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Efforts of Local Community & Social Media Bring Motek Home


Motek is home safe!! Please help share this Press Release to the media to spread our gratitude to all involved in making this a truly Happy Ending!

February 9, 2014      10:00AM


Remarkable Efforts of Local Community & Social Media Bring Motek Home

Nitai Gur and Brooke Angus of Boston, MA were celebrating their wedding in Mexico, while friends, Chris McElroy and Heather Carlson, of Avon, CT watched their dog, Motek, a female Boxer.  While hiking on 2/5/14, Motek ran off and got lost in the woods of Talcott Mountain State Park.

Chris and Heather spent the entire night and well into the day searching for Motek. By noon on 2/6/14, Chris and Heather posted on Craigslist and Facebook about Motek’s disappearance. Within hours, volunteers from CT Animal Recovery- Friends of Zoey—a volunteer animal rescue group—stepped in. They created a Facebook Page: “Bring Home Motek in Simsbury” and distributed fliers to help spread the word.

Volunteers from across New England alerted the media, animal shelters, veterinary clinics, local shops, social media, and neighbors of search efforts to find Motek. K-9 Search and Rescue Dogs from Packleader Pettracker helped search the area and narrow the region where Motek may be.

Nitai and Brooke flew back home from their honeymoon two days early to assist in the search effort.

Family, friends, and volunteers rallied together to conduct a massive search and rescue mission on Saturday morning. The rescue unfolded live on Facebook through tips from a vigilant hiker and multiple sightings of Motek moving down the mountain, towards Avon Old Farms Hotel.

Motek was reunited with her family within minutes of her rescue. Miraculously, Motek only suffered minor bruising and frostbite after three days alone in the freezing winter weather. She is now resting safely at home with her family and friends!

Nitai Gur, Brooke Angus, their family, and friends are forever grateful for the many volunteers and the local community for their efforts that brought Motek home.

For more information, please send all inquiries to Kiera Slye at kieraslye@gmail.com.





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Help Find Motek: Missing Dog Simsbury, CT

Friends, I call on you to help my good friends (who also happen to be clients of Kiera Slye Photography) find their missing dog, Motek. Motek (Mow-tech) is a female boxer who went missing in Simsbury, CT at the Talcott Mountain State Park near the Heublein Tower on Wednesday night 2/5/14. Motek’s parents are on their honeymoon in Mexico and Motek ran away when she was staying with friends. Motek is very well trained and friendly.

I will be taking the rest of the day off to assist with the search for Motek in Connecticut. All emails will be answered this weekend.

MotekUpdated2014-02-07_00012014-02-07_0002We are all very worried and need help finding her. Please share this poster with your friends on Facebook and help us #BringHomeMotekInSimsbury .

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Photographer Retreat: Boston

Hold up! Get excited! Heather McKay from McKay’s Photography based out of Rochester, NY and I are having the pow wow of all pow wow’s this week! An intensive photographer retreat in Boston! We’re deconstructing our business and making them better for you, my friends! Stay tuned for fabulous updates and to witness our progress first hand!

In the meantime, check out this fun photo I captured of Heather in the snow yesterday! I got to geek out and play with her super awesome medium format film camera! I’m having way too much fun with this lady!


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Heather McKay - February 4, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Woohoo!! Love love love this picture of me (and that NEVER happens). Thank you thank you thank you. {now, back to work}

DIY Photographer Workshop in Boston - February 16, 2014 - 8:13 pm

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First Birthday Portraits: Happy Birthday Nekesa!

This beautiful, smiley little girl turns one this weekend! We recently set up a fun cake smash and first birthday portrait session at my house for Nekesa’s First Birthday Party Invitations.  Nekesa loves kittens! For her birthday party, her super talented and creative mama decided to make a “Kitten” themed birthday party. We had a blast creating a customized set and props for this adorable session.

First, Nekesa arrived via hot air balloon. She traveled far and wide to make it here. I think she must have passed through the Rockies in Aspen, because she was wearing an adorable little ski chalet styled outfit for her balloon ride:)


Next, to get warmed up to our kitten theme, we figured Nekesa would like to play with some balls of yarn! She was even cuter than a kitten when she started kicking around the balls of yarn!2014-01-24_0001

We decided to take the kitten theme one step further. All kittens love playing with fish, so why not give Nekesa a bowl full of Goldfish to taste, smash, and play with! This was her first time tasting goldfish and boy did she love them! Welcome to the club Nekesa!

