Virgin Portraits was established in the year 2000 by photographer Amanda Baker and has become well known for professional destination wedding and portrait photography in the British Virgin Islands.
Amanda arrived in Tortola in June of 1988, as a member of a three man crew on a transatlantic yacht delivery. She quickly fell in love with the Caribbean way of life and spent the next ten years building a charter yacht business as joint owner operator of "Gypsy Wind", a 46 foot sloop customized for honeymoon sailing /diving charters in the BVI. During this time, she pursued her love of photography by documenting the islands around which she sailed. After her marriage and birth of her only son, Amanda discovered her passion for photographing children and spent several years creating portraits of her own and her friend's families. The launch of "Virgin Portraits" soon followed and Amanda quickly expanded her business to cover weddings and special events in the area. Virgin Portraits is now the premier provider of destination wedding photography in the British Virgin Islands. Amanda is also available for wedding photography elsewhere in the Caribbean and frequently travels to neighboring islands.
In 2003, Amanda opened her first Gallery with friend and artist Lisa Muddiman Gray in Road Town. "The Gallery" was located in a traditional wooden house on Main Street and was the first home to Amanda's collection of Landscape, Seascape and floral photographs. After three years, the small location at "the Gallery" was no longer adequate to support the growing retail and wholesale demand for her collection. So, in October 2006, Amanda opened "The Allamanda Gallery", an 1100 square foot, full service photographic gallery, also in Road Town, providing custom framing and shipping services for her collection of fine art photographs. In addition, Amanda designed sets of note-cards, refrigerator magnets and other photographic souvenirs of the British Virgin Islands featuring her images. These items can now be viewed and purchased on line. Allamanda Gallery
During the past ten years Amanda's images have been published in numerous publications including; Caribbean Travel and Life and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine. In 2004, Amanda was commissioned to photograph actor Morgan Freeman for his book "Morgan Freeman and Friends, Caribbean cooking for a cause". Her portraits of Morgan are featured inside the book as well as on the cover. In addition Amanda has shot weddings for Wal-Mart tycoon Rob Walton, Manchester United Star Rio Ferdinand, Actor Daniel Sunjata, to name a few. Other accomplishments include a commission by the Royal Mail in 2008 to photograph the JR O'Neal Botanic Gardens for a set of Royal Mail Postage Stamps. These are now available for sale at the BVI post office for postal use or collectors.
Amanda continues to enjoy capturing the fleeting moments we all long to hold on to, to remember and to relive. Observing, capturing and returning them to you is her aim and her pleasure.