of two feet that looked a lot like hers, but I could tell weren't hers. Hell, they even had the same tattoo. It turned out to be her mom's feet. Mrs. Shelby, Mindee's mom, is someone I've known for years, being such good friends with Mindee. When Mindee told me her mom wanted to shoot with her, I thought she was screwing around. That, or Mindee's mom was just having some fun.

Guess what? She wasn't. Mindee and her mom got together in the summer of 2017 and shot a few sets together. It was such an amazing moment and one that was massively over when Soles of Silk fans when they saw early teaser shots on the site's former Instagram page. 

I never thought I'd shoot something more unique than a mother/daughter combo. That was until 2018...

1. If Mom Doesn't Give You What You Want, Ask Grandmom
Model: Mindee, Shelby, & Dolly
Published Date: May 8, 2019

At the end of 2018 I did something even more unique than shooting a mother/daughter combo. I shot two of them in the same set. It wasn't two different mother/daughter pairings. Nope. This was even more unique than that. This one featured three generations from one family. Mindee and Shelby showed Mrs. Dolly (Shelby's mom/Mindee's grandmom) their photos and she said she'd do one with them too. When Mindee told me this, I really thought they were joking this time. I should have learned my lesson from the last time, however, as I ended up shooting all three of them together later that year. I held the set off until Mother's Day 2019 as it just made sense to publish such a set for that week.

What sets on Soles of Silk do you think are the most unique? What made them unique to you? I'd love to know. Leave a comment on this blog, or head over to the site's Twitter page (@SolesofSilk) and let me know.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

15 Year Celebration - My 15 All-Time Favorite Sets (2004-19)

This list was one of the hardest things I ever had to do for Soles of Silk. Trying to come up with my annual favorite sets lists is hard enough, but doing one for all 15 years of the site's existence... Yeah, not easy!

When I first sat down to create this list, my first idea was to rank the number one sets from each year against one another. The more and more I thought about it, however, the less that made sense. Some years I had a bunch of really strong sets that I absolutely loved. Other years, especially some of the site's earliest, I don't feel as strongly about. So a second or third place set from one year might be better in my eyes than first place sets from other years. With that being said, I decided to go ahead and open it up to all of the sets on the site, including Wu's Feet Links feature sets.

In my annual blogs I never include a Wu's Feet Links feature. It's just something I've never done, feeling that I try to always go above and beyond with those. With this list, however, I felt like it needed to encompass everything I've ever shot for Soles of Silk.

With all this being said, I don't know if I could come up with this same exact list twice if you asked me to do it again from scratch. I've been working on this in the background for a couple of months trying to get it just right. I was still moving sets around right up until recently, but now it's time to publish this blog. Now these sets will be set in stone as My 15 All-Time Favorite Sets from 2004-19. But first, here are a few honorable mentions to kick things off:

Honorable Mentions: Cierra - Trix Cereal (March 24, 2010), Aspen - All-American Feet (2013 - Wu's Feet Links Feature), and Mindee - Gummi Worms (January 8, 2014)

Now, onto the main list - the one I struggled for months to complete. Again, this wasn't easy, but I'm happy with what I came up with.

15. Beach Front Coasters
Model: Mindee
Published Date: July 29, 2015

Mindee is one of my roller coaster buddies. We have been to so many different amusement parks together. One of my most memorable trips with her, however, was the one that led us to Cedar Point. It was her first visit and naturally I brought my camera along to capture some photos.

With Cedar Point on a peninsula sticking out into Lake Erie, we made sure to head outside on our final day and hit the beach. We weren't going swimming though. Nope! We were going to shoot some photos. Sandy beaches, wild roller coasters, and two of the prettiest size 8 feet in the world made this set my 15th favorite set of the site's first 15 years online. 

It feels only right to get things started off with Mindee too because it's not going to be the last time you're going to see her on this list. Far from it!

14. Lots of Converse
Model: Cierra
Published Date: January 13, 2010

For a good while Cierra was the site's most photographed model. She wanted to shoot every chance she got. Well, there was a day that we shot three awesome sets that included the Trix Cereal one seen in the honorable mentions above, as well as this one with a bunch of her Converse shoes.

