The first thing you notice is the mustache. Jason Healey already commands a room or TV studio with his expertise and finely tailored suit, but that magnificent, waxed masterpiece straight out of Central Casting is the thing that makes a portrait photographer all giddy inside. And yes, I googled the hell out of the guy before I hit the road on this assignment for SC Magazine so I thought I knew what lay ahead; not one image with that Snidely Whiplash of a marvel on his upper lip. Drop this guy in a fantastic environment like the Atlantic Council offices in Washington, D.C. and your Beauty Dish is screaming, "Let me at 'em!"
Jason Healey is the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council focusing on international cooperation, competition and conflict in cyberspace. He was also Director for Cyber Infrastructure Protection at the White House from 2003 to 2005, where he helped advise the president and coordinated efforts to secure U.S. cyberspace and critical infrastructure. So I am guessing that, were he so inclined, he could crack my hard drive over lunch with a couple of touches of his iPhone.
Despite being a man at the pinnacle of his field with the ear of world leaders, and presumably a pretty busy guy, he could not have been more accommodating and willing to play along with my posing and adjusting and strobing. He was an absolute dream subject and it was a pleasure to photograph him.
Many thanks to Michael Strong, Art Director at SC Magazine produced by Haymarket Media, Inc. and to Florence Combes at Zuma Press for putting us together for this shoot. Lastly, thanks to Jason Healey for his patience, energy and that incredible facial centerpiece preserved in wax. Love ya Jason, Don't EVER shave.
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