I am an author and speaker and come to Tuscaloosa often. I met Rick after the Tuscaloosa tornado in 2011. I found his amazing pictures on the internet and I knew I had found a one-of-a-kind photographer. His pictures weren't just shots of town. They were emotional and raw, people in shock and places I loved so filled with a story to tell. Rick is different. He is full of emotion and feeling and he is able to capture moments, not just events, or a sitting, but the moments within that MAKE that time so memorable. To say he has an eye, is an understatement. He has instinct to know exactly when to snap that second, to hold it forever. He never misses--it is raw talent and intuition--a savvy gift of know-how unlike any photograpaher I have ever worked with. I give him my highest recommendation. There truly is none better that Rick Piel!