Before answering some common questions,

I wanted to share the Wedding Guide I created just for you, please flip pages below:

Are you a member of any Professional Photo Organizations?

Yes, I am a member of  ‘Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Can you give us the original RAW files so we edit them ourselves?

You wouldn’t ask your baker to deliver you just the ingredients for your wedding cake, right? 😉  I do not release the RAW files to the clients, as you are hiring me not only for my eye, but also for the overall style. The editing of the RAW files is just a part of that style.

Do you have formal training in photography?

Education in photography is underestimated. I’m a big proponent of getting some type of photo and design education. Even if you have “an eye”, you should train yourself in a lot of directions of photo design.

I took Photography classes at the Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. Besides that, the Art classes, like Design and Drawing, have helped me with a vision of what creative, cohesive, and balanced designs should be. I constantly participate in the online workshops to expand my knowledge, to be on top of the latest industry trends and events, and grow professionally.

How do I book a wedding, engagement/love story, or senior photo session?

Fill out the Contact form with as much information as possible. I’ll send you the Collection List or will build a custom one for you and send you a Proposal. The retainer is 50% of the total for the weddings. The rest of the balance is due a month before the wedding.

For Engagement/ Senior/ or any other Portrait Sessions, the Session Fee is due at the time of booking.

Please book in advance. I’m delivering the best client experience and making sure you get personalized attention, so I opt to do a limited amount of sessions per month!

Can’t wait to meet you guys!


How do you pronounce your name?

Alena [Ah-‘Lee-Nah] Bakutis [Bah-‘COO-Tis]

How soon will we get the photos?

It totally depends on the type of photo session, season, and the products you order. The time will vary between 2 and 12 weeks.

What can I expect from my High School Senior Shoot?

 You will be the Star for around two hours! You will show me your best dance or ballet moves, jump as high as you can, eat your favorite ice-cream, and dream about .. well you know who you want to dream about 😉

What can we expect from our Engagement Shoot?

You guys are going to have around two hours of fun: play tag, tell jokes, have a tickle fight, and snuggle close. You may even enjoy the snow-cone contest or champagne picnic while I transform that together time into art for your home!

What is Copyright?

Copyright is, literally, the “right to copy” a specific work. Copyright is owned solely by the photographer of the work from the moment of its creation. Copyright violation, even if unintentional, is a violation of federal law and subject to prosecution. Alena Bakutis Photography owns the copyright to all images, including proofs. Images may not be copied, scanned, or reproduced in any way without written permission from Alena Bakutis Photography. That being said, you will receive the Printing Release to print photos for your private purposes.

What kind of camera/gear do you have?

Every time somebody says I might have a nice camera, I really want to say this 2-line joke “-Wow! Great pictures! What kind of camera do you have?!   -…Oh, what a delicious soup!  What kind of pot do you use?!”

Although I agree that nice gear makes the life of a photographer easier and more fun, it is not just the camera that makes those beautiful photos. As my photographer-friend said, “taking pictures is just the tip of the iceberg. It takes time, knowledge, and talent to create those beautiful memories.”

Now, back to the gear: I’m a Canon girl. I own Canon 5D Mark III and II. My lenses are: 50mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 35mm f/1.4.

What kind of Photography do you specialize in? What is your style of Photography?

Your fabulous Wedding Day, romantic and fun Engagement or Love Story Shoot, and fresh High School Senior  Session are where my focus is. My style of photography is photojournalism where you go, have fun, and interact, and I capture the moments and details of your relationship. This results in beautiful elegant, modern, and fresh memories you will cherish for years!

What should we wear for an engagement/love story?

Couples are always trying to coordinate the colors of their clothes: say, both wearing earth tones, or carrying the same color through accessories/clothes. It doesn’t have to be one color shirts. If you go for a casual and relaxed effect, you may want to wear brighter colors. Some bold patterns, wide stripes, and logos, might distract from your beautiful eyes. Please check my Pinterest for ideas:

Which areas do you serve?

Alena Bakutis Photography is located in Northwest Florida, and serves Panama City, Panama City Beach (PCB), Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seagrove Beach, Seaside, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mexico Beach, St George Island, Port St Joe, etc..

Alena Bakutis Photography LOVES to travel for weddings and photo sessions! Some of my favorite places I’ve done weddings and sessions at are: Atlanta and Sea Island, GA; New York City, NY; Banff, Canada. I’m adding more to my list every year!

Please contact me for more details.


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