I met Barry Long a few years ago while contracting with Microsoft. Barry has a passion he is building with his Talk&Roll motivational speaking business which has taken him to motivating the people of Boeing, Microsoft and UW Medical Center.
But I especially love his work helping returning soldiers as they transition from the terrors of the battlefield to ‘normal’ life. Injuries can scar on the inside and the outside, and Barry has overcome both. A paraplegic since he was 22 after a terrible motorcycle accident shattered his spine, Barry drew deep inside himself to rebuild his life and health. With the support of his family, friends, and a Devil May Care attitude, it isn’t hard to see he’s comfortable taking on just about any challenge, including a cold stream to photograph in! But heck, the guy set a bungee jumping record in his wheelchair once, so there isn’t much I think I can push him with!
We shot Barry out at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland and Coal Creek Trail in Bellevue to get a good reflection of his passion for the Northwest outdoors. He even has a customized all terrain wheelchair for taking on more challenging trails. Special thanks to my assistant, Ashley Solus for some terrific work out there!