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Photography Question 
brigitte stahre
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member since: 3/27/2004
 

Photographic Model Release Forms


In 1996, I went with a friend to deliver some calves. While there, I took pictures of children with various baby animals. For impromptu shots with a mid price 35mm camera, some came out surprisingly well. Unfortunately, I forgot to have the film developed for quite a while, and the people apparently left the area. Is there a time limit, after which I would be able to to use these pictures? Some of the children are still minors; two are now over 18.

4/12/2005 4:30:10 PM

 

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  Brigitte,
If you intend to sell the pictures or make money or even publish the photos, you will need a model release from the people. There is no time limit after which you could sell the photos and not need a release. It just depends on your intention regarding "use".
Charlie

4/12/2005 8:51:09 PM

 
brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/27/2004
  i was hoping to be able to use them in my portfolio and possibly enter them into some contests.

4/13/2005 11:02:18 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker

member since: 12/21/2004
  Using them in a portfolio shouldn't be a problem. Entering them into a contest could be.

4/13/2005 2:05:36 PM

 
brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/27/2004
  will always kick myself for not obtaining 'consent to publish" right then and there.. just never thought of it at the moment.. figured i'd see how the pics turn out, make a set for the parents and bring them along with form if they came out ok.. ah. well....

4/13/2005 2:44:55 PM

 

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  Brigitte
A portfolio should not be a problem, and I have used numerous "non-released" images in my direct mail and sourcebook ads marketing myself as a photographer. These were shots I did for clients and did not get releases, because I couldn't use the photos for anything anyway. I personally do not see any potential problems with using your copyrighted photo for promotion, even without releases.

4/13/2005 2:52:58 PM

 

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