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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)

This Isn’t My First Rodeo


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.


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.


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.


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!



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!

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