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What is a photo release form?

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A photo or model release form is a legal document used to secure permission to publish pictures of individuals (including children) as well property such as buildings. Whether the image is for a small website or a multi-million dollar advertising campaign, a signed photo release form allows the photographer to freely use the image without any legal repercussions.

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Professional photographers are advised to have printable versions of photo consent forms with them at all times. The subject of a photograph may verbally consent to the photo being used, but a proof of agreement will be needed in the event the subject changes their mind after publication. A model release form may also stipulate the compensation allotted to the photographer or model.

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