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Personal data I collect
I collect your name so I don’t have to call you Sir/Madam, your email address so I can communicate with you, your mobile number so I can call you to find you on the wedding day, your address so I can post your wedding photos to you and take your photographs because that’s what you’ve paid me to do. All of this is necessary for me to do my job.
How I collect and keep your personal data
I suck out souls through the web cam, but that’s quite effortful so I’d rather prefer it if you used my contact form on my website, which arrives in a email inbox that is tightly passworded with something that doesn’t contain my birthday date. If you go ahead with booking me as your wedding photographer, I will store your email on a secure spreadsheet, I will delete all your personal data from my client database after the appropriate mourning period has ended. I don’t think your email gets stored on my website in anyway, but if it does my website is https:// and not one of the loser http:// type sites so I think it’s more secure than your average joe blog.
I have a blog on my website where I showcase the best of my photography. If you comment on it (which I hope you do!), it’s highly public so everyone can see it, so don’t write down your personal details there – like where you live or your date of birth. That would be bad.
Right of confirmation, access, rectification and erasure
First and foremost, if you have questions about how your personal data is handled, you can just drop me an email and I will quickly write something up. I’m happy to show you the information you shared with me – thankfully for you and I, it’s unlikely to be much more than your contact details. If some of the information I have about you is wrong, you have the right to correct it, which is helpful for making sure I contact the right person before our shoot! If you’d like me to delete all your personal data, you have the right to request it, but I wouldn’t recommend asking for that before our shoot as it could result in me walking around being lost trying to guess who you are. I definitely need to know stuff about you to work for you. When you’re done with me you are welcome to request a dump and delete. I do tend to keep email addresses of my clients in the database for the duration that I provide your online galleries- if you’d like to fully close your account with me in a manner of speaking, just let me know and I can totally wipe you.
Use of your data
The summary of this is that I’m far too busy and not really well-connected enough to do anything untoward with your data . I will 100% definitely use your email to email you about any shoots or business you do with me. If there’s something related to your shoot like a discount coupon for prints, I’ll possibly email you that too if I like you. If there’s something unrelated to your shoot but related to something we had a human conversation about like a favourite tea type I’ve discovered, I may well email you about that too. I wouldn’t give your email out to anyone else, I also won’t be sending you lots of newsletters mostly because frankly, I don’t have the time!
I sometimes use a questionnaire that asks you for details about your shoot, that doesn’t go anywhere bar my computer and then into a pdf on my password locked phone. After your shoot I might send you a questionnaire for a blog post, you aren’t obliged to fill it out and what you write in there may be edited into content for your blog feature, so again, please don’t leave treasure maps to pots of gold in there. Any and all information I request from you is entirely voluntary really.
Sometimes your shoot looks really jazzy to an independent publisher, and they may ask my permission to court thee. Again, nothing can happen without your consent so I wouldn’t stress about that. Sometimes I submit photos to competitions because it’s how I collect all my shiny preciousesssss, but I tend to only use photos you’ve already given permission for on my own website. Otherwise I’ll ask.
Use of your face-based data
When it comes to your photographs, the EU hasn’t gotten too specific about what that means for working photographers bar that we need to demonstrate reasonable and legitimate use. I can tell you that I won’t sell your photos to be used in a butt cream commercial. If a third party does approach me asking me to buy one of your photos, I will email you about it. Sometimes you may want to sell it. But in short it’ll never be without your consent or knowledge.
There’s a couple of things I do to run my business, like show my work on FB, Instagram and my own website. If you have booked me you probably looked at photos of my real couples on these various unscrupulous avenues. I do ask couples to opt into this in my contract, but you can always decide to keep your shoot private. Even if you don’t specify that you want out, I will actually ask you directly after the shoot as well if you’re ok with me putting you and your guests on my website. You can veto any photos you deem too sloppy.
I store photos of your gorgeous faces on password encrypted hard drives in my house that is behind a double locked door. It’s a really good quality lock that I personally chose for its level of security. I also keep a copy of your faces with an online gallery provider that is GDPR compliant.
The new EU regulations require me to just do stuff that’s fairly within the realms of my job role, I guess all you really need to know is that I’m a nice human being who wants to be able to do my job but who won’t take the piss.