FAQs: Why Should I Use a Model Release Form?

Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening.
Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening.

One of the questions we get asked regularly is, “Why do I have to get a fully completed model release form?”

The short answer: it not only protects the person being photographed from any unauthorized use of their image, but it protects you from legal action in the future, if the image is used for a business purpose.

The long answer: check out this posting by the American Society of Media Photographers (a great resource in general, by the way).

TIP: Always carry a couple of hard copies of the form in your camera bag, so that you’ll have one ready when the moment strikes!

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