Originally Posted by Bribabay93
I currently just got into modeling and I have only worked with 2 photographers. I was wondering how important it is to sign a model release form, the legal technicalities of it all, and how I can bring it up before a shoot? Does anyone have a good example of a standard form I could use?
Most photographers routinely provide a model's release to be signed by models they hire or work with TFP. There are many model releases on the web, but often a custom release will be created depending on the agreement reached between the model and photographer. I always try to get the release signed at the beginning of the shooting session and I also get a photograph of the model's IDs.
If no model release is signed, then the photographer basically may have a hard time using the photos for anything. The photographer does normally own the copyright to the photos even if there is no release, but that does not allow him to generally use the photos without the model's permission. That is why it is so important that the release be agreed upon and signed.
Also it is important for the model to get a release signed and that that release spells out what she can do with any photos she receives from the shoot.
Most of the time, when I hire a model, I send the model a copy of the release in advance so they can approve it or ask for changes if needed.
Hope this helps.