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Photography Release Forms

If you take pictures of people and there's the possibility that someday you'll sell them, we highly recommend model release forms. Plan ahead and have your subjects sign a simple release form to protect yourself. You can purchase and download our photography release forms for only $2.50. Payment goes through PayPal and you're able to immediately download all of our release forms, plus instructions on how to use and customize them for your needs.

We are having technical difficulty with the purchase of Release Forms at this time. Please do not purchase them.
 

The following photography release forms are included in the package:

Form 33) Model Release
Form 34) Model Release - Short Form
Form 35) Model Release for Minors
Form 36) Property Release


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PDF Sample
Model Release - Short Form

(Form 34)


sample form
 



Model Release - Short Form
Instructions on How to Use the Release Forms

The Model Release Short Form is sometimes called a pocket release. This type of release is easy to understand and proves to be less intimidating for someone to sign. Many photographers prefer using this type of model release because it is easier to get signed.


While the Model Release Short Form is certainly better than nothing, it does not provide the overall protection of larger and more comprehensive model releases. Every time you remove some language from a release, you are also removing some degree of protection.


This release can be photocopied or printed then cut down to a 4"x 5" size that will easily fit your pocket or camera bag. Always make sure that you have plenty of releases on hand.


You need to have a signed release for each modeling session because each set of pictures requires its own release. Always have models sign your release during the photography session. This is much easier than getting them to sign at a later date. Having a witness signature is usually not necessary, however, it can be helpful if a question is later raised about the validity of the release.


When exhibiting work in a gallery or museum, photographers usually do not need signed model releases. The absence of much case law in fine art photography indicates that the risks are low. Another reason is the limited exposure this type of photography gets; the use of an image might not come to the attention of the subject in a photograph. However, if you are photographing nudes or scantily clad models, it is very important to get signed model releases. Publishers will always require signed releases for nudes. And if you are creating controversial photographs of individuals, it is a good precaution to obtain signed releases.


For a legal document to be a binding contract, "in consideration of" must be given by both parties. The model is giving something, therefore the photographer must give something in return. It is always wise to give at least a small payment as consideration. The amount is not as important as the exchange of something of value. Usually a person will sign a release for a small sum of money or for a photograph. Payments made by check provide the best proof of payment.


Code your slides and prints with the letters MR to indicate that a Model Release is available. Keep your releases in a safe place and make sure that you can find them when they are needed. The best way to store releases is in a separate file of their own, filed by the photo file number that you have assigned to the shoot or the individual photo. Never say that you have a signed Model Release unless you actually have one.
 

The sample form and the text above came from:
Creating A Successful Career In Photography.

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We are having technical difficulty with the purchase of Release Forms at this time. Please do not purchase them.

 


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Creating A Successful Career In Photography

If the above sample is helpful, please consider ordering the full publication today. The price is only $9.95, the book is electronic so you can download it immediately. Your satisfaction guaranteed or your money will be refunded.

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