Photo Release Forms

Our free photo release forms can be used as templates to customize your photography contracts when starting a photography business.

The sample model release on this page is tailored for the use of photographs of a Minor where the parents or legal guardians act on behalf of the child.

toddler in photo studio

Note: In paragraph 7. of our model release forms we provide space where sensitive issues can be addressed, specific locations / countries can be excluded or uses may be excluded.

For example: A Parent/Guardian may stipulate that the Model's image may never be used in conjunction with bullying at school or tobacco products. Similarly, if the Photographer intends to use the image in a campaign against child abuse (a sensitive issue) for example, that should be noted too.

Both Photographer and Parent/Guardian must initial where any additions or alterations are made by hand on your photo release forms.

Please refer to our main page on
Photography Contracts
for additional information and legal guidelines.

More Free Photo Release Forms:

We've created specific templates for use in:
Adult Photography
Group Photographs
Nude Photographs and
Photographs of Property.

Copyright Notice

Model Release Agreement for a Minor

The parties to this model release agreement are:


Physical Address: ___________________________________________

Telephone Number and Email Address: _______________________

(Hereinafter referred to as "the Parent/Guardian" and contracting on behalf of the Minor named below)


(Hereinafter referred to as "the Model")



Physical Address: ___________________________________________

Telephone Number and Email Address: _______________________

(Hereinafter referred to as "the Photographer")

Whereas for valuable consideration hereby acknowledged as received, the Parent/Guardian on behalf of the Model granted the Photographer permission to photograph and/or film and sound record the Model 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 either the Model or the Parent/Guardian.

2.    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.

3.    Permission herein granted is absolute and final and shall not be subject to further inspection or approval by either the Model or Parent/Guardian at any stage in the use of the Work.

4.    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.

5.    Use of the Work may be in conjunction with the Model's 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 Parent/Guardian warrants having read and understood this Model Release Agreement and warrants being the Parent or legally appointed Guardian of the Model, and being of legal age and competency and with every right to enter into an agreement on behalf of the Model.

9.    With full knowledge of the above, the Parent/Guardian acting on behalf of the Model hereby releases 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 Parent/Guardian agrees that the provisions contained herein shall be binding upon the Parent/Guardian and Model as well as their collective 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.

Signed at __________________ on this _____day of ___________________20____

Parent's/Guardian's Signature: _______________________________

Signed at __________________ on this _____day of ___________________20____

Photographer's Signature: _______________________________

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Photo Release Forms - Is It Illegal to Photograph Minors Without Permission?

toddler with camera

If the photo is taken in a public space, a photographer does not need permission from the parent or guardian. Incidentally, institutions such as a school or child care facility may restrict photography on their premises and the use of images without adult consent.

The real issue comes if or when the image is published.

The photographer has the legal right to use the image for editorial purposes, which may include social media. A photographer also has the right to use an image for artistic purposes. In these instances no written permission is required.

However, a child's image may not be used in a way so as to contravene child pornography laws!

And the same rules apply as for adults - a child's image may not be used for advertising or endorsements of any nature without written consent.

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

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