A photo release form allows an individual or photographer to obtain consent from the other party in order to use photographs for personal or commercial use. The releasing party, the “releasor,” can choose to give away the rights to the images for free or charge a fee or royalty. In the case where there is payment involved, the rights of ownership to the images do not become final until the payment has been made and the release form has been authorized.
Daycare Release Form – Gives consent from a parent or legal guardian to use photos of their child. The images may be used internally or for commercial use.
Employee Photo Release Form – Gives consent to an employer to use an employee’s photo for commercial use such as an “About” page on the company’s website or for marketing purposes.
Minor (Child) Photo Release Form – Give consent to a third (3rd) party to use the photos of their child. Common for school photos but can also be used for professional purposes.
Model Photo Release Form – Can be used by a photographer giving consent to the model for use of the photos or from a model to give consent to the photographer.
Pet Photo Release Form – Gives a third (3rd) party the right to use images taken of their pet.
Photography Copyright Release Form – Allows for the “copyright” or “trademark” images or letters to be removed from any photos taken by a photographer. This is common for school or photos.
Video Release Form – Allows someone else to have the consent to use any video that was taken of an individual for personal or commercial use.
How to Write
Step 2 – The releasor must begin filling in the form by supplying the following information:
- Name of releasee
- Description of photo(s)
Step 3 – Here, the releasor must select one of the available options to indicate whether or not there is to be payment for the released photo(s). If there will be payment for the released photo(s), the amount should also be provided.
Step 4 – In “Royalties,” the releasor must choose one of the options to specify whether or not there will be a royalty payment for the released photo(s). If the releasor requests royalties for the photo(s), he/she must specify the amount.
Step 5 – Next, the releasor must indicate whether or not they will be able to revoke the rights to their photo(s) once released.
Step 6 – This final step requires both the releasor and the releasee to supply their signature and printed name before entering the signatory date.