"Photo Release Form"

What Is a Photo Release Form?

A Photo Release form is a legal document that grants a photographer or business with the authorization to obtain images for personal or commercial use. An individual on the photos has to provide this authorization requesting payment, royalties, or free of charge. This form is required when a photograph of a person will be used with the intention of receiving profit - money, promotion, or publication. Every time an individual is photographed by a professional photographer, a standard Photo Release form must be signed to allow the photographer to distribute and use the images for profit.

With the individual's permission, the photographer or the photographic agency can use the photos at their discretion - for a commercial advertising campaign or a creative art project. If you need your own Photo Release form, draft it with the help of our online form builder or simply download a PDF non-fillable Photo Release contract through the link below.

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Photo Release Form
I, _______________________________________, with a mailing address of _______
_____________________________________________________________________
__________________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Releasor”) grant permission and
consent to _______________________________________, with a mailing address of
_____________________________________________________________________
__________________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Releasee”) for the use of the
following photograph(s) as identified below for presentation under any legal
condition, including but not limited to publicity, copyright purposes, illustration,
advertising, and web content:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
1. Payment.
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
2. Royalties​ .
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
3. Revocation.
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
4. Acknowledgement.
The Releasor and Releasee understand and agree to the aforementioned terms and
conditions as demonstrated by their signatures as follows:
Photo Release Form
I, _______________________________________, with a mailing address of _______
_____________________________________________________________________
__________________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Releasor”) grant permission and
consent to _______________________________________, with a mailing address of
_____________________________________________________________________
__________________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Releasee”) for the use of the
following photograph(s) as identified below for presentation under any legal
condition, including but not limited to publicity, copyright purposes, illustration,
advertising, and web content:
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
1. Payment.
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
2. Royalties​ .
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
3. Revocation.
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________
4. Acknowledgement.
The Releasor and Releasee understand and agree to the aforementioned terms and
conditions as demonstrated by their signatures as follows:
RELEASOR
RELEASEE
Name: ​ _ ________________________
Name: ​ _ ________________________
Signed: ​ _ _______________________
Signed: ​ _ _______________________
Date: __________________________
Date: __________________________
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How to Make a Photo Release Form?

Usually, a Photo Release Contract consists of one page with the individual granting and authorizing the right to take, edit, copy, publish, and distribute pictures for any lawful material. This authorization is typically extended to all formats and markets, and it continues indefinitely unless specifically revoked in writing.

The authorization is usually released for one of the following types of the form:

A Model Release form is a related document that is specifically designed to show evidence of authorization granted to a photographer by a professional model during a professional photoshoot. It is often confused with the Photo Release; however, there is a difference. A Model Release Contract is signed by the professional model allowing the photographer to use the image, so its main goal is to benefit the photographer. When it comes to most photoshoots, both documents should be signed.

A Video Release form is a legal document that lets a third party use the appearance and voice (both in still image and video format) of an individual for the benefit of the third party. The likeness and the voice of the individual may be used for media, physical products, and online publications.

A generic Photo Release form has to include the following details:

  1. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the photographer and the model;
  2. Description of photos in question;
  3. Longevity of the form's validity;
  4. Intent of image use;
  5. Payment or royalties' information. Select the available option to indicate whether or not there will be payment for the released images. State the amount of money to be provided;
  6. Signatures and printed names of the parties.

If the agreement involves a minor, at least one parent or legal guardian should be present to sign the document.

Amateur photographers are free to take all the pictures they want, but professional photographers and agencies have to take a more official route. A properly drafted Photo Release Contract serves as proof that the permission has been granted to the photographer to use the images freely. Secure your rights firmly by confirming them legally and without much trouble.


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