What I am doing is all in camera. The effect I think you are seeing is known as "Shallow Depth of Field". Basically, by changing the "Aperture" of the camera, you are able to blur things dramatically in front of and behind your subject. Therefore using an extremely shallow Depth of Field, and focusing on Baxter, he should be pin sharp, and everything around him melts.
I take a lot of photos that way, as I feel it helps pop your subject to life, and remove a lot of distractions from the scene. When everything is blurred and melted around the focal point, you are normally instantly drawn to the focal point and the focal point should keep your attention more.
If everything is sharp and in focus, the eyes can wander and at times, settle in the wrong area.
Thanks for the nice comments everyone, really appreciate it.