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The Ultimate Guide to Signing a Model Release

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Who owns the rights to the images from the shoot? You or the Photographer?

The answer to that question can vary from case to case. Was a model release signed? If so, what the release says will determine if the photographer, you or some other third party owns the copyright.

It doesn't matter if you're preparing for your very first shoot or you've done over a 100 shoots. The reality is the overwhelming majority of models/those who step in front of the camera don't know this information. Frankly, many of the people behind the camera don't even know this stuff. Knowing this information could go a long way in protecting your image and brand, as well as saving you from a lot of future potential headaches.

Who is this Guide for:

  • Models (New and Experienced)
  • Business Owners (Headshots, Website Images)
  • Photographers (Yeah, many of you need this too)
  • Project Managers (those hiring or booking talent for shoots)

You Might Be Wondering...

Q. Who owns the rights to the images from a shoot? And can the photographer sell the images of me without my knowledge?

A. The answer often depends on what the model release says.

Q. Can I use the images for my portfolio, comp card, and to promote myself even if I don't own the copyright?

A. The answer often depends on what the model release says.

Q. Doesn't the photographer have to provide me with a copy of the images from our shoot?

A. The answer often depends on what the model release says.

Q. I hired a photographer to take some images of me for my website. Can I use them to make and sell posters? 

A. The answer often depends on what the model release says.

What Does Your Model Release Say?

The answers to the above questions and many similar ones can be found in the documentation that comes with the Sample Model Release download. 

Use the Sample Model Release to create your own release that you can use for your future shoots. At the very least the information will help you to be better prepared to ask the right questions.

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