Photographer Brandy Villarreal, who specializes in portraits and outdoor photography, had fun with the children especially, taking pictures of them playing in the leftover snow outside the shelter.
"Once I edit these, it'll be really cool. They won't even be able to tell where they are," Villarreal said. She plans to provide each family with a CD of the edited photos as an added bonus.
Kelli Cho, a volunteer at the shelter, organized the whole event in honor of the Olivia Act - what photographers across the country are doing to provide needy families with portraits in honor of 6-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Olivia Engel.
Christy Post, the director of the Battered Families Shelter under United Way, said that the four families living at the shelter were really excited about it.
"The hair and make-up especially was really exciting for them. Some of them don't have pictures," Post said. For some of the shelter's families like Noelle, Cody and Sarah Stanfield, it was the first time they had ever gotten professional pictures taken.