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Where We Belong: Pete

“For me it’s a wild place that calls you out of yourself and into the world full of wonder”

As the staff photographer for Florblanca, Santa Teresa has been my hidden treasure for years. This community is special to say the least. With my boys growing up and time slipping by, I knew now is the time for them to experience Costa Rica.

Nicoya Peninsula is a place of abundance, it’s one of only a few. It’s a place where you can fish in the morning, eat fresh Ceviche for lunch before watching the Sunset and then do it all over again. I remember this hide-and-seek jungle book that I had as a kid and trying to find all the camouflage animals hidden within its pages, the natural beauty of this place in many ways like that children’s book for me. It’s a wild place that calls you out of yourself and into a world full of wonder and discovery. John Muir said “of all the paths you take in life make sure a few of them are dirt”. In all my trips to Florblanca over the years I’ve always embodied a sense of adventure and beauty, but the images I brought home never felt full until now.

To see my boys in this environment I realised it was no longer just my story, it was now forever a part of my family. For them it was all about catching a wave, fishing or an iguana. For me it was always about capturing but sometimes the most important thing we can do is just to put the camera down and be present with the ones we love.

Where We Belong

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Where We Belong: Pete

“For me it’s a wild place that calls you out of yourself and into the world full of wonder” As the staff photographer for Florblanca, Santa Teresa has been my hidden treasure for years. This community is special to say the least. With my boys growing up and time slipping by, I knew now is […]

Pete Artemenko | Florblanca Photographer
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Where We Belong: Raul Castro

“I started washing dishes for Florblanca many years ago”   Rual’s experience began at Florblanca. He was originally hired to wash dishes. In his own words, “I just came to work”. A simple beginning where Rual was willing to put in the time and effort to do his job well. Bit by bit, he learned […]

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Where We Belong: Stefano

“Being a father gave me the opportunity to completely open my heart.”   The spirit of Florblanca here in Costa Rica is channeled through the jungle and wildlife that envelops us, through the ocean that is ever-present, and through the people that bring all this beauty to life.  And Stefano sits at the heart and […]

Stefano and Ashoa
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Celebrate Your Journey Together

  It’s so easy to get lost in our busy lives. With all the details of our day-to-day existence, we can easily lose the connection with our true passion, our energy, and our spirit.   This lost connection can be magnified to even greater degrees when we’re in a relationship.  The journey we’re on together loses […]