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About Laura B Scott Photography

Welcome to the blog!

I am a northwest Florida based photographer & artist. My two dogs & I love to travel & photograph new interesting people. My favorite things include the outdoors, hiking, chocolate chip cookies, a comfy down comforter (any time of year!), and flip flops!

Here you will find posts from my adventures & travels, both personally & professionally. Since I love to travel, do not hesitate to ask about any destination. Special discounts are available for Philadelphia, PA, Charleston-Myrtle Beach, SC areas & San Diego, CA destinations.

I also own an online handmade gift shop with my mom, featuring many different types of lovely & unique jewelry, pottery & home decor. (link at bottom of the blog)

Archive: February, 2015



This Isn’t My First Rodeo

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Philadelphia

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever move back to the northeast again, I would have laughed and then complained about the bad weather & the grumpy attitudes of the people. I would have also pointed out that it no longer felt like home and I was done with it.  But in the last year or so things have changed for me.  My visits to Philly were fun. I spent time reconnecting with family & old friends and filling my belly with good food.  The city has changed – new buildings, stores, restaurants & new activities. There is a new energy there.

I’ve decided I want to be part of it.

So my last trip to Philly was actually not for fun & food (although I managed to sneak a few good meals with friends via Whiskey Village & Lazaro’s )  I spent the long weekend looking at as many apartments in this area as I could schedule in one weekend (10+).   And man did I forget how frustrating that can be.

I got lucky with my last few places – they just sort of happened. This time I decided to go it alone (no roommate) and go with a smaller budget to help with savings and allow me to travel more.  Sounds simple enough. But when you get spoiled having a nice kitchen, laundry and lots of storage, it’s not so easy to replace that in a city that’s old.

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Where to begin . . . there was the ‘weird layout apartment’ with exits from both the hallway and the bedroom. It had a big decent kitchen but an odd plastic shower and a tiny living room with a doorbell in it.

Then there was the dark brown 3rd floor apartment with only one! closet. It had a kitchen smaller than the bathroom, no where to put a table & the laundry was in the living room. Guess I know why there were no photos online. Oh and it smelled like cats. aka the ‘cats apartment’.

There was the ‘dark basement apartment’ -great kitchen space, lots of closets but no windows. The ‘ all utilities include apartment’ had no laundry or outdoor space & was in a weird location.  There was also the apartment I ‘never actually saw’ who cancelled on me when I got there after rescheduling & confirming 5x.

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Then the ‘garage apartment’ with the landlord who said he was ok with dogs on the phone, but then I got there he wasn’t really. The 2 bedroom ‘window apartment’ was nice. It had great hardwood floors, a  big window and parking in the back.  But the location was noisy from traffic echoing around the hill.

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One of my favorites was the ‘boring house’ It would be hard to pass up having a whole house to myself. It had a big yard and hardwood floors – two of my ‘would love to haves’. But I know that that landlord isn’t going to fix things around there that needed it – (broken back door, cracked countertop & the too gross for words laundry area).  This was going to be up to me. But it’s a whole house!

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And last but not least was ‘Fred’s Place’. It was old. It had dirty carpeting, a small crappy kitchen & bathroom. The yard wasn’t really a yard – rather it’s a porch with grass/sidewalk around & a broken chain-link fence. The building is old (did I mention that?) with that all the things that are wrong with a place that tons of people have lived in over the century. It’s street parking & has neighbors above. And not a full house all to myself.

I am under no pressure to decide. I am a freelance agent as far as where I live and when I move. So picking the right place that feels like home is important. So to decide . . . .

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Since I graduated high school, I have lived in 4 different states, 3 different coasts, 9 different apartments/houses but never changed my cell number.  I know what I am looking for in a place. This is not my first rodeo.  I know how to relocate. I know how those apartment/house hunters feel when weighing pros and cons. And I know there is always one that will stand out in your mind. The one place that you see potential & can picture all your stuff in.

For me ultimately that was ‘Fred’s Place’.

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I know. I know. How could I give up a house to myself and a yard for the dogs?

