January 6, 2021 – During weekends in December, Patriot Place teamed up with some local moms to help keep spirits merry and bright with the Capture Joy photo project. To thank guests for their continued support and loyalty, Patriot Place invited guests to have free family portraits taken in front of the scenic backdrop of Gillette Stadium and festive holiday decorations. Patriot Place didn’t have to look far to find the right photographers for the job, hiring five working mothers from the surrounding community for the project.

Faye Joyce has been a Foxborough resident for the past 21 years and first got into photography eight years ago as a way to capture memories of her own family. Joyce enjoyed the opportunity to help other families make memories during the holiday season.

“It was nice to be able to give back a little bit to people during such a difficult year,” Joyce said. “There were a lot of families and a lot of smiles which was nice to see, and it was great to see people together as a family.”

Julie Curry is another Foxborough mother who has pursued a passion for photography ever since she was a teenager. For the past three years, Curry has taken on projects like shooting seasonal and family photos. She especially enjoyed being a part of Capture Joy to spread holiday cheer to other families right down the street from her house.

“It was cool to be able to do something at Patriot Place and work together to spread the holiday joy and capture these moments for families after a tough year,” Curry said. “Part of the reason I love photography is because it allows you to capture these special moments. Especially as a mom, I feel like capturing these moments is so important because your kids grow up so quickly. Most people that came had kids as well, so I loved being able to capture these moments for these families that are fleeting and disappearing so quickly.”

Amanda Silva put a bow on the event, taking photos during Capture Joy’s final day Saturday, Dec. 26. The longtime local has three children of her own and a fourth on the way, and enjoyed helping other local families make memories of their own.

“Where I was taking the photos, a lot of people go to that area just to have that view of the stadium,” Silva said. “It’s a magical place and people feel so much pride when they’re there. It was really special to me to have been a part of such a great event and share that local pride with the community, especially because I know a lot of people missed being at the stadium this year.”

During a very different holiday season, Patriot Place was overjoyed to team up with some local moms to spread holiday cheer and help other families make lasting memories together with the Capture Joy photo project.