Epic AirBNB: Inspiration in the space & mind of HC Porter.

The HC Porter Gallery in Vicksburg, MS has a loft above it on AirBNB that is out of this world.
A recent work trip to Vicksburg, MS, quickly became the epicenter of inspiration and showed me all AirBNB's are not created equally. "Contemporary Southern Gallery Loft Rooftop" link below.

Arrangements were made to drive to Vicksburg for a 2 night getaway with the sole purpose of revamping and focusing our attention to all things concerning our photography business, The Focused Lens. I had an hour to pack! Discovering that the loft we were staying in was above an art gallery was such a nice touch, I thought.

Our hostess, Marie, had to meet us, since Chris(HC) was recovering from back surgery. As she gave us a quick tour, it was increasingly evident that similar items from the Gallery were in the loft as well. The front foyer walls were lined with photographs signed by HC Porter. The more I explored, the more evident it became the space was so very personal, tiny touches of personality and history.

This space was a trip in time to the life and beautiful creativity that is HC Porter.

From the front foyer to the far bank of windows overlooking Washington St, there is inspiration in every direction. Touches of whimsical, dramatic portraits, books and art, color and texture everywhere. I can only imagine how much inspiration has been given to the many travelers staying before us and will come after.

Scroll through the shots above and below to see what I mean.
Do you know about an amazing AirBNB location we should visit?


Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears and straight to the heart.

Greg and I are both accustomed to working long hours, lot of times, across a desk from one another and music is always playing. We both have multiple playlists highlighting favorite decades and every genre imaginable. Dave Matthews Band is our favorite, though!

To have an amazing sound system at the ready, complete with a nice CD collection; ability to connect to our own devices or choose your favorite satellite radio channel was just another solid tick in our book. It definitely gave way to a more productive work environment and a couple of spontaneous dances as well.

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes and having fun.

Even the stairwell up to the loft seemed to beckon the call of creativity. Working together to service our clients and provide not only a unique experience, but artwork they'll cherish and have gracing their home for years to come, felt like an immediate connection Chris and I shared.

We knew taking a piece of her artwork home was a matter of making our selection.

Rejoice by HC Porter - coming back to Bossier City

Hands down, the place was outstanding. It's clean, great host, perfect size kitchen, awesome bed and nice amenities. The ability to walk to great restaurants downtown, and enjoy some wonderful sights was incredible. Not being able to meet our host or have time to enjoy the roof only gives us reason to go again.

The mission was to be ready for our 2023 season of high school seniors, dancers and focus attention to the business of photography. Strides were made in more ways than I can imagine happening at a normal hotel and this space made me so incredibly thankful for the new and exciting ways our lives and artistic creativity can be shared.

The Focused Lens is a boutique portrait studio in Bossier City, LA.

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