Download Model Release Template(PDF)

This is a general model release form for models 18+. Please note that depending where you live, model compensation (TFP, TFCD, monentary compensation) may be required for the contract to be binding, which should be covered on another contract/recipt/work order.

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Comment by Victor Ciambelli
2007-03-24 03:28:18

Great idea!

Comment by Eddie
2007-03-31 17:21:16

You Guys are awesome to give vital information to help assist photographers!

Comment by Jacob
2007-04-12 12:45:18

This is very good, thank you. What about the release form for minors (less than 18)?

Comment by Gary Bland
2007-05-02 07:10:18

Thank you for the model contract. I have used a watered down contract for several years, this one is much better!

Comment by Admin
2007-10-25 12:57:37

how nice your site is
thanks for the information you provided

Comment by Eric Subscribed to comments via email
2009-06-10 01:31:02


Thanks for the sharing your info.

Just wondering, the contract state well the protection for the photographer, but, for the stand point of the model, how could this contract be modified so that the photo can’t be used in conjunction with violating the models reputation, for example a photo used but published under pornographic manner.

Thanks :)

Comment by Jess Subscribed to comments via email
2011-03-09 03:13:02

I am wondering about this as well. No model with any kind of experience is just going to sign all of her rights away…

Comment by katieDAMRONpotter Subscribed to comments via email
2011-08-03 04:54:38

no model will ever GET any experience if she never signs a release… i’ve probably signed at least 1500 of them… am i screwed? hellz no… read what you sign

Comment by katieDAMRONpotter Subscribed to comments via email
2011-08-03 04:55:42

this contract cannot be modified for porn or any adult work – for that, you MUST have the model fill out a 2257 (adult work for web & video) – verifies the age, identity and outlines the terms of the specific project.

Comment by Ryan Subscribed to comments via email
2009-09-07 09:51:40

I just wanted to say thanks for the great template! I’ll pay you back in kind with a link from my photoblog.

Comment by mike
2009-09-22 02:01:21

Beyond understanding how to read it, it’s also important to understand why and when do we need the model release form .
I just finished my own research on the topic, and from what i understand, by law, we are only required to use it when the photo intended for commercial use, but to be on the safe side, it is recommended to always sign one. it’s a waiver from future “troubles”.
there is the short standard version for the form (as published here : model release explained ), but sometimes you will need something more specific to the task, and should change it to cover the occasion .

hope i helped.

Comment by Douglas Subscribed to comments via email
2009-12-14 15:26:28

where can I find out which states/provinces require compensation for a model release to be valid, specifically BC Canada? Thanks

Comment by Julian
2010-06-02 02:53:03

nice… thanks for sharing

Comment by Whitney
2010-06-25 04:34:15

This info is great – thanks. I’m kind of new to this…quick question: can you sell prints of photos that you also sell digitally to stock photography sites? Thanks!

Comment by rhiza Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-12 04:23:36

gish i want 2 be a model:(

Comment by katieDAMRONpotter Subscribed to comments via email
2011-08-03 04:53:41

keep in mind that with a lot of these talent releases, you may also need additional releases such as property releases, 2257s, permission for web distribution, identity verification forms, contracts…

… i work on both sides of the lens and heh, be careful and ALWAYS READ WHAT YOU SIGN!


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