A model release is a written document signed by the photograph's subject, which states that he or she consents to be photographed and, more importantly, that the picture may be used for the purpose outlined in the release.
A model release is always required for any photograph portraying any recognizable person used for COMMERCIAL purposes. In general, a person will be considered recognizable if at least one other person (other than the person depicted in the photograph) can recognize the person portrayed in the picture.
This term refers to using a photograph in advertising, promotion, trade, or product endorsement.
Photographs of persons can be published without permission for uses that have been defined in the stock photography industry as "editorial use." This term refers to using a photograph to illustrate a factual article, a book, a news broadcast, a documentary, or a film, concerning a matter that is newsworthy or of public interest.
Images with model releases are indicated on our website. Many clients will do image searches using the filter "Only Model-Released."