Heretofore random Facebook user Laurel Hutsell said she had her son's school picture day all planned out.
She picked out clothing for him to wear. She knew how she wanted his hair to look, she had talked to him about smiling nice and big and proudly.
There was just one problem this summer when this 12-year old Missouri resdident when off to seventh grade for his class photo.
He was wearing a bright green shirt.
And the photographer was using a green screen behind his subjects in order to give parents a variety of background options from which they could choose for the final version.
"We had this whole conversation, which makes this hilarious,'' Hutsell told Today about the snafu, adding:
"We practiced the smile, like don't squint your eyes and look like someone is coming up beyond you, and run your fingers through your hair right before."
All this practice could not prepare young Carter for what was to come, however.
Due to the combination of the green screen and the green shirt, well... scroll down to see what happened.
(And don't be afraid to laugh; Laurel shared these pictures on Facebook and she finds them hilarious as well.)
It's nice, right? It stands out, it's clean and pressed and Carter looks very handsome in it.
And Then This Happened!
We agree: his hair and his smile were totally on point! Ready to see for yourselves, readers?
"At least we know it's 2018," Laurel wrote as a caption to this first example of the green screen at work.
Come On, Green Shirt!
It's working so hard to show itself here. We're dying of laughter.
He's Feeling Gray in This One
He's just feeling so very, very, very gray.
Barney Probably Likes This One
"Not even sure what to say about this one," wrote the mother as a caption to this one. She's nearly as funny as the pictures themselves.
USA! USA! USA!
Find us a more patrotic school picture. Go ahead. Just try. We'll just wait right here.
What lovely leaves. What beautiful trees. What a floating head in the middle of a bridge.
USA! USA! AGAIN!
Seriously, Carter just loves his country!
And Autumn. He Really Loves Autumn.
Dude is trying to make that as clear as can be. It is the most beautiful season, right?
There's a Shirt in There Somewhere
We think so, at least. You just need to look REALLY hard for it.
This One is Like Modern Art of Some Kind
"Pastels aren't really my thing," writes Laurel here. (Can someone get her a talk show or something please?)
Only One Question Now Remains:
Which school photo did you choose for him, Laurel? An entire Internet is dying to know!