Model Release Forms

Our free model release forms are drafted with a variety of uses in mind.

The model release featured on this page is intended for photographing multiple adult models or subjects in the same photograph. The form therefore makes provision for multiple names and signatures.

cell photo

Do You Need a Model Release for Groups of People at an Event

  • Not all group photographs will need a signed release. If the persons are not easily identifiable no release is necessary.
  • If they can be identified but the image is not used in a way that can be seen as an endorsement of or association with something or someone, then generally speaking, a release will not be needed either. This is typically the case where a photographer uses an image for his/her portfolio.
  • Similarly, photographs of recognizable people or property need no release if used for editorial purposes such as newspapers, magazines etc.

It's not in the taking of the photograph where the issue may be, but what the photographer will be using the image for afterwards!

And this is what the model release is for. It's an agreement where the person being photographed grants permission to the photographer (or publisher) to use the image commercially or however else specified.

The onus for having the required model release forms in place will be on the publisher, but photographers can make their images more commercially usable by having signed releases.

For additional legal guidelines and templates please visit our main page on Photography Contracts

The following links will take you to more free model release forms for specific instances:
Group Photographs
Nude Photographs and
Photographs of Property

Copyright Notice

Model Release Agreement

The parties to this release agreement are:

The models who are identified individually at the end of this agreement.

(Hereinafter collectively referred to as "the Models")


Names: _______________________________________

Physical Address: ________________________________

Telephone and Email: _____________________________

(Hereinafter referred to as "the Photographer")

Whereas for valuable consideration hereby acknowledged as received, the Models granted the Photographer permission to photograph and/or film and sound record the Models and furthermore grant permission to use the resulting work ("the Work") according to the terms stated hereunder:

1. Any permission granted to the Photographer shall extend to his/her successors, legal representatives, licensees and assigns and shall be irrevocable and perpetual without any further or additional claim for compensation by the Model.

2. Use of the Work shall be unrestricted as to location, quantity or frequency, may be for any purpose and in any medium whatsoever, whether foreseen or unforeseen at this time, except where such use is in contravention of the law.

3. Permission is specifically granted for the Work to be edited, altered, distorted, used in whole or in part, in conjunction with other images, graphics, text and sound in any way whatsoever and without restrictions.

4. Permission herein granted is absolute and final and shall not be subject to further inspection or approval by the Models at any stage in the use of the Work.

5. Use of the Work may be in conjunction with the Models' own or fictitious names.

6. The Photographer shall own all rights in the Work which shall accrue to the benefit of his/her successors, legal representatives and assigns.

7. Notwithstanding the above, the following uses are specifically noted and agreed to, and specific exclusions for use listed here shall take precedence and restrict the use of the Work accordingly:

8. The Models warrant having read and understood this Model Release Agreement and warrant being of full legal age to enter into an agreement.

9. With full knowledge of the above, the Models hereby release and shall hold harmless the Photographer and his/her successors, legal representatives, licensees and assigns from all claims or damages including but not limited to defamation or violation of right of privacy or publicity, resulting from or associated with the use of the Work.

10. The Models agree that the provisions contained herein shall be binding upon the Models and their successors, legal representatives and assigns.

11. This Agreement shall be construed, interpreted and governed in accordance with the laws of the State of ___________ and should any provision of this Agreement be judged by an appropriate court as invalid, it shall not affect any of the remaining provisions whatsoever.

12. The parties agree that any or all parts of this agreement may be submitted to the other party in legible and recordable electronic form and upon acknowledgement of receipt by the receiving party shall become valid parts of the agreement.

13. The Models confirm their signatures below as being their affirmation of this Agreement.

Full Names _____________________________
Email _____________________________
Telephone _________________________

Signature _____________________Date ______________


Full Names _____________________________
Email _____________________________
Telephone _________________________

Signature _____________________Date ______________


Full Names _____________________________
Email _____________________________
Telephone _________________________

Signature _____________________Date ______________


Full Names _____________________________
Email _____________________________
Telephone _________________________

Signature _____________________Date ______________


Full Names _____________________________
Email _____________________________
Telephone _________________________

Signature _____________________Date ______________


Signed at __________________ on this ___day of _________________20___

Photographer's Signature: _______________________________

* * *

Note: In paragraph 7. of our model release forms we provide space for exclusions. It's really intended for the exclusion of sensitive uses though, and you may want to discuss any reservations your models may have before the shoot. Both Photographer and Models must initial where any additions or alterations are made by hand.

Does One Need Model Release Forms for Street Photography

A person in a public space has no resonable right to privacy, so you do not need a release for taking photographs of people in public.

street scene with mural and group of people

NOTE: You need to be cognizant that although some places may be regarded as public e.g. a restaurant or wedding venue or nursery school playground, you may need to get permission from the owners of the establishment to take photographs.

All our model release forms are provided as sample documents and are intended for informational purposes only. A lawyer in your jurisdiction is best equipped to advise on specific legal matters.

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