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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)

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Moving Into ‘Fred’s Place’ {A Manayunk Apartment Experience }

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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New Old Building

I’m super excited about my new Manayunk apartment!  It’s an old building with some seriously cool original features.  The building got lucky.  From what I was told the landlord purchased it in the 1980s from a family of guys who were never home.  Therefore the house never received that terrible 80’s makeover.  He liked the original features (or was cheap 😉 ) and decided to leave them.

My favorite thing about this place (and really its selling feature) is the tall ceilings and windows.  I love all the natural light that pours in! If you saw the dark and dismal places I looked at this past February – you would totally understand how exciting it was to see a place with light!

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There is also the way cool pocket doors that lead into the bedroom from the office.

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The original molding in the ceiling around the lights and (nonworking) fireplace in the bedroom .

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But being an old building means there are several things I dislike as well – the crappy counters & cabinets (what is that? faux tan marble contact paper?! And if that is better than the counter – WHAT is under there??), it’s total lack of storage space in the kitchen & elsewhere, the icky tub, tiny vanity in the bathroom & the blah dirty rental carpets that believe me I am thankful they are not brown, crimson or teal blue.  Have I mention the many DIY fails left from the last renter that I feel I must correct?

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OK all of this means – projects! Why am I excited about this?! I am going to fix it up  and make it my own- rental style.  So if the landlord wants to remove it or I want to take it with me, I can. I have so many ideas & just don’t know where to begin. (Check out my apartment and home style pin boards to see where I am putting my inspirations) I definitely do not want to be one of those people who have a million projects that aren’t finished and have my place be a total mess all the time. I do not want to rush through something either that ends in bad craftsmanship and another DIY fail.  So it looks like I am going to need a list!  But all of  that is for sure another post or two 😉

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Stay tuned and have a great day as we continue to get settled in!

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as you can see Kaysea is settling quite nicely on the sofa she is not allowed on

 

Welcome Back To Philly

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

I wasn’t sure about moving back to Philly. It was not something that I originally considered. I felt more – been there done that about it for years. I left Philly because I was over it- the noise, the lack of trees, the dirt, the people.  I just needed a change. And so the moving adventures began. (and that’s a whole lot of other stories)   My visit from last summer got me thinking (and missing) Philadelphia.  Panama City was just too rural for me. But I knew that with the dogs and with my love of outdoors I could not live without having my own private outside space.  I also like a more laid back & quieter environment than downtown.  After some research, talking with my brother & a hours spent on craigslist – Manayunk seemed like the best choice.  I am happy to report so far it is! There are places with small yards available, parks and trees and walking trails all around us. Plus we are a short walk or hilly bike ride to restaurants and shops and the bustle of people. 

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The Drive

I didn’t stop to take any photos this time. We were trying to stay ahead of the rainstorms.  Plus I have done this drive before and just kinda wanted to get it over with. The move itself wasn’t too bad. Two long days of driving with 2 dogs & a car loaded with stuff- over 17hrs. (Thank you to my best friend, Sean, for flying down to load & drive the truck. Could not have done it without you!!)  The dogs are great road trippers, with hours/weeks of travel over the years under their collars. I am a little proud to say they have seen (or slept through) more of this country than most people.  So they were great in the car – not a complaint out of them.  I think they could feel my excitement as we got closer to our final exit. I turned the radio up when I heard my jam and started to sing along.

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Then there was suddenly traffic . . . a dead stop . . . urgh . . . with only 3 miles until our exit & with my trusty helpers (thanks again boys! – Chuck, Adam, Brandon & Chad) all waiting to help unload.  But not to worry! I kept singing, as the car next to me knows, and taking snapshots out the window.2015-03-22 15.46.41

The Unload

Once we arrived the truck was unloaded swiftly. It’s hard to believe that two days of loading took less than an hour to unload!  And I should have taken a photo of the amount of boxes I was left sorting through the next few days. You all would laugh.But the first night I was just too exhausted from looking for a box – any box – labeled towels & sheets to even look for my phone or camera right then. I would have even used a dish towel at that point has I come across them first.

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Things I’ve Learned

I awoke the next morning to birds chirping outside & a bunch of texts asking if how I faired our first night – whether I had slept.

Like a rock. thank you!

But somehow the boxes, over night, seemed to have multiplied.  And I quickly learned that no matter how well you label your boxes, after being all dumped together in one room, you will tear them open to see what’s inside – just in case there is something you will need right away – and even when the box is labelled photo albums. Not a necessity. Must stay on task.

