How to Write Photo Release Forms

By Jamie Witt
Protect your photography business by having models and subjects sign a photo release form.

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A photo release form protects you, the photographer, from lawsuits filed on behalf of your model or subject. The form simply says the subject gives you consent to photograph her and use the photos in certain ways, whether for media publication or marketing materials. You should file the signed photo release form and never get rid of it, according to the American Society of Media Professionals. It is also wise to organize images with photo release forms in case you need to present photos in court, as recommended by the ASMP.

Open a new, blank document in your computer’s word processing program.

Type “Photo Release Form” as the title of the form on the top line.

Enter “I hereby give my consent for [insert your name, company or organization] to use my photograph and likeness in all forms and media for advertising, trade and any other lawful purposes.”

Insert three lines for the subject’s printed name, her signature and the date.

Enter a section for parents of subjects or models under the age of 18 that includes: “I attest that I am the parent or guardian of the child(ren). I have read this release and approve of its terms.”

Insert a signature and date line for the parent.

Insert a line for the name and age of the minor for the parent to complete.

About the Author

Jamie Witt began her writing career in 2005 by assisting in the launch of a daily newspaper. Previous roles in newspaper have included reporter, photographer, copy editor and assistant managing editor. She moved into advertising with an emphasis on public relations, copy writing and copy editing. Witt studied Journalism and English at Indiana University.

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