"To Become a Better Photographer Become a Better Person"
- Catherine Hughes

Welcome friends, with sincere regard, I have compiled my most cherished foundational blocks. It is with these reflections on my personal life that I hope to give you a deeper understanding of the person behind the camera. 

Perfection is not a destination but instead a journey. I am forever learning, shaping, and enjoying the process of becoming better. I take utmost care in being your photographer. 

Before we dive in, here is the short, sweet and simple intro into who I am.

I am a boy mom, agricultural wife, military daughter, older sister, horse girl at heart and I love being your photographer. 

Sterling Reverie Photography was established with the purpose of capturing the reverie aura of life. My photographic art is an extension of my core being. Visually embodying romance and nostalgia held in every stage and event in life.

My photographic skillset was established through formal education as a student in The Academy of Art University of San Francisco's Masters in Photography & Fine Art program. 

Ready for a little more? The passages below are for you.

the person behind the camera

Samantha Nunes

Your Photographer

I love romanticizing the events of everyday life. Am I a "hopeless romantic"? Possibly. Would I have it any other way? Not a chance.

Many moment in our lives have a sheen of romance. Whether it be the obviously romantic surprise proposal on the cliffs of Big Sur or the pure innocence of your baby’s hand grasping your finger for the first time, the intricacies of connection in the moments of our lives weave a layer of romance. As your photographer It is that sentiment that draws me in. It is that aura that I capture. The connection between you and what makes your heart sing. 


"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I remember the day I first laid eyes on my husband. No, sparks didn't fly, not yet anyways. We were only in middle school after all.  It wasn't until a few years later that we truly connected. We started dating our Sophomore year in high school and never looked back. Through high school, college, and budding careers we now find ourself on the amazingly chaotic journey of parenthood.  

He is my high school sweet heart, confidant, and the other half to my heart and soul. Our love story isn't perfect by any means, but even with all of its  imperfections I wouldn't travel this path of life with anyone else.

You can read a little more about my family check out our East Garrison family photography session by clicking on the "more" button below.



Motherhood is the single most meaningful title my life has bestowed on me. It is also single handedly the most difficult. 

Motherhood to me is like a love ballad sung in a foreign language. I can feel it in my bones, it resonates with my soul, but I have no idea what is actually being said. 

In this chapter of my motherhood journey, my days are filled with Disney music blasting, kitchen dance offs & utter and sheer chaos. All parts are difficult. All of it is beautiful. When you're stuck in the thick of it, sometimes it takes looking in from the outside to see it. I see you mama. 

You can read a little more on the tribulation of my early motherhood journey by clicking on the "more" button below.



“I was drawn to horses as if they were magnets. It was in my blood. I must have inherited from my grandfather a genetic proclivity toward the equine species. Perhaps there's a quirk in the DNA that makes horse people different from everyone else, that instantly divides humanity into those who love horses and the others, who simply don't know.”
Allan J. Hamilton

My history with horses has long been a part of my story, longer than I have been physically tied to it myself. My great grandfather raised and trained race horses. And while my parents and their parents were “sleepers” to the equestrian gene, I was not. I started officially riding horses in elementary school and haven’t stopped. 

I have had the tremendous opportunity of working professionally within the equine world with some of the best equine practices and equestrian facilities. To all horse enthusiasts who I have yet to cross paths with, Monterey County is small, the equine community is close & I can't wait to make your acquaintance.

I am an equestrian and equine photographer that is a product of the Monterey County horse world.


The crop follows the seasonal weather throughout the States of AZ, CA & NV, my husband follows the crop, and the family we built together follows along side him. 

My husband, Cody, is a fourth generation agricultural man. His great grandfather, grandfather and father were all farmers. Cody, however, does not grow the crop as his predecessors did before him. Instead he tends to the harvest. From lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, and my favorite which are their strawberries, to name a few. It is a volatile industry that is ever demanding. Life as a migrant agricultural family can be considered untraditional and has taken some adapting. 

My family is incredibly close. We are equally as blessed. We are grateful for having such a strong relationship to our community and the land on which it has built upon. 


Sacrifice. Duty. Honor. Gratitude. Being a daughter, granddaughter, niece and sister-in-law to those who have served in our Nations Military has taught me a tremendous amount about heart and grit. 

I was born and raised as a daughter of the Army. I sang along with my grandpa as he bellowed songs of the Navy. I have sat silently listening in contemplation to stories of deep complexity and utter difficulty. 

Words could never do justice to my appreciation to those who serve and the families they leave behind to do so. Thank you from the depths of my heart and soul.Because of you, this is all possible.


Being a photographer is not just about capturing light. As a human being, I am also called to create light. Light in the form of philanthropy. Light in my community, for those who I love, for those who I photograph, for those who I can.

I am privileged to be able to embrace my community through Sterling Reverie Photography as a photographer and as an active community member; and I am honored that the embrace is equally reciprocated.

I invite you to visit my Philanthropy page. Click the button below to check it out. I also invite you to reach out to me with your philanthropic ideas, events and thoughts. I would love to hear from you. 



Your Story

Choosing a photographer is an intimate process. I hope these tiny windows into the person that I am served as an adequate understanding of the photographer that I am.

I look forward to hearing from you. I can't wait to capture your love story.