Model Release Form


★ Important document for photographers and videographers

★ Use your images or video for commercial purposes

★ Protect yourself from liability and licensing claims

★ Peace of mind that your business is legally protected

★ Complete our Model Release Form template in under 2 minutes

What is a Model Release Form?

A Model Release Form is a contract which gives a photographer or videographer permission to use images or video of a model. It gives them commercial rights to use the photos or video for promotion, advertising or resale.

By signing the form, the model “releases” the rights. This means the model acknowledges and agrees that the artist can do anything they would like with the content, including publish, republish, distribute, edit or change the images or recordings.


Do I need to have this?

Yes, absolutely! This is one of the most important legal documents for a photographer or videographer, along with your Photography Contract.

It’s important to always get a signed release form prior to shooting, regardless of whether the model is paid or unpaid.

Even if you don’t have any plans to license the photos, an opportunity may present itself well after the shoot. To prevent any future issues, make it a standard practice to get the model release form signed prior to shooting.

If you don’t get a signed release form, you won’t own the rights to the photographs or video, which means you can’t publish them on your website, sell them commercially or otherwise use them.


What does this template include?

Our template covers everything you need:

★ Parties

★ Permission

★ Assignment of Copyright

★ Purpose of use

★ Indemnity

★ Terms for Minors


Do I only need this for paid models?

No, a “model” can be any person featured in the photographs or video. If you want to use the content later on for promotion or commercial purposes, make sure you get a signed release form, otherwise they could make a legal claim against you in the future.


Is a Model Release the same thing as a Photo Release?

No, they are different.

As we mentioned, a model release is signed by the talent so the photographer can license or use the image. On the other hand, a photo release form is a document signed by the photographer and given to the client so they can print copies of the work (i.e. portraits, headshots, or wedding photos, etc.).

Who is this for?

★ Photographers

★ Videographers

★ Artists

★ Creatives

★ Anyone who uses photography for a commercial purpose that identifies people.

Why You Need This

Get the legal rights to the images or video you create

If you intend to use your images or videos for commercial purposes, you need to get a signed release form from the model before you shoot

Avoid Risk

This contract will help you to avoid risk and limit your liability. It includes an Indemnity clause which releases you from any claims that may arise in the future.

Protect your business and assets

As the old saying goes, plan for the best and prepare for the worst.

You never know what will happen in the future, but it is vital that you have a contract in place to protect everything you have worked hard for.

How does it work?

Our process is designed to be as easy as possible – you could be up and running in as little as 5 minutes.

1.  Select the Model Release Form template in the Shop and click Add To Cart.

2.  Proceed to Checkout and complete your purchase.

3.  You will receive an email with a download link immediately after you have completed your purchase.

4.  Open the document in MS Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!


Can I customise the templates beyond editing the fields?

Our templates come in Word format, so yes you can if you want. Feel free to add your logo and change the font to reflect your brand.

We do not recommend you change the wording (apart from the fillable fields) as this can affect the legal protections contained in the document.


What if the law changes and my templates become outdated?

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. So please ensure you keep us updated if your email address changes.

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