The photo release form is available for download in three different designs.
A photo release form is a legal agreement between a releasor (the client) and a releasee (the photographer). In more simple terms, it's a contract in which one party allows the other party to publish their images for personal and/or commercial use. Typically there is an offering of payment or barter of goods in exchange (such as trade for prints) for the assignment of rights to the images.
If you intend to make any commercial use of the images in question, you will need express permission from the individual to use their name, image or likeness in any published medium. A signed photo release form protects you from any potential legal action.
A well crafted release clearly identifies the releasor (the person giving permission) and the releasee (the person receiving permission) with detailed information such as legal name, address and phone number. In the event the subject is a minor, you will need the consent of a parent or guardian. You will also want to specify the date and location the photographs were taken.
Be clear about the intended uses of the images, any payment terms, as well as any legal considerations, such as rights of revocation (can the client rescind the release form and under what conditions), governing law (what state/jurisdiction governs the release), and release of claims (releaseee will not sue releasor over the use of the images).
Both parties should receive a signed copy of the completed form.
The downloadable forms and contracts 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.