Matt and Andrea Family

Meet the Priebe’s … Matt — husband, dad, and Youth Pastor for First Baptist Church; Andrea, his sweet and gorgeous wife with many responsibilities managing the household and helping Matt; oldest daughter Madelyn, son Brennan, and the youngest, Autumn. Matt has been a youth Pastor for 12 years this coming January and has served FBC for the last 4 1/2 years. They feel that “coming to FBC was the most incredible gift from God…..the youth here have really stolen our hearts.” By the size of the youth group, I think the feeling is mutual! Thank you Matt and Andrea for all you do!

From what I understand the kids run circles around these two fine parents because when I set up this next shot, Andrea said “welcome to our life” or something of the sort. 🙂 I’ll just set the record straight that they’re fibbin’ because it was obvious to me that they had great parenting skills. The kids were allowed to be kids but they were also being taught manners and respect.

Below is their oldest, Madelyn at 7-1/2 and in Second Grade. This was the first picture I took of the evening and I knew instantly it was going to be a fun photo shoot. Madelyn was the first one ready and raring to go, a model-in-the-making in you ask me and I had so much fun with her cute posing. She has an adventurous spirit, is ready to try anything, and she proved her tree climbing skills to me as well. She told me “you know how you can remember my name?” “No, how?” I asked. “Just spell “made” and add an L-Y-N.” So since I just recently read The Help and saw the movie, of course I asked “as in M-A-I-D?” “No, as in M-A-D-E.” OK, I got it now.

Ready and willing next was Brennan, a 5-year old blondie in his final year of pre-school. I think he looks like his dad, no maybe his mom, no wait — his dad, yes, definitely his dad but with a mixture of his dad’s blue and his mom’s round greenish eyes. Actually everyone in the family had eyes to envy (if I did that sort of thing – ahem). You’ll see he is the expressionist of the family.

The caboose of the family is shy Autumn who turns four in December. She had just woken up from a nap when I got there, and she needed a few minutes to wake up, but when she did she had the sweetest smile that went perfectly with those big eyes of hers. I think she must get her way a lot. How could you resist her?

For the next series of shots we were naughty. We went to the neighborhood water fountain and climbed the rocks … right next to the sign that said “Don’t climb the rocks.” Andrea said they don’t break rules often, but this occasion seemed an appropriate time to break one rule. Matt wasn’t so sure. The kids were thrilled.

So if you break one rule, you might as well break two, right? Wrong. But we did it anyway. The neighbor’s yard was calling me for this next series of shots, and when we were done the neighbor came out so we asked her if we could take the pictures, to which she happily said yes (thankfully). (I could just see Matt and Andrea at home that night explaining to their kids why it was okay to break a rule this time. Oops, sorry guys.) Normal edits after a photo session can take many hours on the computer, but this session really brought me real joy spending so much time on them. It was so fun seeing a family that loves each other unconditionally, that has fun together, and that respects one another. It’s something every child wants — and deserves.

This session was actually requested by Andrea’s parents who have been missionaries in Kenya for 33 years.  They are stateside stationed in Missouri and asked for family pictures for Christmas. Andrea says “mom loves to deck her little home with pictures of her grand babies. I think it makes us seem a little closer than we really are.” As a photographer, nothing makes me happier.

Thank you Matt and Andrea, and if you would like to post any of these pictures to Facebook or another site, please use the perma-link below. With appreciation, Mary

Linda Johnston - October 18, 2011 - 7:51 PM

Seeing the wonderful photos of this beautiful family that I admire and love so much made me weepy. Andrea’s Mom will be thrilled to see her beautiful family on her wall while she is so far away. You did it again Mary! - October 18, 2011 - 8:44 PM

Thank you Linda. I’ll be honest that I was pretty proud of this session … and I want their yard!!!

LoraLee - October 18, 2011 - 10:32 PM

Oh Mary, what darling pictures of such a beautiful family!! You are so blessed to have them in the church!!
They are without doubt a special family, you can tell by the radiance in all of their faces. We will look forward to
meeting them the next time we visit.
Honey, you are doing such remarkable work with your photography!! God has blessed you with a such talent
to capture such gorgeous pictures. Not to mention that sweet personality that would invite a wild animal to
lay at your feet!!
We treasure the precious book you made for our 50th anniversary. A gift that keeps you close to our hearts!!
LoraLee and Lee

Kathy Grover - October 18, 2011 - 10:42 PM

It just gets better and better, huh? - October 19, 2011 - 7:30 AM

Lora Lee, you’re the best and I appreciate you. Your comments made me laugh with ‘wild animals lay at my feet’. Hilarious. I love making books but sadly time hasn’t permitted it much since having grandkids and starting Fairly Candid. I’m busy but will never regret the photos I take — especially of my growing family. Seriously, can you believe I am going to have FOUR grandbabies come April. Oh boy, I think I’m busy now … just wait. We always look forward to seeing you guys. Hope it’s sooner than later. Love, Mary

Andrea - October 19, 2011 - 12:42 PM

As I looked through the pictures tears were welling up in my eyes. Do I “like” the pictures? Oh my goodness, we love them! Wow. Thank you. You have a true gift. It is a gift you have been given by God that you graciously & generously give to others through your photography. Thank you for such a great batch of pictures that will fill many frames, bring back many memories, and you certainly captured the true growing personalities of our 7 1/2, 5, and 4 year old. I cannot wait to “gift” these pictures…as I know they will treasured.

Thank you, Mary. Thank you! - October 19, 2011 - 1:28 PM

Thank you Andrea — you are so kind! You guys made it so easy for being so willing to do anything. Your kids are so cute (inside and out) and Mike commented last night that Autumn was such a little doll. You have even more poses coming on your CD. I can get carried away (as you well know).

Team Priebe » - October 9, 2012 - 2:54 PM

[…] Meet Team Priebe! Matt, Team Captain, Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church for 5.5 years, and the craziest jumper I’ve ever seen. Andrea is Co-Captain and all-around team support and organizer, a lover of kids and youth. Madelyn at 8-and-a-half (the halves matter at this age) is in third grade and is so smart and ready to tackle anything. Brennan (I called the poor lad Brenner all morning) is 6 and a Kindergartner and a constant reminder of my son at that age with his blonde hair, blue eyes, and fun personality. Autumn rounds out the family turning 5 this December and has the team title of being the “bossiest” by her sister, although I never saw any of it. You will see she kept a wary eye on me most of the time, but when she let go of her smile, it glowed. You can view their last year’s photo session here. […]

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