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Why do I need a model release?

This one’s for the whizzes behind the lens! 

As a creative soul with a camera, you possess the incredible ability to capture beauty and emotion in a single frame. And sometimes, that magic requires a little help from our fellow human beings - the fantastic models who bring life to your creative visions. 

Working with models means tapping into their captivating presence and showcasing their unique essence in your work.  

But before you book that billboard, it's important to understand your legal rights and obligations when it comes to privacy and intellectual property rights (both for you and your model!). Trust us, this isn't just about legal jargon. It's about ensuring your creative journey remains smooth and worry-free. 

We’re talking about the power of the humble model release. 

Ready? Let's dive in. 

What is a Model Release, Anyway? 

Basically, a model release is a legal document set outs both parties obligations and rights to use the photos you have taken of the model. 

The Model Release document should be provided and signed before capturing any images or videos, ensuring that the model fully understands and consents to the intended usage including where it will be displayed and for how long as well as if any compensation has been agreed upon (including discounts for services or free products). 

Do I Really Need A Model Release? 

Absolutely - this little document should be your new best friend. 

Picture this: You've created a jaw-dropping photo series that perfectly encapsulates your unique vision. It's a masterpiece that deserves the spotlight. You showcase it and make some cash! But then, the legals come knocking. 

You forgot to use a model release, and your model ain’t happy about their face being recognized without signing a contract. You didn’t realize you couldn’t use their image commercially without permission! And now, you’re in a whole lot of legal hot water. 

Yikes! We don't want that for you. Whether it's an advertising campaign, a magazine spread, or a captivating series of images, obtaining a signed model release is a must. 

That way you're protecting your art, your business, and yourself from potential legal headaches. 

Now, if your models tend to fall asleep while being incredibly adorable (babies) or are not tall enough to ride a rollercoaster yet or (under 18s) you will need their parent or guardian to sign a model release on their behalf.  
It is also worth noting that if you intend for the images to be used when advertising regulated services (such as cosmetic surgery) additional legislation will apply. 

Help! I Need a Model Release, Stat! 

Now that you know how essential a model release is, you're probably wondering how to get your hands on one. Don't worry, we've got your back! 

At Foundd Legal, we've crafted a comprehensive and photographer-friendly Model Release form that'll make your life a whole lot easier. It covers all the essential bases and ensures you and your model are on the same page (literally!). 

Got A Couple More Questions? 

Once you’ve got your model release sorted out, we know you might have more questions or need personalized advice on the legals for your photography business. That's where our consultation services come in! 

Schedule a chat with our legal wizards, and they'll guide you through any jargon or queries you may have. 

Photographer extraordinaire, remember that a model release is more than just a piece of paper. It's your shield, your creative license, and your gateway to a thriving photography business. 

It’s also, y’know, the morally right thing to do when it comes to protecting intellectual property. 

So the next time you embark on a shoot with stunning human subjects, don't forget to have that model release ready to go. 

Keep snapping and shining while you keep those legal worries at bay! 

You've got this. 





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