What Photographers Need to Know About Model Releases

March 22, 2014

By Mindy Charski

A standard model release, downloaded from, the website of the trade association American Society of Media Photographers. It is for a photo subject who is over 18, and it can be customized to insert language regarding specific uses of the image.

“Do I need a model release?” It’s a simple question that is deceptively complex. Depending on how a photograph is used, a release isn’t always necessary. But not having one – or at least an appropriate one – when consent is required to use a person’s image can potentially create all sorts of havoc for stock agencies, art buyers and...

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