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Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
Carl R Sams II and Jean Stoick are professional wildlife photographers from Milford, Michigan. Their images have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications. Honored recipients of the People's Choice Award for the best of show 11 times at major wildlife exhibits, Carl and Jean were also the first photographers ever to be honored as featured artists at a major wildlife art event.

Since they began photographing in 1982 they have taken more than 60,000 photographs of a particular white-tailed deer family. In an issue of Audubon Magazine, they had the cover and thirty pages of photos on white-tailed deer. In his editor's column, Les Line stated
"They are, quite simply, the most remarkable and extraordinarily beautiful images of the All American Deer that have ever been captured on color film."

A graduate of Central Michigan University, Carl was recently interviewed for CMU's "Window to the Arts" which you can watch online.


Carl and Jean spent six summers taking more than 20,000 pictures documenting loon behavior. North Word Press used these photographs exclusively for the 10th Anniversary collector's edition of "Loon Magic." In a captivating article, Birder's World commented that,
"Carl Sams and Jean Stoick have captured the haunting beauty of loons on film like no one before them."
Carl and Jean's first book, "Images of the Wild," is a collection of many of their favorite images and some of their stories. Carl R. Sams II and his wife, Jean Stoick, have gathered photographs through 20 years of exploring some of North America's special places.

"Images of the Wild" allows readers to share in the intimate relationships that they have built with many of their wildlife subjects. A limited number of autographed copies of "Images of the Wild" are available through their studio. Many of the photographs featured in the book are available as prints in this site's Gallery.

New York Times #1 best-seller, "Stranger in the Woods," the photographers' first children's book, was released in the fall of 1999. This delightful book uses the couple's photographs to tell the story of resident birds and deer reacting to a snowman that appears in the winter woods.

The book was awarded the 2002 Early Childhood News Director's Choice Award, 2001 International Reading Association Award in the Younger Reader Category, and was the winner of the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Children's Picture Book.

The story is brought to life in "Stranger in the Woods: The Movie," blending live video and photography from the book with added characters and original music. The movie has won sixteen awards and was selected as one of four finalists worldwide in the Wildscreen Panda Awards in Bristol, England.


"Stranger in the Woods: The Soundtrack" includes all of the original music from the movie along with an entertaining book read-along. This enchanting story is a fun celebration of winter and a proven favorite for children of all ages!

"Stranger in the Woods" is available in seven languages including English, Spanish, German, Korean, French Canadian, Taiwan, and two Chinese languages. Be sure to visit Carl and Jean's Stranger in the Woods web site to find out more about it.

With their “In the Woods” series of books, "Stranger in the Woods," "Lost in the Woods," and "First Snow in the Woods," Carl and Jean have three New York Times Best sellers! And don’t miss their DVD, "Lost in the Woods: The Movie," winner of the prestigious Panda Award for “Best Children’s Wildlife Film World-Wide”.

Their board books, "Find My Friends," "Winter Friends," and "When Snowflakes Fall" (coming soon) teach little ones gentle lessons of nature. Plush characters include a delightful plush fawn with bendable legs, and a cuddly snowman, perfect companions for young readers.
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Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc. 361 Whispering Pines, Milford, MI 48380 USA
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