This set idea was totally Cierra's. She loves Chuck Taylor's and asked if I wanted to do a set with some of them. I said sure and came away with one of the best sweaty feet/shoes sets ever to appear on Soles of Silk. I mean, Cierra's feet were sweaty in practically every set she did, but this one really captured it well. Add in the vibrant colors and it's easy to see why I loved this one so much.

13. Ravens Socks
Model: Ginger
Published Date: September 8, 2010

It took me forever to convince Ginger to shoot for me. I mean, I originally asked her back when I was running The 10 Little Piggies. She always said no, but a few years after I opened Soles of Silk, she changed her mind. I was so elated!

One of only several shoots that she ended up doing remains one of my favorites to this day. A Ravens fan, like myself, she was really excited when I asked her to do a set themed around the home team. As a matter of fact, we did two different sets with a Ravens theme that day. One was down on the field on the bright green turf. The other one, this one, was shot up in the stands and featured Ginger's feet in some black knee high socks. Watching her pull them from her adorable feet was amazing and I captured it perfectly each step along the way.

12. Playground Bubbles Remake
Model: Jasey Rae
Published Date: July 3, 2019

This 15th Anniversary Remake set featuring Jasey Rae, has been placing well on several other recent blogs that I've published lately, including "My Favorite Sets of 2019" (3rd) and "15 Year Celebration - My Favorite Remakes of the 15 Year Celebration" (2nd). Well, it's making this list too.

I can't say enough great things about this set. Jasey Rae, looking cute as always, killed it in this one. We captured so many bubbles throughout the entirety of the set. Her feet were front and center for many of them, making you feel like she was sticking them right up to your face. I mean, they were up in mine with only my camera separating us. I guess that was a good thing because I was able to capture it all for you to see the amazing sight that was before my eyes on that day.

This won't be the last set on this list that you will see from 2019, or the last of the remakes done throughout the year. Needless to say, 2019 featured some amazing new sets.

11. Kiddie Pool
ModelsMindee & Shelby
Published Date: July 19, 2017

Talk about a splash. No, I'm not talking splashing about in the pool, although these 20 pruned toes and four soles did their fair share of that in this duo set. What I'm talking about was the splash that was made when I published the first set of Mindee with her mom, Shelby, to Soles of Silk. People went nuts afterward, loving the mother/daughter combo, and wanting to see more.

This team up was something that I never thought I'd get to shoot, but one that I love having in front of my camera. This set was amazing, but it's not the last time you're going to see these two teaming up on this list. Keep on reading!

10. See Thru Rainbow Socks
ModelMindee & Melani
Published Date: May 30, 2018

From one team up with Mindee, to another. The very moment that Melani debuted on Soles of Silk, I was already thinking about getting her to do a shoot with Mindee. One of the site's newest models, with one of the site's longest tenured would be awesome. Both are two of the most popular, so I knew getting them together would only result in great things... and it did!

Watching these two tugging off some of the most unique socks I've ever featured on Soles of Silk in this set was something that I'll never forget. I had made plans to shoot with Melani for the evening, but told Mindee she should come by if she had some free time. Luckily, she did. What resulted was one of the most fun sets I've shot on the site in 15 years. I loved this one so much that I had this set featured predominately on the site's social media pages as well as the splash page for quite some time.

9. I Hold The Key
ModelMindee & Alice
Published Date: October 31, 2019

Hey look! Another team up with Mindee. This time it's with Alice, another model I wanted Mindee to shoot with since Alice's debut. Alice was massively over upon her arrival, so I knew it would be great pairing these two up together. I always love new pairings, but when you have two models with such huge fan bases, you just know it's going to be great.

Speaking of large, this was the first time Mindee's size 8 feet were ever dwarfed in any of her team ups too. As a matter of fact, up until this point, the only time Mindee was ever featured in a set with a model having bigger feet than hers was in the trio set featuring Rein and Reese, with Reese having size 8.5's. So yeah, just a half size difference there, so that made this set unique in itself.

