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

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

  2. Niki Bradley on August 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

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

  3. Sonia Keeling on August 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

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

    • Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on August 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      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 on August 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Thank You!

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


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

    Thank you so much!

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

    Thank you!

  8. Ron P on August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    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 on August 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

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

  10. Susan on August 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    thanks so much!

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

    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 on September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    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 on April 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      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 luck

  13. Lisa Anderson on September 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    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. Tonesha on September 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks Jodi

  15. Karen on September 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you so much!

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

    Yea! Thank you. This is so concise!

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

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

  18. Sonia on September 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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

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

    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 on December 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    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!!

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

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

  22. James on January 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

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

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

    posted on pinterest thanks!!

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

    Thanks! I pinned it!

  25. Matt Thompson Productions on February 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    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. on March 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you so much for this form!

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

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

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

    Thank you!

  29. christie on April 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    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. Georgianns Simpson on April 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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

  31. Georgianns Simpson on April 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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

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

    Shared on Facebook

  33. Brian Hines on May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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

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

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

  35. Nick (Gargala Photography) on June 9, 2013 at 7:24 am

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

  36. kate on June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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

  37. Alan Goldberg on June 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

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

  38. mary on June 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    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. Shane Lynch on July 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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

  40. Ken Murphy on August 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

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

  41. Racehel on September 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

    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. Daniel on September 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    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. Paul on November 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

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

  44. Brandy on November 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you very much for the info!

  45. Sean O'Shea on November 15, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Posted to Facebook. Thanks for this!

  46. Judy on November 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

    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.

    • Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on November 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      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. Tess on December 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    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!

    • Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on December 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      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. Sam K on January 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    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. Pashminu Mansukhani on February 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

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

  50. Sarah Thornington on April 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you!

  51. tessa on April 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    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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