COVER YOUR ASSets: Model Releases

Here’s a quick note on model releases:

Folks, get ’em before you need ’em. I am paying a painful lesson now that I am assembling and submitting my image archives as stock. A great deal of my earlier fashion work cannot be used because I failed to get my models to sign a release, a normal and acceptable part of a photo shoot.

So don’t feel guilty getting them, and don’t be too lazy to do it. Read through the wikipedia article here, and make sure you understand the nitty-gritty details of the laws in your area, and make sure that if you use a template, that it makes sense and all the details are correct for your area.

If you’re shooting your girlfriend, get a release. If you’re shooting your mom, get a release. If you’re shooting yourself, get a release. You will thank yourself later.

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