Story of Your Life Photography | Hertfor



If you’ve clicked here it must mean you care a lot about your data privacy and the GDPR implementation. If you’re here by accident and you don’t know what GDPR is, GDPR stands for Get Dozens of Photographers Rabid and was designed to create mass hysteria within an entire industry of small, one banjo businesses who happen to work with people’s faces. Are faces personal data? This has yet to be confirmed. In the meantime, what we do need to do is be compliant in handling written info you give us like what happened on the stag do and which family member secretly boils your piss. So here is Story of your life Photography’s updated GDPR compliant privacy policy:

(my privacy policy was inspired by the amazing  Marianne Chua (here) who put this hilarious & easily digestible policy together. Thank you, you are a Goddess!)

Which 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 our shooting day, your address so I can find your home for our in-home session / meet you there for a pre-consultation /post you prints and other staff. All of this is necessary for me to do my job.


How I collect and keep your personal data

 You can use 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 or post code. If you go ahead with booking me as your photographer, I will store your datas in my client software called HeyNed which is protected by a password again not containing my birthday date or the name of my children. If you enquire but don’t book me (pffft as if that’ll happen!), I will delete all your personal data from my client database after the appropriate mourning period has ended. 


Blog commenting

I have a blog on my website where I showcase breath taking photographs. If you comment on it, it’s super public so everyone can see it, so don’t write down your personal credit card details there, you can just send that directly to me.


Right of confirmation, access, rectification and erasure

In all seriousness, 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 I have on you, and unsurprisingly it’ll probably be exactly the things you’ve told me because sadly I am neither a spy nor a mind reader. If some of the information is wrong, you have the right to correct it, and I would definitely recommend this because neither of us want me turning up at a wrong venue on our shooting day! 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 shooting otherwise my journey to the location will become a saga akin to The Matrix films. I definitely need to know stuff about you to work for you. When you’re done with me you can totally 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 not a weird dick. I will 100% definitely use your email to email you about our session. If there’s something related to our session like a discount coupon for prints, I’ll possibly email you that too if I like you. If there’s something unrelated to our session but related to something we had a human conversation about like a really cool vegan restaurant, 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 time fo’ that shiz. 

I have a questionnaire that asks you for details about your expectation about our session, that doesn’t go anywhere bar my computer. Any and all information I request from you is entirely voluntary really.


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.

There’s a couple of things I do to run my business, like show my work on facebook, instagram and my own website. If you have booked me you probably looked at photos of my photos on these various unscrupulous avenues. I do ask couples to opt into this in my contract, but you can always decide to keep your session private. I have shot a lot of families and babies 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. 

I store photos of your lovely lovely faces on a hard drive in my house. 


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 but who won’t take the piss.