It came down to character & location. (plus it would save me $1700 a year)

I saw this place the second day of my trip.  Every apartment I saw after was compared to this space.  I instantly had ideas on how I was going to make this my own.  The landlord seemed straight forward – how I like it.  The lease is one year then month to month. This of course appeals to my nomadic spirit. The previous tenant was an artist – who apparently had more that one DIY fails the landlord was attempting to undo – stick down flooring that wasn’t measured correctly, bright orange kitchen cabinets, a royal blue bathroom, spray paint on the basement floor– to each his own I guess. But I can see her inspiration. The place has potential with its tall windows & ceilings that allow natural light, and the large porch & fenced area will be nice for the dogs to hang out. Plus with a full basement & laundry I have plenty of storage space and room for larger projects.

If you can’t tell, I’m excited!  My move in date is only a few weeks away!! I plan to share all my DIY projects here on the blog . So stay tuned!

Falling in Love: A Scientific – ish Experiement

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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Around Valentine’s day an essay by Mandy Len Catron popped up on my news feed. She talked about a psychologist by the name of Arthur Aron who did a study to see if he could make strangers fall in love.  (There was even a recent episode of the Big Bang Theory that referenced this study )

The study takes two strangers and establishes an intimacy between them through a series of very personal questions.  It creates an accelerated intimacy between the couple by exposing each to their vulnerabilities. This openness helps to establish a bond between the couple.

The 36 questions are broken into three sets, each exposing more than the other.  Once the questions are completed, the couple then sits quietly and stare into each others eyes for four minutes without distractions.

In Mandy’s experiment, she tested herself out with an acquaintance. They did, in fact, fall in love. Not over night. But eventually.

Since I’m naturally curious about all things love related,  a huge part of me really wants to try this experiment out.  I’ll let you know how it comes out if I do 😉

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In case you are interested to try this out with someone here is a copy of the questions I  found in an article by Daniel Jones:

Set One

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

 

Set Two

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

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Set Three

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling … “

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share … “

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

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In the Box

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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Sitting in the Atlanta airport, stuffing my face with a spicy chick-Fil- a sandwich, the young kind faced girl next to me struck up a conversation. She asked where I was going & where I was from.

“Panama City, FL after a few days in Philadelphia. How about you? ”

“I missed my interview. I really wanted that job too. I was afraid to drive in the ice from my cousin’s house. I should’ve stayed by the airport. And now I might not get it. And I have to go back to Miami now.”

“What was the job?”

“A flight attendant. I want to travel the world.”

“Well that’s a good way to do that. I love to travel.”

“I could tell that about you,” she said.

It made me laugh. And I took that as a compliment.

She then asked, “have you ever heard the saying, ‘we live in a box because people put us in the box’? Well I don’t want to live in a box. I want more. I want to see the world.”

She continued to say, “You know those people that are so confident they seem too confident. I’m not like that. I don’t know if I have enough. But this was suppose to be my fourth interview.”

“Some of us just don’t fit in a box. And don’t let anyone try to make you fit. Don’t give up.”

“Ooh sorry I’m boarding! Thank you!” She says with a big toothy smile.

“Good luck!”

I really hope she gets a second chance. Everyone deserves a chance to realize their dreams.

Quick Trip to Philly

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Between snow storms I took a quick trip to Philly to explore the Manayunk area for some future possibilities  . . .

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South Street Bridge View

 

 

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St Davids Church, Manayunk

 

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Mural View from Route 76

And of course it would be a trip to Philly without stopping to spend time with the silly sisters & my fur ball friend, Mylo

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Is This The Right Exit?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

There are moments that catch you off guard some times.

You start off with a plan of how your life is suppose to go. It’s filled with expectations. Yours, theirs. It’s the way it’s suppose to go, but rarely ever does.

Sometimes the timing is off. There’s a guy, your not single. You are, he isn’t. Years go by. Suddenly you are both single. So the timing is right. But you aren’t.

The path you set out on has twists & turns. There are speed bumps, pot holes & traffic. It has beautiful scenic views at times. It has stretches of boredom. Sometimes you break down. Sometimes you speed ahead.

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Some where along the way you suddenly realize that you aren’t the same person any more.

But that’s ok. Your journey is what has shaped you. The road is forever pushing you forward. It’s given you the skills you need to be a better you. Sometimes you just have to take the wrong exit, get lost on the detour, or run through the light.  But ever moving forward.

Just don’t forget to stop for a breathe of fresh air and to take pictures along the way!

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