Carl Sams II & Jean Stoick

Jean taught art to middle school children before opting to leave the classroom to photograph all four seasons with her husband, Carl. In 1982, she encouraged Carl to sell his guns and bows and invest in his first camera system, then taught him how to see animals 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. Since then, the professional wildlife photographers have taken over 300,000 images of North American wildlife and his photographs have appeared in national and international publications, including Airone (considered Italy’s National Geographic), National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature’s Best and Ranger Rick.