The theme of this set was a playful teasing one. Something about some keys, the color blue, and denial. I'll let your mind run wild with it. With the who size difference between the two models feet, they also decided to incorporate some size tease gestures too. Well, when they weren't telling me to rub their feet and teasing me that is.

8. Feathers Remake
Model: Alice & Maya
Published Date: February 20, 2019

Another team up... not with Mindee though! This one does feature Alice again, however. This particular team up set is another recent addition to the site, coming in 2019. It features Alice and Maya, who have some of the longest toes found on the site. For that reason alone, this team up was going to be memorable.

The sets that these two shot were simply amazing. While the second of the two has yet to make it onto the site, this one went up in February and was an instant hit. It was looking like it was going to be my favorite set of 2019 up until I shot the set that turned edged it out on the "My Favorite Sets of 2019" blog, and managed to pull off the number two spot on this one.

7. Soccer Goal
ModelMindee & Marcy
Published Date: June 11, 2014

For long time fans, you know that this photo was found on the site's splash page for years. And guess what? It's another team up with Mindee! This time, it's her cousin, Marcy in the set with her.

Mindee and Marcy have teamed up three times, with each and every set being memorable and turning out amazing. While I'm not a soccer fan at all, these two are and made me appreciate it the day that I was laying on the turf at their feet shooting this one. Numerous people were running around the track surrounding the field while we shot. They did their fair share of looking at us as they jogged by. I didn't care though because seeing their size 8 feet coming out of some sneakers and knee high socks had me mesmerized. 

6. Play Doh Playground
Model: Mariah
Published Date: October 2, 2013

Mindee has been the perfect segway in this blog, hasn't she? Although she's not in this set, we move on from one set featuring one of her cousins, to another one featuring a different cousin of hers, Mariah. I didn't get to shoot her much, but I was able to come away with this gem the last time we got together.

I had bought a bunch of little PlayDoh containers and I asked her what she thought about using them in one of her sets. She liked the idea and we decided to shoot it at a near by playground. That turned out to be a great choice because Mariah went to town on that soft, squishy doh. With all the different colors going on, this set was so visually appealing. The only thing softer looking may have been her little soles and toes. Just look at them up there!

5. Bubble Wands
ModelMindee & Shelby
Published Date: May 9, 2018

Umm... Mindee... Team up... Her mom, Shelby. I told you that you'd be seeing a lot of Mindee on this list and that the first set with her mom wouldn't be the last time you saw them teamed up on here either. While seeing the mother/daughter combo in the pool was fun, this set just had a certain cuteness to it that I loved. It also featured some good pops of color in it, which you can see in many of these sets on this list.

This set also holds a special place in my heart as it's technically the first one I shot with Mindee and Shelby together. I published the one in the pool first, but shooting this one was my first experience with the two of them together. It was certainly a sign of things to come with Mindee giving her mom's toes a bite at one point and then Shelby making some naughty gestures with the bubble tube. They had me blushing, which I'm sure was their intent.

4. Captain of the All-Tease Cheer Squad
Model: Jasey Rae
Published Date: July 2018 (Wu's Feet Links Feature)

I have always tried to go above and beyond with any of the sets that I have published to Wu's Feet Links as feature sets. One of my all-time favorites is this one, featuring Jasey Rae, which I titled, "Captain of the All-Tease Cheer Squad." While there is another feature set yet to come, this one just might be my favorite in the amount of foot shots found throughout.

Just like Aspen's feature set found above in the honorable mentions, sometimes I get a little artsy with my features and don't always have the model's feet front and center. This set with Jasey was able to keep her feet as the main focus while still being one of the more creative ones I shot. The cheerleader theme, the blue balls, the turf setting, all the bright colors... I can go on and on about all the things I love about this set.

3. Watermelon
Model: Melani
Published Date: August 2, 2017

I sometimes come up with an idea for a set and as much as I'd like for it to come out just how I envisioned, that's not always the case. I often say that many spontaneous sets come out to be my favorites. This set, however, is one of those ones that I planned out in advance with lots of props and my model, Melani, nailed it!

For one, this features Melani in a bikini. How can you go wrong with that? Two, she's barefoot. Three, there's colors galore in this one with the bright pinks and greens of the watermelon theme and the bright blue skies in the background. 

