Personal data I collect
I collect your name so I don’t have to call you sir/madam – that would be in all respect a little strange! Your email address and phone number so I can call you to help find you on your wedding day. ( you see why I like to know your name! ) I ask for your address so I can post your wedding photos to you and also take your photos because well… that’s what you’ve paid me to do. This is vital information that I need in order for me to carry out my job.
How I collect your personal data
I store all of your data in my cool little GDPR compliant software, Studio Ninja which is only accessible through two computers and has the strongest password possible! ( scouts promise ) If you enquire through my website, which I may add is one of those fancy secure https sites ( none of your old school unsecured HTTP here thanks! ) then your data will be stored on my Studio Ninja account. ( so much work behind the scenes!!) If you enquire but don’t book.. ( as if that would happen! ) then I’ll contact you asking if you would like all of your information deleted from my database.
I have a blog on my website where I love to show your family, friends, and anybody who is interested in wedding photography. If you comment on the blog post, everyone can see it – please don’t write your personal credit card details there! You can send all of that important stuff to me directly.
Right of confirmation, access, rectification, and erasure
In all seriousness, if you would like to see how I store your personal data, I’ll happily show you or write something up. If you’d like me to delete all of your personal data, you 100% have that right – just let me keep your data until AFTER the wedding – just so I know where and when your wedding day is!! Once you’re married I do tend to keep your data stored on the database – again if you wish this to be deleted, I’ll make It happen for you.
Use of your data
The summary of this is I’m not a creepy, weirdo photographer! I will 100% use your phone number and email to contact you directly about your wedding day. Your contact will only be held by myself and not given to anyone else. I am the type of person who is always trying to better myself – and enter photo competitions with a select few pictures of your wedding day.
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 be selling your wedding photographs to the likes of Vogue or GQ magazine! If a third party does ask me to buy one of your wedding photos, I’ll be in touch with you for your permission. In short – it’ll never be without your consent.
A couple of things I do to help run my business, like market my work on social media such as good ol’ Facebook and the cooler, newer Instagram – gotta keep up with the kids somehow! 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 in to this in my contract, but you can always decide to keep your wedding private. I have shot a lot of weddings that no one has seen, at the end of the day I’m not a weird dick and I respect that some people don’t want to be on the Internet. You can veto any photos you deem too embarrassing, and it is your responsibility to ask your guests’ permission, although we both know Uncle Jimmy isn’t shy.
I store photos of your lovely 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.
GDPR compliancy (is that a word? It sounds weird) achieved!
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 to the best of my ability – it’s my profession after all. Barry