Boy of a million faces

28 08 2008

I photographed three month old baby Jonathan and his parents in early August. He’s one of the most expressive babies I’ve ever photographed. Amy says, “we call him the boy of a million faces, because he’s made so many faces—even in the very early days when they say they don’t really smile.” Jonathan was born May 18. Welcome to the world, Jonathan!

These are some of photos I got that morning. I hope to photograph him again so I can get some closeups!

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

…and proof that he has rightfully earned his title, “boy of a million faces.”



One response

29 08 2008
Hershel Dyer

Baby Jonathan is the “Lon Chaney, Sr.” of the 21st century — the movie actor was known and billed as “the man of a thousand faces.” Visitors to your site can check out Chaney’s biog and films at

Other than facial expressions, there is another connection to Lon Chaney — the boy’s name is Jonathan, a name which will probably be shortened to the nickname “Jon,” and that rhymes perfectly with “Lon” — couldn’t be more obvious, prophetic even. Oh, alright, I admit that it’s a stretch, but at least I thought of it before anyone else.

With these closeup shots your camera (with no small amount of assistance from you) has captured a tremendous range of emotions. In the three rows (each numbered 1-4, left to right) Jonathan expresses doubt, skepticism, awe, pleasure, shock, worry, surprise, unconvinced, anguish, disbelief, mirth, and anticipation.

As in beauty, emotions displayed by others are in the eye of the beholder — I’m sure other viewers may place different labels on the photos.

The emotion shown in the first row (number 2, skepticism) is the same emotion reflected by the faces of people while listening to speeches being made by our current presidential contenders — take your pick.

And with that thought I’ll say keep up the good work. Please extend my congratulations to the family and tell them, in the words of one presidential contender congratulating the other on his party’s nomination, that it was “. . . a job well-done.”

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