Standard Model Release Form

Standard Model Release Form

The standard model release form is a document that is designed to protect a photographer from legal repercussion while working with and or publishing the results of a model’s photography shoot. With this document the model would provide complete “irrevocable permission,” to edit and publish photographs as they choose.

In order for the model to provide this permission, they must be 18 years of age or older. Otherwise, the document may not be signed by the model if they are a minor and therefore the photographer may not, in fact, use the model’s photographic materials.

The photographer should ask for picture identification prior to employing or using the model’s photographs to ensure that the model, is of legal age to sign the document. This document will require the signature of a witness or notary.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF (.pdf).

Step 2 – The Parties –

  • The model must enter their full name
  • Enter the photographer’s full name
  • Submit the date and the complete address of the  location of the shoot in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • The model must carefully read the document. If he/she is uncertain about the meaning of any portion of the document they may wish to seek competent legal counsel, independent of the photographer/agency

Step 3 – Signatures – Provide the following information:

  • The model’s full name
  • Address
  • City, State or Province, Zip or Postal Code
  • Country
  • The model must submit their signature
  • The Witness must provide their printed name
  • Witness’ signature
  • Date of signature in mm/dd/yyyy format

Minor Child – A minor child may not participate in any sort of modeling activities if they are under the age of 18 years of age, without the dated signature of a Parent or Guardian and their known witness

  • Read the Parent/Guardian statement
  • If in agreement one or both parents or guardians must provide their signatures
  • Date the signature(s) in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • AND
  • Enter the witness’ printed name
  • Witness’ signature
  • Date the signature in mm/dd/yyyy format

The Photographer must provide copies to all signatories to include the minor child, for their record keeping.