What does this say to you?

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:23+00:00 March 18th, 2010|36 Comments

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I created this image at a recent stock photo-shoot and was curious what you think the “bad news” that the doctor just told the mom could have been. Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Caption contest, anyone? ;)

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Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website, nicolesy.com.


  1. Scott March 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    When I see this photo I think she was just told she has cancer

  2. David Terry March 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Her daughter (background) is pregnant?

  3. Aluisius March 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I would say a life changing illness, e.g. diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, etc.

  4. Torsten Bangerter March 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I like David’s thoughts. Though at first I thought that her daughter was dyeing and has three months to live, but being pregnant sounds better.

  5. dav.d March 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Its not mine! I swear!

  6. Mike March 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Your daughter is 3 months pregnant.

  7. Scott March 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I might have to change mine to pregnant.. First thought is Cancer but after looking again.. Pregnant is totally it.

  8. Theasis March 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    “Don’t worry – people superglue their hands to their faces all the time.”

  9. Mike March 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    They could also be tears of relief… “Your daughter will be fine”

  10. Jeff March 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Doctor is delivering bad news that her husband, the daughter’s father, has passed away.

  11. Tom Sparks March 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    My first thought was pregnant, then I read everyones responses.

  12. Elio March 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    “Your daughter’s urine was positive for opiates.”

  13. Harley Pebley March 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Malaria! Tuberculosis! Hepatitis! Tropical diseases! Oh, my!

    Ok… maybe you had to be there…

  14. Kristi W. March 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    First thought was cancer.

  15. Tom Sparks March 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I want to offer another impulse thought I had upon seeing this photo and that is that perhaps the woman is displaying a moment of relief after receiving good news. The Dr.’s face is calm and sympathetic.

  16. Chris Emery March 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Pregnant, that’s the forehead slap of stupidity.

  17. Brekke Felt March 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    “Unexpectedly Expecting”. Yeah, my first thought was pregnant too.

  18. Jeremy March 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Pregnancy. Whatever it is isn’t good news.

  19. T Garrett March 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Somebody’s pregnant

  20. Laurie March 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Honestly, when I first saw it, I didn’t think she had gotten any bad news. I thought she was not feeling well. I also didn’t know the man was a doctor, I thought he was her husband.

  21. Dave Holland March 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    You’re going to be a grandma!

  22. James Benet March 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry, but I was just informed that Indiana Jones 5 was about to go into production!

  23. bj March 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    First thought was that the girl is pregnant, but in looking more, I think it looks a bit staged and the emotions not real. Perhaps because the doctor doesn’t look concerned? Or the room is too clean and color coordinated to be a real doctors’ office? Or the hair is too perfect behind the woman’s ear? Or the photo has cropped too much off the doctor’s face and body?

  24. Alicia March 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    “I’m sorry, but being a teenager is not a treatable illness.”

    I think pregnant works the best. Something about the way the daughter is looking at her, I’m not sure.

  25. beau March 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    sorry but James isn’t her father afterall.

  26. Karen Johnson March 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I think pregnant for the same reasons as Alicia.

  27. Hoshiko March 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    errr, how about this. “She has to visit the clinic regularly for a while, a complete recovery will take several years.”

  28. Patti March 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    All doctors try and look not too concerned….I go with that she is pregnant! (And mom will have to raise the kid!)

  29. Frjosi March 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    “Gee Doc I can’t afford you! I hope Universal Healthcare passes soon.”

  30. Burt March 19, 2010 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Daughter pregnant, definitely. That was my first thought.

    Different question though: You can afford to hire multiple models to do stock photos? That is, you earn enough off the stock images to pay for all the costs, including multiple models, studio, image editing, etc?

    Can you share some secrets there?

  31. Allyn March 19, 2010 at 8:06 am - Reply


  32. John W March 19, 2010 at 10:56 am - Reply

    My take is a serious illness. Cancer, leukemia etc. I see grief on the mom, not anger, shock etc. I think if the daughter was pregnant we’d see a different reaction.

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  34. Carolyn March 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    The doctor is consoling the Woman after the “expected passing” of a loved one.

  35. nostradamus March 30, 2010 at 5:46 am - Reply

    daughter is pregnant and doctor is her boyfriend…

  36. abcabc March 30, 2010 at 9:07 am - Reply

    her baby died

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