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Photo release form

Assign usage rights to others with this online form.
  • Authorization This completed form gives third parties a license or authorization to use your copyrighted works.
  • Specific Use Edit this form template to clearly state how your photo may be used, when publishing and/or printing.
  • Similar forms Other, related forms of interest include the model release, minor model release as well as the photo print release.
  • Photo Release Form

  • I (the Client) hereby grant and authorize COMPANY NAME (hereinafter The Company) the right to take, edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, distribute and make use of any and all photos and videos taken of me to be used in and/or for any lawful purpose.

    This authorization extends to all languages, media, formats and markets now known or later discovered.

    This authorization shall continue indefinitely, unless I otherwise revoke this authorization in writing.

    I waive the right to inspect or approve any finished product in which my likeness appears.

    I agree to this release without being compensated. I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the video.

    I understand and agree that these materials shall become the property of The Company and will not be returned.

    I hereby hold harmless and release The Company from all liability, petitions, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representative, executors, administrators, or any other persons may make while acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate.
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The photo release form is available for download in three different designs.

What is a photo release form?

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.

There are many types of photo releases, including a model release, minor model release, boudoir model release, employee release, pet release and others.

Why you need a photo release

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.

Best practices

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.

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