Finally, after another wardrobe change and a set change, we got down to business with our fun cake smash! I went to a cute new cake shop in our neighborhood called Oakleaf Cakes, to pick up this perfectly matching cake! It not only looked beautiful, but tasted delicious too! Nekesa dove right in with her hands, arms, and feet! She loved it! Have the happiest of birthday’s little one!


In case you missed it, here are some of the fun images we captured with Nekesa and her family on Martha’s Vineyard this summer! Don’t you just love her smile?!



I just love this family and how they know how to have fun and take time to be silly!


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Patty Brancato - January 25, 2014 - 12:04 am

I love it! Happy Birthday Nekesa!

Erin Lindstrom - January 25, 2014 - 1:25 am


Alyssa Twombly - January 25, 2014 - 4:24 am


Alyssa Twombly - January 25, 2014 - 4:24 am

cant wait for Carter’s!!!!

Julie - January 25, 2014 - 5:09 am

LOVE!!!!!!! Wonderful pictures of an amazing family – Love you all! Happy Birthday Nekesa!

Lisa - January 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Pure adorable! Happy Birthday Nekesa! We love you, sweetie!
Hugs & kisses from the Gordons

Dorothy Volpe - January 25, 2014 - 4:04 pm

my best wishes for lovely Nekesa and love to her very nice and happy family

Christina Verney - January 25, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Soooo cute happy birthday

Cathy Marine - January 26, 2014 - 5:41 pm

This was absolutely adorable. She is priceless and lucky to have such a loving family.

Madelyn Colageo - January 26, 2014 - 11:37 pm

She’s just adorable!

Gary Colageo - January 26, 2014 - 11:42 pm

She arrived in style and had fun with that cake too. The 2 lower right and left cake pictures could be Birthday cards you see in the store.

Lorna Welch - January 28, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Love you Nekesa… Happy Birthday!
xoxo… Lorna & Brian

Donations Needed for Cradles to Crayons

Recently, together with my colleagues at BNI, we volunteered in the Giving Factory of a fabulous organization called Cradles to Crayons. We spent a few hours sorting and cleaning toys for thousands of kids in need in Massachusetts. This non-profit was the most organized, passionate, and fun group of people to work with! Their mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive- at home, at school, and at play.

In Massachusetts alone, there are more than 305,000 children, 12 years and under, that are living in low-income households. In any given year, more than 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience homelessness! These statistics are staggering and hit home for me. There are so many children in need and so much we can do with just a little effort to help out!

I figured now is a great time to go through our homes and take an inventory of things that can be donated to help out. From now until February 12th,  I am hosting a collection drive for new and nearly new goods for children ages 0-12. This includes toys, clothing, footwear, outerwear, and new underwear, socks, and diapers. Click here for a complete list of items that are accepted. 

The most urgent need is for the following items:

1- Girls winter coats size 2T

2- New socks and underwear, all sizes

3- Warm hats and gloves, size 5-7 (both boys and girls)

The coolest part about Cradles to Crayons is that they strive to create gift packages for children that are tailored to the individual child. So for example, if Charlie, a 3 year old boy, loves Thomas the Train and the color red, Cradles to Crayons will try to send train toys, clothing with the Thomas Logo and say a red jacket. It makes the experience fun for the personal “shoppers” at Cradles to Crayons to pick out items for each kid, but must also be an amazing feeling for a child in need to receive such a special package.

So, what do you think? Do you have any new or nearly new items just laying around your home that could help out one of these 305,000 children in need? If so, send me an email at kieraslyephotography@gmail.com and I can arrange a time to collect your donations. I can’t WAIT to deliver them on 2/12!

Thank you so much guys!


For more information about how to give back, ways to volunteer and more, check out www.cradlestocrayons.org.


Here are a few images from our trip to the Giving Factory! Children as young as 5 can volunteer at the Giving Factory to help out! What a great way to share the value of giving back with your child! Consider a family trip soon!




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