In order to prevent lawsuits, release forms are not only common place but required for many types of photo sessions. They are required in the United States in order to use photographs for commercial purposes. Essentially a release form gives a photographer or his clients the copyrights and right to use and sell your photos.
Release forms are a routine requirement for most photography sessions. For most types of modeling, you should not have any cause for concern about signing a release, but always read anything carefully before you sign it. When in doubt, ask your agency for advice. If you have a problem with having your photos published, then modeling is probably the wrong profession to be in.
I, _________________________ do hereby give to ________________(the Photographer), his or her assigns, licensees, successors in interest, legal representatives, and heirs the irrevocable right to use my name (or any fictional name), picture, portrait, or photograph in all forms and in all media and in all manners, without any restriction as to changes or alterations (including but not limited to composite or distorted representations or derivative works made in any medium) for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition, or any other lawful purposes, and I waive any right to inspect or approve the photograph(s) or finished version(s) incorporating the photograph(s), including written copy that may be created and appear in connection therewith.
I hereby release and agree to hold harmless the Photographer, his or her assigns, licensees, successors in interest, legal representatives and heirs from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of the photographs, or in any processing tending toward the completion of the finished product, unless it can be shown that they and the publication thereof were maliciously caused, produced, and published solely for the purpose of subjecting me to conspicuous ridicule, scandal, reproach, scorn, and indignity. I agree that the Photographer owns the copyright in these photographs and I hereby waive any claims I may have based on any usage of the photographs or works derived therefrom, including but not limited to claims for either invasion of privacy or libel. I am of full age and competent to sign this release. I agree that this release shall be binding on me, my legal representatives, heirs, and assigns.
I have read this release and am fully familiar with its contents.
Model: ___________________________ Signed: ________________
Date: ___________, 200 _____
Consent (if applicable)
I am the parent or guardian of the minor named above and have the legal authority to execute the above release. I approve the foregoing and waive any rights in the premises.
Witness: _____________________________ Signed: _________________
Parent or Guardian
Address: ______________________________ Address: ______________
Date: ___________, 200 ____