FAQ to Model Release Forms for Photographers
What is a model release form?
At its most basic, a model release is a contract — a standard legal document that outlines the terms and conditions under which a model’s likeness can be used. Essentially, it’s a contract between the model and the photographer or videographer. While model release forms can vary from one shoot to the next, they generally include the model’s and the photographer’s name, contact information, the compensation (unless it’s free), a brief description of the photoshoot, the intended use of the photo or video and the signature line.
It’s important to note that a standard model release form is not just for professional models. Anyone who appears in your photo or video should sign a model release form, regardless of whether they are a professional model, just a friend, a family member or even a stranger who got into the frame. Also, whether you are a pro or amateur — a basic model release form for photographers is still obligatory.
What exactly should be in a model release form?
While the specific contents of a model release form can vary, there are a few key elements that should be included in any model release form for photography or videography. These include:
- The name and contact information for the photographer or videographer and the model and also, in case the model is a minor, the parent or legal guardian of the model.
- The date of the photoshoot or video shoot.
- The specific ways in which the model’s likeness will be used (e.g., in a print ad or on a website).
- The compensation the model will receive (if any).
- A statement releasing the photographer or videographer from any liability related to the use of the model’s likeness.
It’s important to ensure that your model release form is clear and easy to understand. Avoid using legal jargon or overly complicated language and be sure to explain any terms or concepts that might not be familiar to the model.
Are digital model release forms legally binding?
The answer depends on your jurisdiction. If you are not sure about it, it would be safest to consult with a competent lawyer about the requirements for a digital form of consent for the commercial use of images and clarify whether the forms signed in digital format have legal force.
Yet, many photographers and videographers prefer to use online model release forms or electronic model release forms because they are more convenient and efficient than paper forms. One advantage of using digital model release forms is that they can be signed, submitted and stored online, making the process faster and easier for everyone involved.
Is this sample model release form free?
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The forms and contract templates provided on this website are intended as a reference and are not a substitute for legal advice. It is important to seek the advice of a licensed attorney to ensure that any legal documents you use contain the appropriate language and comply with all applicable laws in your jurisdiction.