Photo Release Form

Photo Release Form

    It’s important to make sure that the rights of the photo subjects are respected. This is where a photo release form can come in handy. It is a document that allows photograph subjects to grant permission for the usage of photos for various purposes, such as publication, advertisement, or marketing. Here’s a photo release form that is downloadable, personalizable, and easy to use between photographer and subject. Feel free to use it for your photography.

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Part 1: What Is A Photo Release Form?

A photo release form, also known as a photography release form, like the video release form, is a legally binding contract between the photographer, business entity, or specified individual (the Releasee) on the one hand and the subject being photographed, the client commissioning the photography, or the owner of the subject being photographed (the Releasor) on the other.

Under the contract, the releasor is to authorize the releasee to use photographs for commercial or personal purposes in exchange for payment, royalties or benefits in other forms.

A release form ensures no grey areas when it comes to using images.

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As the creator of the work, it's important to make sure that you are very clear on all the key elements before you finalize a release. We have the resources that make it easy for photographers to craft an enforceable photo release form.

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Part 2: When Do You Need a Photo Release Form?

An image release form is required when the image will be utilized for commercial purposes, such as raking in money, promotion of services, or publication.

Without a photo release form, the individual or the owner of the property in the image may stake his or her claim to the revenue it brings.

Though a photo release form is not required when the picture is used in a news article, there may still be confusion regarding whether a picture is used for commercial purposes or journalistic purposes. Therefore, it’s necessary to state the license limit of the image in the photo release form.

Also, a photo release form becomes necessary if the individual or subject in the image is highly recognizable.

In general, it is a good idea to have a photo release form signed for any picture you click as a commercial photographer, to always be on the safe side.

Part 3: Types of Photo Release Forms

There are many types of photo release forms that vary in details, suitable for different scenarios, including:

Photo Release Form:

As a catch-all term for all types of release forms, the photo release form describes the relationship between the photographer and the client or the model. It details how the photos can be used and who will own the final work of photography.

It may also specify whether or not the photographer is granted the consent to use the pictures in his or her portfolio, if the client claims the ownership of the above-mentioned pictures.

Other requirements can be added in the photo release form as well, if agreed upon by the parties mentioned in the photo release form.

Model Release Form:

Signed between the photographer and the model, a model release form is a specific type of photo release form. It lays out the photographer’s rights to publish the images in any commercial space, or license the images to any third party.

Print Release Forms:

A photo print release form is an agreement required when one party (the client) wishes to print certain images. The photographer hereby grants the client print access to those images by signing the photo print release form. It shall outline how those photos can be used, who can use them, as well as the terms and conditions concerning the photo copyrights.

Without a print release form signed with the photographer, it may constitute a violation of law for the client to print out those photos.

This type of release form is optional, dependable on the what are the images intended for, like to be included in a company brochure or to be posted in an e-commerce website.

Photo Release Form for Minors:

When the subject of the photography is a minor, the aspect of the photo release form changes quite a bit.

This type of photo release form can only be valid when it is signed by the parent or guardian of the minor.

Photo Copyright Release Forms:

A photo copyright release form refers to a legally enforceable document that transfers all the rights of certain pictures from their owner to the client or publisher, authorizing the latter to copy, distribute, or use those pics for other purposes.

This type of release is often signed when it comes to non reusable photos such as branding product photo shoots or anything that may not bring the photo owner any extra benefits in the long term.

Part 4: What Should be Included In A Photography Release Form?

The common inclusions in a photo release form are:

Identification of the Photographer, the Model or Client:

A photo release form shall include the legal names contact information and signatures of all parties involved in the photography

Photography Description:

A photo release shall include a detailed description of the photo, likeness, or video covered within.

How long the photographer, business, or individual will retain the right to use the photo, likeness, or video

Rights to the Final Work:

The photo release form also describes who is going to own the photographs once taken. Furthermore, if the photographer grants license of the pictures to the client, the photo release form shall detail the length of the license as well as the license limit.

Consideration for the Model or Property Owner:

The photo release form may specify if the model or property owner is signing over his or her rights to the image, likeness, or video; or if there is any sort of payment being made to the model or the owner of the property in the photo to obtain the release, as well as the type of payment and the amount of payment. Whether the model shall receive royalties shall be explained also.

Download Our Photo Release Form Today!

As the creator of the work, it's important to make sure that you are very clear on all the key elements before you finalize a release. We have the resources that make it easy for photographers to craft an enforceable photo release form.

Create your photo release form in minutes using our free template!

Wrapping Up

Now you know all about photo release forms, who uses them, and why they are necessary. Time to personalize your own photo release at CocoSign's contract library!




I, ______________________, (“Releasor”) with a mailing address of ____________________________________________, grant permission and consent to:


______________________, (“Releasee”) for the use of the following photograph(s) as identified below for presentation under any legal condition, including but not limited to publicity, copyright purposes, illustration, advertising, and web content:



Describe Photo(s)

I. Payment (check one)


- $_____________ is accepted as payment for this release.


- I understand that there shall be no payment for this release.


II. Royalties (check one)


- I understand that there shall be royalties for the photographs used in the amount of _____________________________________________________________________.


- I understand that no royalty, fee, or other compensation shall become payable to me by reason of such use.


III. Revocation (check one)


- I understand that with my authorization below the photograph(s) may never be revoked.


- I understand that I may revoke this authorization at any time by notifying the Releasee in writing. The revocation will not affect any actions taken before the receipt of this written notification. Images will be stored in a secure location and only authorized staff will have access to them. They will be kept as long as they are relevant and after that time destroyed or archived.


We, the Releasor and Releasee, have understand and agree to the aforementioned terms and conditions.


Releasor’s Signature: _________________________________ Date ______________


Print Name: _________________________________


Releasee’s Signature: _________________________________ Date ______________


Print Name: _________________________________


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