Back to Melani barefoot in a bikini though... Yeah, I don't really need to say anything else. This set is just awesome.

2. Kiss Our Feet
ModelMindee & Kaycee
Published Date: May 29, 2019

Mindee's back in her seventh set (eighth if you count honorable mentions), the sixth team up with five different models. This time, it's Mindee and Kaycee, two of my best female friends. This set went up earlier this year and was one of those ones that I just knew while shooting, was going to be one of my all-time favorites.

Watching these two have tons of fun in their first ever team up was something that I'll never forget. We went with a cute Kiss My Feet theme, complete with some shirts that said as much. I had them wear some thigh high socks to start out, but the rest came from these two. They owned this set and many of the fun poses, like the one above, came straight from these two. I shouldn't have expected any less. With the experience factor between the two of them, the close friendships we share, and them both knowing that teasing me can be oh so fun, I knew what I was getting myself into. Still, I could have never expected the set to come out as good as it did.

And guess what? If you liked seeing these two together, be sure to check out the very first update on Soles of Silk in 2020. It features these two together again. I'm thinking there's going to be a good chance that you'll be seeing that one as one of my favorites of 2020.

1. The SK8R Gal Who Wears Size 11 Skates
Model: Alice
Published Date: July 2017 (Wu's Feet Links Feature)

Since 2017 I have been giving this set praise as one of my all-time favorites. Well, now that there is a list, it is indeed, my all-time favorite. This set, Alice's 2017 Wu's Feet Links feature, titled, "The SK8R Gal Who Wears Size 11 Skates," is my claims this spot for countless reasons.

The first aspect I loved about this set is the theme. It's one that Alice and I had talked about for a while. She always wanted to do a set with roller skates and up until that point, it's a theme I had never done. When I decided to have Alice represent Soles of Silk as a Wu's Feet Links feature model, I told her we should do with with that set. She agreed. We even shot it over a year before it would be published and did a slow burn tease of it's impending release. Each week I'd remove a panel off the image to slowly reveal a sample photo from the set. People checked back over and over to get that next glimpse.

Next up for things that I love about this one is the setting. Instead of just doing this set somewhere local, Alice and I decided to go to the beach. We had ourselves a little day trip up to Seaside Heights, N.J., where I had the best day of shooting I've ever had (see blog: "15 Year Celebration - My Best Day of Shooting"). I thought using the boardwalk in this set would make for a great backdrop. I was right.

Color is a big thing I love about this one too. Getting the rainbow striped thigh high socks, I knew I wanted this set to be colorful. I also grabbed the glow necklaces and gloves. I asked Alice to bring something colorful to wear, but what I didn't know was that she was going to have multi-colored hair. When I saw that, my jaw dropped. I loved it! It sure added to this set too. The bright blue skies and green bench also were quite vibrant as well, which certainly added just a little more color to an already colorful set.

I was all about Alice's sweaty feet with this set. You know how much I love them and the fact that it was a hot morning in the summer at the beach had Alice's usually sweaty feet, sweating a little extra. Well, that and the fact that they were trapped inside of skates and thigh high socks. I'm sure all the artsy skating pictures we shot at the start of the set before she even attempted to pull off her footwear contributed too. And luckily for me, after we finished up shooting, we sat in my car to cool off while Alice looked through the photos on my camera and I sat there with those size 11's, still moist, in my hands for about an hour.

Lastly, the thing I loved the most about this set was the fact that Alice was in it. Her and those size 11 feet have charmed me since her debut. I really feel like this set theme is one that lent itself to her too. Although I wouldn't mind shooting other roller skate themed sets, I just can't see anyone else doing it in the way that Alice did in this set. She made it her own and one I have been touting as a favorite since it was published. Now I can clearly say, it is my all-time favorite. It's going to be a hard one to dethrone too.

So, which sets from Soles of Silk do you think deserved to be on this list? Did I come close to the ones that you would have picked? I'd love to see what sets you love the most and would have put on your list if you had written it. Hit me up on the site's Twitter (@SolesofSilk) and let me know.

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