Photography Question – Making a Contract!

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Hi, one more quick question for you. 🙂 I was wondering if you had a lawyer write up your contracts that you have clients sign. I developed my contract by reading every photography contract I could find on the internet and I pieced together my own. Then, I had my brother-in-law (who’s a lawyer) look it over to make sure I wasn’t missing something incredibly important. After I completed it, I kept changing/updating the contract because new things come up and I’m learning as I go.

I thought of another one…do you have a contract for people to sign asking permission to put there photo’s on your a model release contract? For 2007 I explained in the consultation that I reserved the right to use any image, at any time, for any purpose but, for 2008 I’ll have all clients sign a model release so that I can put images on and other websites. I’m planning on expanding this year by making images to available to companies/graphic artists and the rules are pretty strict.

I don’t know if you’d be interested in doing the same but, here are the guidelines:

Model Release:

  1. All photographs where an identifiable human face is present require a model release. There are no exceptions.
  2. If the photograph is of a minor (a child under the age of 18), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  3. If the photo is of the photographer (a self portrait), a model release is still required.
  4. A model release should be uploaded with each file. If you’re uploading successive shots of the same model, the model release should be uploaded with each shot.
  5. A valid witness signature must appear on the model release. It must be someone other than the photographer.

Note: iStock does not accept digitally created or digitally signed model releases (this includes using script fonts as signatures, e-signatures and scanning signatures and then pasting into the model release).

I hope this is helpful…keep those questions coming.

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