We recommend that you use our standard model release (listed below):
If you choose to another release, try to include the following points for a stronger model release:
The model release should include a series of clauses to:
If the model is a minor the release should be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor and should always be required even if the model is a relative of the photographer.
The release should also be signed by a witness and also include the same contact details required from the model.
For a consent to be valid, it must be signed by someone who can understand what they are granting and who has the right to give the consent. Therefore the model release should be in a language that could be read and understood by the person giving the consent.
The Model Release Short Form is sometimes called a pocket release. We consider this release to be especially appropriate for travel/street photographers taking photos of people in public places, where the alternative to this pocket release might be no release at all. Whenever you can, you should try to get a model release as this can make the difference between selling the image or not. Although these subjects are not obliged to sign a model release as they are not being paid to be photographed, if you are friendly and ask nicely, they might be willing to sign it for you.