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Basic Advice for Amateur and Beginning Models:
Model Release: Minor (No Compensation)
Model releases can vary from one agency or photographer to another. There are also
differences between releases for minors, which require the signature of a parent or legal
guardian, and those for a legal adult, which require only the model's signature.

Sometimes, a photographer pays a model (typically if the model is already well known and
the photographer isn't).  But more often, the model pays the photographer.

In some cases, the model and photographer will make a "Time For Prints" agreement, or
TFP.  In a TFP, the model agrees to pose (time) and usually agrees to cover basic
expenses of the shoot.  In exchange, the photographer gives the model copies of the
shoot (prints).  Traditionally, prints were literal photographic prints, but now may be in the
form of images stored on a CD or sent to the model via email.

We usually shoot TFP.  Below is the form we most often use for a model who is a minor.  
It's also available as a RTF file (Rich Text Format), which is recognized by almost all
computers and printers.  (In some cases, you may have to slightly reformat the page for
your system).

Note that this is provided for general information, and we cannot make any claim as to the
legal validity of any forms in the United States of America or any other country.  

You may freely print and use the form below for personal use.
In consideration of the engagement as a model of the minor named below,  I hereby grant the
following rights and permissions to ____________________ ("Photographer"), his/her legal
representatives and assigns, those for whom Photographer is acting, and those acting with his/her
authority and permission.

They have the absolute right and permission to take, use, reuse, publish, and republish photographic
portraits or pictures of the minor or in which the minor may be included, in whole or in part, or
composite or distorted in character or form, taken at any time, without restriction as to changes or
alterations from time to time, in conjunction with the minor's own or a fictitious name, or reproductions
of such photographs in color or otherwise, made through any medium at Photographer's studios or
elsewhere, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, including the Internet, for art,
advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever. I also consent to the use of any published matter
in conjunction with such photographs. I shall not ask of the Photographer or any person acting on
his/her behalf any compensation for granting this privilege.

I specifically consent to the digital compositing or distortion of the portraits or pictures, including
without restriction any changes or alterations as to color, size, shape, perspective, context,
foreground or background. I waive any right that I or the minor may have to inspect or approve any
finished product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection
such photographs or the use to which it may be applied.

I release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless and defend Photographer, his/her legal
representatives or assigns, and all persons acting under his/her permission or authority or those for
whom he/she is acting, from any liability by virtue of any reason in connection with the making and use
of such photographs, including blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite
form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or
in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication of them, including without limitation
any claims for libel or violation of any right of publicity or privacy.

I hereby warrant that I am a legal competent adult and a parent or legally appointed guardian of the
minor, and that I have every right to contract for the minor in the above regard. I state further that I
have read the above authorization, release, and agreement, prior to its execution, and that I am fully
familiar with the contents of it. This release shall be binding upon the minor and me, and our
respective heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.

Parent or Legal Guardian ______________________________     

Parent or Legal Guardian ______________________________     

Minor’s Signature (if age 13 or older)  ______________________________     

Model’s Name _________________________         Address (Line 1) _________________________

                                                                          Address (Line 2) _________________________

Date _________________________                       Phone _________________________
Form provided by Loveshade Photos
Model Release: Minor (No Compensation)
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Model Release as rtf
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Model Release as rtf
(Rich Text Formatting)
for free download.