Model Release Forms
One of the biggest mistake photographers make when they take pictures, is to believe that they can use their images wherever and however they wish.
Quite simply, it's not that simple!
Whether you are photographing people who know they are being photographed, buildings you have been allowed to photograph or shooting 'on the fly'. If you want to place those images with a stock agency, sell them, syndicate them or publish them you are going to have to make sure that you have a signed model/building release form.
Rules on when you need this vary greatly from country to country and you can never expect a signed release form to be a fail-safe security blanket.
However, it's a vital first step into protecting yourself from expensive litigation.
We have made three forms available here to cover the three basic requirements, a model release for adults, one for minors and one for buildings.
Issue 5 of Turning Pro magazine has an article on model release forms including examples. To buy a copy click here.
Sample forms may be downloaded as PDFs below
Property Release Form (PDF)
Minor Release Form (PDF)
Adult Release Form (PDF)
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