I lured you in with the photo of Zappa the Black Cat (his official title) didn’t I?!!  Well now you’re here you might as well read on!

With the the New Data Protection GDPR implementation coming in from 25th May 18 I thought I would do a super brief update as to how I plan to adhere to it and let you know what I do with your info!   If you want to see my super wordy Privacy Policy there will be a link at the bottom and also on my website with my Terms & Conditions 🙂

GDPR stands for – General Data Protection Regulation (bored yet?!), I don’t quite understand it all yet but I do need to do is be compliant in handling written info you have given me – I’ll keep all your secrets!  

Personal data I collect

Obviously your names – although I may call you something completely differently on the day, your email address so I can communicate with you, your mobile number so I can call you, your address so I can post your photos to you safely and I obviously take your photographs because that’s why you asked me to cover your Special Day.  All of this is necessary for me to do my job and keep you in the loop.

How I collect and keep your personal data

If you’re interested in booking me will probably fill in a contact forms that is then sent through my website which is forwarded to me via email which has a pretty good password – so good I usually forget and have to spend 40 minutes resetting it.  If you go ahead with booking me as your photographer, I usually send you a Booking Form & contracts via ‘JotForm’ (who are also GDPR compliant btw) and your details are sorted safely in your own personal folder on my MAC – which is also password protected.  I’ll be spending more time typing in passwords then editing at this rate!  If you enquire but don’t book me 🙁 I will delete all your personal data from my emailed contact forms.  Your email never gets stored on my website in anyway and my site is definitely a https:// and not http:// type sites which is more secure.

Commenting on my Blogs or anywhere else

I have a blog on my website, use Facebook & Instagram to showcase your Beautiful wedding’s & Children. If you comment on it, it’s public so everyone can see it, so don’t type any of your personal details – obviously. 

Right of confirmation, access, rectification and erasure

In all seriousness, if you have questions about how I handle your personal data, you can just drop me a line and I will quickly write something up & send you my super wordy Privacy Policy.  I’m happy to show you the information I have on you, but it will only be the same things that you have told me – I don’t stalk to get extra info I might find interesting.  If some of the information is wrong, you have the right to correct it – I would recommend this!  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 your wedding or event otherwise I might miss it or end up at the wrong place!  When I’m done with your images and they are safely in the your hands I am more than happy to delete your details if you wish. I don’t tend to keep email addresses of my clients on a database but I do keep them in your electronic files to send you your online galleries – if you’d like to detail everything I hold for you, thats fine too.

Use of your data

I will definitely use your email to email you about your bookings and details of your Wedding or Event.  I wouldn’t give your email out to anyone else ever.  I also won’t be sending you lots of newsletters because it takes me all my time to do an actual Blog so I don’t think I would ever get round to actually writing a Newsletter ha!! I do sometimes give out phone numbers to second shooters for a wedding, usually because I won’t be with them and its best they have the clients contacts details too.

After your wedding, event or session I might send you a questionnaire for a blog post, you don’t have to complete it – I’ll just make something up – I’m kidding! If you do complete it whatever you write will probably be included in the blog feature, so don’t include anything you don’t want anyone else to see!  Any and all information I request from you is entirely voluntary.

Sometimes I submit photos to competitions, other blogs or may be approached by a Wedding publication to use the images (I can only dream!) but I would never submit anything without your consent first.  I only use photos you’ve already given permission for on my own website, Facebook & Instagram.  You can of course withdraw that consent at any time – but I may cry especially if the images are awesome! 

Use of your face-based data

This is where I start to get a headache!  When it comes to your photographs, the EU hasn’t gotten too specific about what that means for working photographers just that we need to demonstrate reasonable and legitimate use. I don’t sell your images to a third party but if a third party did approach me asking me to buy one of your photos, I will email you about it as it’ll never be without your consent or knowledge.

Before I place any images on my site, Facebook or Instagram I do ask you to opt into this in my contract & on booking forms, but you can always decide to keep your images private & opt out. Even if you don’t specify that you want to opt out, I will actually ask you directly after the wedding as well if you’re ok with me putting you and your guests on my website especially as I like to use Sneak Peeks – you know to build excitement!  For Weddings & Events it is your responsibility to ask your guests’ permission for their photos to be taken, but to be fair they must know a Photographer will be in attendance! I store photos of your faces on password encrypted hard drives at my home & I don’t tend to leave the house without locking the front door.  Your online Galleries are provided by Pixieset  who are also GDPR compliant & all galleries are password protected.

I’m now GDPR compliant! I think 🙂

The super wordy bit – Privacy Policy May 2018

Michelle x




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