Also umm when you have stuff in storage for any amount of time – it smells funny. Luckily I was smart enough not to have anything fabric besides some dish towels that required rewashing. However – all your kitchenware will need to be washed. For me this meant by hand since I no longer have a dishwasher.  And man do I have a lot of kitchen stuff! Needless to say I don’t think I need anything for my kitchen for Christmas ever again. (three days later it was all washed and found a home)

There are so many things to do to get settled around here! Some of them are not fun – finding a grocery store, dentist, veterinarian, remembering names of streets & starting to stock up on goods, cleaning previous tenant dirt up & relearning how to parallel park.

There was also a toothbrush incident – where my toothbrush managed to fall in the small space between the sink and the wall. Covered in old grime – forcing me to find a late night local store to walk to.

But there is also fun stuff – walking the neighborhood (finding the canal path), meeting neighbors, finding great local restaurants to walk to, decorating, trips to Ikea and target, seeing old friends and meeting new, art festivals and farmers markets and shopping at great little local finds!

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I am excited about this new adventure we are on! I will keep sharing our stories along the way! Have a happy day!

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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The Right to Marriage #sorrynotsorry

Monday, February 9th, 2015

I do no usually write about controversial or hot topic political debates. I don’t want people who disagree with my opinions to feel like we can’t be friends or work together because of something I feel strongly about. I don’t push my opinions. I don’t want one article/point of view to taint the possibility of a relationship either. I try not to judge someone by one strong opinion and I hope they do the same for me.  Plus, I am an avoider of conflict.  But that being said, I do have something I feel like I just want to put out there. This is about the separation of church and state. Ok well not about church and state, more about love and state. And here it goes. . .

I thought the constitution was founded with the idea of separating church and state. So decisions would be governed by rational thought rather that religion bias. Equality regardless of religious beliefs. That being the premise here for my argument for gay marriage.

If the government sets aside the religious definition of marriage, and looks at granting a marriage license to gay couples from a logically driven perspective, then what is the argument about? The government is simply then deciding whether or not to grant a license for two people to have permission to have the rights to do something. How is that any different than granting a license for say fishing or let’s say building a house? Couples are simply asking for permission to legally be allowed to be responsible for and to each other regarding matters like medical decisions and monetary estates. They want the right to have this contract with one another. Where is the fault in that? If you say well the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman because that’s the way it’s always been. Has it though?

I’m pretty sure that depends on the country. Didn’t Ghengis Khan have like 20 wives? (I’m pretty sure I heard his blood line dominates China to this day) I digress. And isn’t the very definition of words and language constantly changing? There is an entire science called linguistics around that fact. ‘Terrific’ not too long ago meant terror or terrible. ‘ Cool’ back in 1900 referred to a temperature but now it means awesome. ‘Awesome’. Was that even a word in 1975? I think you get what I am saying.
In case you don’t here’s where I’m going. If language itself is constantly changing, words have new meanings depending on how society flows. If society is constant changing, then shouldn’t our ideas about what constitutes the word ‘marriage’? Why do straight couples get married? Because religions says so? I’m pretty sure that’s not the only reason. They marry because oops they are having a baby or because their parents agreed they should when they were five. Didn’t straight couples once marry for money?? Kings and noblemen married their cousins in order to keep estates and family fortunes – umm in the family. Thomas Jefferson married his third cousin. Even Charles Darwin married his first cousin – they had six kids together! Egyptian kings often married their sisters – yeesh & ick. (See societies change)

Love. What about love between a man and a woman? Ok well if marriage is about love than gays have no shortage of this. Whether you like it or not gay couples are forming committed loving relationships. They are sharing finances, buying homes together. They are raising children and creating families. Together. You don’t have to agree with it. You can fight that fact forever. It’s still happening. License or not.

So if you remove religious bias or ignorance from the argument, then all the government is doing is granting two people a license/contract that only those two people have to deal with. What is wrong with allowing those two people to enter into a legal contract together? How does that directly effect you? Because you think God will punish someone for it? Who? You? Me? The loving & kind couple who care for each other? Or you childishly think it’s just icky?

Hey to each his own. I don’t expect anyone to agree with me. I’ve been accused of being unrealistic, dramatic at times and a hippie. That’s ok. You don’t have to like what I’m saying.  Maybe you didn’t even get this far in my post. I’m ok with that. Love is special when it’s between two people that care deeply for each other. They just want a contractual license to have the same legal rights as straight couples who marry.

#sorrynotsorry

Happy Valentines Day!

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

 

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