Sample Model Release

Our sample model release forms can be tailored for a variety of applications.

The photo release featured on this page is an abbreviated version of our other lengthier and more comprehensive forms which is also available on our site at no cost.

model release

One reason for having a shortened version of a photo release available is:

- Non-professional models who are not used to seeing a lengthy legal document may be overwhelmed by the terms in the agreement and therefore reluctant to sign it. They may be more amenable to signing a simpler permission and release form.

Although this shortened form does not cover all the provisions in detail as in our longer sample model release forms, it may still be better than not having a release at all.

Please refer to our main page on Photography Contracts for additional information and guidelines as well as links to a our lengthier model release forms for adults, minors, group photographs, nude photographs and property.

Copyright Notice

Photography Model Release

The parties to this release agreement are:


Address: ___________________________________________

Telephone and Email: ________________________________

(Hereinafter referred to as "the Model")



Address: ___________________________________________

Telephone and Email: ________________________________

(Hereinafter referred to as "the Photographer")

Whereas for valuable consideration hereby acknowledged as received, the Model granted the Photographer permission to photograph him/her and thereafter to use the photographs in whole or in part without restriction anywhere, in any medium, for any purpose and altered in any way. The Model releases the Photographer from all claims of liability relating to the use of the photographs. This permission and release shall be irrevocable and binding upon the Model's successors, legal representatives and assigns and shall accrue to the benefit of the Photographer's successors, legal representatives and assigns.

Notwithstanding the above, the following specific exclusions for use listed here shall take precedence and restrict the use of the photos accordingly:

Model's Signature: ___________________ Date: ____________________

Photographer's Signature: _______________ Date:___________________

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Note: Offering an opportunity for people to list exclusions or reservations may also contribute to their willingness to sign a release. It could also prevent the use - however unwittingly - of the photographs in a way which may be perceived as defamatory by the Model.

This sample model release and other free legal forms available on our site are made available for informational purposes only. Consult with an attorney to ensure your documents are complete and comply with the law in your jurisdiction.

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