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Minor Model Release Form

Obtain consent from a models parent or guardian
Photo release form
  • Legal/full age Laws vary by region, but usually anyone under the age of 18 cannot sign legal agreements.

  • Photographer + Parent(s) This release form should be signed by the photographer and any/all parent(s)/guardian(s).

  • Consideration A best practice is to be sure you're actually offering your subject a fair exchange of value for the release.

Minor Model Release Form

  • Photographer Name:
  • Session Date:
  • Session Location:

  • Parent / Guardian Name:
  • Model Name:
  • Model Date of Birth:
  • Email Address:
  • Street Address:

  • Terms
  • In consideration of the engagement as a model of the minor named below, and for other good and valuable consideration of Description of Further Consideration, herein acknowledged as received, upon the terms hereinafter stated, I hereby grant to ("Photographer"), his/her legal representatives and assigns, those for whom Photographer is acting, and those acting with his/her authority and permission, the absolute right and permission to take, use, reuse, publish, and republish photographic portraits or pictures of the minor or in which the minor may be included, in whole or in part, or composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations from time to time, in conjunction with the minor's own or a fictitious name, or reproductions thereof in color or otherwise, made through any medium at his/her studios or elsewhere, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, for art, advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever. I also consent to the use of any published matter in conjunction therewith.

    I hereby waive any right that I or the minor may have to inspect or approve the finished product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

    I hereby release, discharge, and agree to save harmless and defend Photographer, his/her legal representatives or assigns, and all persons acting under his/her permission or authority or those for whom he/she is acting, from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or violation of any right of publicity or privacy.

    I hereby warrant that I am of full age and have every right to contract for the minor in the below regard. I state further that I have read the above authorization, release, and agreement, prior to its execution, and that I am fully familiar with the contents thereof.

    This release shall be binding upon the minor and me, and our respective heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.

What is a minor model release form?

A minor model release is much like any standard model release form, in that it is a legally binding contract between the photographer and the client. In this case, it is a parent or guardian of a model who is under the age of 18.

Why you need a minor model release

You'll want to secure a model release if you anticipate any possible commercial use of the photographs taken during a specific photo session. This gives you legal safeguards against any future liabilities or possible lawsuits down the road.

Also, when possible, try to obtain a signature from both parents, which reduces the likelihood of the other parent attempting to revoke consent.

Benefits of a model release

By obtaining a signed release, you can secure all rights to publish, sell or license photographs taken during a photoshoot. If you intend to offer "consideration" to your client, also include that in your release so that there is no ambiguity in the agreed upon terms (such as a specific payment or barter of goods--prints, digital images, etc).


The forms and contract templates made available on this website are a starting point and are offered for demonstration purposes only, and are not legal advice. When considering using any legal document, be sure to consult a practicing attorney to ensure the documents you use include the necessary language and that they comply with all laws in your area.

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