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Marius Liebenberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/21/2005

Model Release Forms

I take photos of children while their parents are present and sometimes photos of the parents themselves. The photos are for sale to the parents and possibly to some of their other family members. Do I need to have the parents sign any model release forms prior to the photo shoot?

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1/25/2007 1:33:48 AM

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  If you intend to sell those image to a thirty-party for commercial use, you will need a model release. If the images are only being sold to family members it's a non-issue. If you intend to this professionally and want to use these images for self-promotion on a Web site, cards, etc. ... it would likely be a good idea to have a release signed to protect yourself.

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1/25/2007 6:58:17 AM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Well Marius, I agree with Ibarionex, including the releases for usage beyond the family, although it doesn't depend on your professional use, it's publishing or displaying the photo of a minor child in any medium, whether in print or electronically.
However, you gotta be somewhat cautious with this one, and personally, if I were you, I'd get releases from the parents if you plan to sell them to anyone beyond the parents who hired you - including aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Family relationships can change, and one member may become hostile toward another and, without your knowledge, may not want one person or another to have a photo of their kids. I hear about that kind of petty nonsense all the time, and the photographer gets caught in the middle. It may not necessarily be grounds for liability, depending on the circumstances, but having a signed release to show a disgruntled parent who squawks will shut them up quickly and put an end to the entire discussion.
Take it light.

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1/25/2007 10:43:06 AM

Marius Liebenberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/21/2005
  Hi again

Thanks for the helpful info, it makes me wonder how the paparazzi get away with what they do.

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1/27/2007 3:39:04 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Their subjects are somehow newsworthy and fall into a different category in terms of releases and the laws tnat apply to releases.

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1/27/2007 4:50:33 PM

Who Me? 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/19/2007
  take it easy, and don't make it chezzy

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1/28/2007 2:05:13 AM

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