Free Model Release Form for Photographers

Free Model Release Form for Photographers

MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools have partnered to bring photographers a simple, free model release form to use with any and all of your clients and subjects.

Using a model release for each of your clients grants you permission to use their images on your website, blog or any other promotional materials.  It is also a great idea to keep a model release with you at all times, in case you happen to grab a picture somewhere and you think you may want to use it for your promo materials. Simply have your subject fill it out to protect your business.

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Legal Disclaimer: This document does not address every circumstance or possibility, and might not fit all of your needs exactly. Further, it is not intended as legal advice. MCP Actions and Photo Business Tools take no responsibility for the use of this form. Your use of this Model Release in no way creates an attorney-client relationship between you an MCP Actions or PhotoBusinessTools, or any other person or entity. Your situation is unique, and we are not aware of your particular circumstances, therefore we suggest that you contact a lawyer to discuss your circumstances, and verify that this Release fits your needs.

How to download this form:

All we ask is that you let others know about it. Then you can download, customize and use it.

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59 Comments

  1. Linda Bickford
    August 27, 2012 at 11:11 am — Reply

    I posted this to Pinterest and Facebook but how do I download the model release please.

  2. August 27, 2012 at 11:24 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for this!! As a beginner just starting my photography portion of my business I find this extremely valuable.

  3. August 27, 2012 at 11:59 am — Reply

    Do you have a release for parents of young children and for photos of families with young children?

    • August 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm — Reply

      It has some basic language to account for this. But we are just giving the one form away. There are probably sites that have more specific forms you can buy. I am not certain.

  4. Erin B
    August 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    Thank You!

  5. Christina
    August 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    THANK YOU!!

  6. Cristin Emrick
    August 28, 2012 at 6:21 am — Reply

    Thank you so much!

  7. Kim L
    August 28, 2012 at 9:28 am — Reply

    Thank you!

  8. August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    Doesn’t the first line in that Model Release state that there has to be some sort of consideration given to the model? Meaning that the model has to be given something of monetary value? I’m trying to get an understanding of this and recently read somewhere about not including that line. Just curious about your opinion when using this with a client.

  9. Michelle
    August 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    Thank you, as a newbie every little bit helps us out. Thank you!

    Michelle Laskowski

  10. August 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    thanks so much!

  11. Nizam
    September 16, 2012 at 5:02 am — Reply

    I believe this does not apply for all situations. Wouldn’t it be troublesome to get this signed from every vendor? Anyway, I thought the photographer has copyright over his photos.

  12. Noemi
    September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm — Reply

    I am going to begin to use model release forms for all of my future photoshoots. I have never had any problems in the past, but do I need a model release form to post pictures to my portfolio on my website? I’ve read i do not because I have a right to the photos, but I haven’t found any clear and direct answers.

    • Harold Smith
      April 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm — Reply

      From what I have read, if your photos include people and you are using the photos for profit, you should have model releases for all involved especially if the photos are taken in a closed setting (non-public) Private parties, weddings,etc. Better save than sorry. I too am just starting out and can’t afford any surprises. The link below will take you to a site where you can copy release forms
      http://asmp.org/tutorials/property-and-model-releases.html
      Good luck

  13. September 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this. As a new photographer, I have been looking for something simple that wasn’t totally confusing at the same time.

  14. September 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    Thanks Jodi

  15. September 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much!

  16. Teri V.
    September 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    Yea! Thank you. This is so concise!

  17. Marsha Connell
    September 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    I “pinned” to pinterest and posted on FB. thanks so much for the download.

  18. September 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the free form! I shared the link on facebook!

  19. Jen
    October 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    thank you! i am a photography student and my teachers had given me a booklet of forms to start out with but i ran out and it is so nice to have something i can print or e-mail to clients if they lost theirs and i won’t see them for a while! thanks again!!

  20. Angie
    December 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I have been looking for something like this and I will be putting this to good use!! I have acquired a problematic client and am about to drop them or they start signing this form! Thank you again!!

    • Angie
      December 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm — Reply

      Oh and I pinned this!

