Originally Posted by Steve Payne
I understand that you want to make a good impression but retouchers aren't miracle workers. Don't be afraid to turn down work that's just unreasonable. This photo is just horrible. Photoshop shouldn't be used to 'fix' bad photography, but to finish good photography. Good retouching starts with good photography. This image never going to look great.
But good luck if you're determined to give it a go.
Yep, this is true. When something is as blurry or outta focus as this image, it is doubtful that PS or any other image editing software has much of a chance of restoring it to a better or sharper focus. USM can only help so much. I would tell the client the truth and see if they may have another image of the boy that you could tweak. You could possibly paste another in focus face as an option. That may work, it may not, but sometimes can be successful in a pinch