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JAMK  Photography
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/13/2004

Model Release of Youth Sports

I'm interested in starting a Youth Sports (action) Photography business, but I have a few questions on model release. First, do I need a model release in order to post the photos on my Web site so it could be viewed and purchased? Second, is a model release required to use the photos in my portfolio?

11/10/2004 12:39:02 AM

Chuck A. Muirhead

member since: 11/11/2004
  You will need a release to use for promotional purposes, but not for posting images to your site. As long as you are contracted or have an agreement to be on the premises shooting, parents will not have a problem with you shooting and posting their kids. If someone contacts you upset that their child is on your site, just politely agree to pull the image and let them know that you are the photographer for their league. The parent may come around and even purchase prints from you down the road.

11/11/2004 7:04:18 AM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2003
  I've heard conflicting advice on this. It is my understanding that if the person (or youth) is recognizable, you need a release. There are too many cases of unhappily divorced parents, and many parents would not want their child's photo on your Web site without their permission! Check with a legal expert before posting!

11/12/2004 8:22:50 PM

Carl Schulz

member since: 3/22/2004
  Years ago, I was at Taste of Chicago with a friend. We were sitting on the sidewalk munching on a hot dog when a guy with a TV camera began filming us. I said something like, "Hey, they are shooting us," and my friend looked at the camera and said: "No, they're not. They don't have permission to use my likeness". The guy behind the camera said permission is not needed since we were in public at a public event.

11/16/2004 3:58:55 AM

Keith Johnston

member since: 6/8/2003
  If you are going to use the pictures for promotional purposes, to help sell your pictures or your photography services, you will need a model release. With youth, it is always wise to get a model release for some of the reasons listed above. You should not have a problem posting the pictures so parents can buy them, but you might want to password-protect the images. Many times you can compensate the parents for signing a model release by giving them a picture.

11/17/2004 3:00:37 PM


member since: 2/28/2002
  Hi, I agree with Keith. Password protection is the way to go. I have a site for the two football teams I shoot and I require an email from the parents, which I verify with the coaches. This also provides me with a marketing list for that team. My parents love the fact that the pictures are password protected. The parents who's kids are on the sample gallery get their kids pictures for free at the end of the season and they sign a release. It's pretty cool.

11/23/2004 2:47:14 PM

Peggy J. Sells
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/4/2004
  Is there a standard "Model Release Form" availble on-line?

11/25/2004 8:39:13 AM


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