  21. Dawn
    December 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much! I had one but like this one better. 🙂

  22. January 5, 2013 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Thanks! I am starting to get everything together for this new year and this helps.

  23. sarah
    February 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    posted on pinterest thanks!!

  24. Suzanne
    February 8, 2013 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Thanks! I pinned it!

  25. February 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    Waiver is great, thank you for posting. We are a professional videography company in Halifax, NS and we’ve been using your waiver for a number of shoots now, A++!

  26. Jennifer N.
    March 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for this form!

  27. Julie
    March 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing!! Very helpful, seems to cover most situations that I would find myself in 🙂

  28. Pat
    April 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    Thank you!

  29. April 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Thanks you! Downloaded and shared. This is helpful because my standard portrait contract isn’t really suited for shoots I do that are more for me.

  30. April 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    Thanks, looking for a quick and easy for to use if I want to use pictures of people I take.

  31. April 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the form, I need quick forms to use for the pictures I take and want to make use of.

  32. Jim
    May 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    Shared on Facebook

  33. May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the form.It’s Better to CYA.

  34. Sarah (Miss Print Photography)
    May 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    Thank you for this! Have shared on my photography Facebook page.

  35. June 9, 2013 at 7:24 am — Reply

    Soooooo easy and editable!!! 30 years in business and I now have a great “company” release form.

  36. June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for your helpful information and amazing tools!!

  37. June 20, 2013 at 5:13 am — Reply

    How do I get it to fit of a 4′ x 6′ card for easier handling while on the go?

  38. June 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    You guys rock!!!!!!!. That’s why I keep coming back to your company. I love the fact that your actions are so easy to set download and use. Keep em comin. I am trying to find a good web company to use for my website would you be able to recommend one.

  39. July 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    Just posted to our photography club page with about 250 members. Thanks.

  40. August 30, 2013 at 8:50 am — Reply

    I needed a fast and easy model release form and MCP filled my need perfectly. Thank you so very much.

  41. September 2, 2013 at 10:09 am — Reply

    This is a great start for my business. You did mention that it may not be tailored for everybody’s needs. Also, I did see a cute little copyright C in the bottom right-hand corner.

    Am I restricted from editing this to suit my own needs? (Of course, I wouldn’t slap the “Photo Business Tools” name on there, as PBT would not be liable for the changes I chose.)

  42. September 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    There’s a typo…
    “and further, that I have am authorized and able”

    I think the have shouldn’t be there?

    Thanks for the document!

  43. November 10, 2013 at 7:54 am — Reply

    Having reasently looked into selling my photography. This is a big help. Thank you.

  44. November 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm — Reply

    Thank you very much for the info!

  45. November 15, 2013 at 12:47 am — Reply

    Posted to Facebook. Thanks for this!

  46. November 23, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Hello…I shared with Google+ but can’t seem to find a link to download. I clicked on everything I could click on and it takes me back to this page. Any suggestions as to what I need to do differently? Thank You.

    • November 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm — Reply

      It is underneath it when you click – where the box is. If you then clicked to download – it is likely in your downloads folder.

  47. December 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm — Reply

    Downloaded as a zip file and windows can’t open it!!! Very disappointed as I posted to facebook!! And now I still need to find a model release form!

    • December 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm — Reply

      windows should be able to unzip it as long as you have the proper unzipping/decompression software. We find 7zip and winzip work well. Hope that helps.

  48. January 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    Hi Jodi – thank you so much for this valuable form. Tweeted it and downloaded the form!

    Now one question though – in the last but one paragraph it reads:

    “….that I have am authorized and able to sign…”

    That does not sound right. Should that read…

    “….that I am authorized and able to sign…”

    Or perhaps it is some legalese that I don’t understand and is already correct? Please let me know.

    Thanks!

    SK

  49. February 25, 2014 at 9:49 am — Reply

    This is a very good source of a model release form. Thank you, so much.

  50. April 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    Thank you!

  51. April 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Is this still available? I am not seeing the download option in the text. Or maybe I’m looking in the wrong spot? I shared on FB.

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