About Carl and Jean
Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick are New York Times best-selling children’s book authors and professional wildlife photographers who make their home in Milford, Michigan. Their first book, Stranger in the Woods, spent time on the national and New York Times best-seller lists during the winter for 5 consecutive years, warming the hearts of children ages 1 to 100.
Carl and Jean’s books and movies have won more than 65 national and international awards.
It was 1982 when Carl sold his guns and bows to purchase his first fast lens and camera body. Since that time this photographic team has taken over 300,000 images of North American wildlife.
Carl and Jean are noted for their images recording the behaviors of a family of white-tailed deer taken over a span of 18 years. They devoted that same intensity while documenting a pair of common loons during six summers in northern Michigan for the book Loon Magic.
Their photographs have been represented in national and international publications including Airone (considered Italy’s National Geographic), Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Birder’s World, Michigan Natural Resources, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Ranger Rick and Terre Sauvage (of France). Images by Carl and Jean have appeared on hundreds of magazine covers, numerous articles, calendars and other publications.
Jean was raised on a farm in Michigan’s thumb near Vassar. She taught art to middle school children before opting to leave the classroom to photograph all four seasons with her husband.
Jean encouraged Carl to invest in his first camera system and taught him how to see with a trained artist’s eye; waiting for the subtle change of light, paying attention to colors and focusing on the composition. Carl in turn, taught her the mechanics of photography.
Carl grew up on an island near the mouth of the Au Sable River in northern Michigan and spent much of his time playing sports, hunting and fishing. He was an all-state basketball player while attending Oscoda High School and majored in outdoor recreation and speech at Central Michigan University.
He worked as a camp director in Michigan’s Youth Conservation Corps and then moved into the real estate market with his father before following his heart . . . photographing wildlife.
Connecting Children Nature
Carl and Jean’s New York Time’s best selling children’s books and award winning movies help children learn gentle lessons of nature.
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