Privacy Policy

Who we are

Elle Marie Photography is a registered photography business based out of a studio in Whitby, Ontario. The owner and primary photographer is Lyndsey Thomas. The business website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Any personal data collected through our contact forms are collected through a third party application called 17 hats. We take the security of your personal information as a customer very seriously, as does 17 hats, which is why we chose them to help us manage this information, You can find 17hats privacy policy here: We keep information collected through the contact form for an indefinite amount of time for customer service purposes, however we will never sell or use your information for marketing purposes without your consent.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Google Analytics is used to collect analytic data for this website. Among other things, Google Ananlytics tells me things like what websites people came from, how long they were on my site, what pages they visited, etc. No specific data that would easily identify an individual is collected. The information collected is used only to help me understand who is visiting my site, what pages are most appealing, what pages could use more work, and things like that. I never sell or share any of the data. All of my activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service.

Who we share your data with – as mentioned above, information collected through my contact form is managed by, a secure application used for managing my clients. View 17 hats privacy policy here: – I use Square to process payments through my website. All financial data is collected through this secure application and sensitive financial information, such as credit card numbers, is not accessible to me. View Square’s privacy policy here: – Occasionally I use PayPal, a secure and trusted site to process payments. All financial data is collected through this secure application and sensitive financial information, such as credit card numbers, is not accessible to me. View PayPal’s privacy policy here:

How long we retain your data

We keep all contact form entries for a minimum of 1 month, analytics records for a minimum of 6 months and customer purchase records for a minimum of 10 years. However, most of the data listed is retained indefinitely for customer service and tax purposes.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, or have filled out our contact form or made a payment, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements