Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Male, E Usa (Pheucticus Ludovicianus)




Carl R. Sams II and his wife, 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.

Carl and Jean have published three New York Times Best seller children’s books, "Stranger in the Woods,” "Lost in the Woods," and "First Snow in the Woods".  "Stranger in the Woods," was awarded the 2002 Early Childhood News Director's Choice Award, the 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.  

Carl and Jean also produced the videos, “Stranger in the Woods” and “Lost in the Woods”.  "Stranger in the Woods: The Movie," blends live video and photography from the book with added characters and original music. The movie won sixteen awards and was selected as one of four finalists worldwide in the Wildscreen Panda Awards in Bristol, England.  In addition, "Lost in the Woods: The Movie," was winner of the prestigious Panda Award for “Best Children’s Wildlife Film World-Wide”. 

Although Carl is best known as a wildlife photographer he also enjoys creating nature videos, capturing moments in nature that tell a story.  

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