When you take a portrait of a person, or when a person is recognizable in a picture, it’s necessary to provide the model release signed by the subject. This is the only way to use the image for commercial purposes. If we don’t have the release signed by the person, the image will be treated only as editorial or discarded.
Images of people are sold more than others but without a model release the image is not usable and licensable to clients and therefore the photographers have half chance to sell.
Subjects that always require the model release:
– portrait and close up of a person
– photos of people taken from the back
– person’s profile
– details of people having tattoos or identifiable skin signs like a beauty or injury mark
Also, if the image shows a person under the age of 18, parents have to guarantee for the minor.
Images that never need of model release are:
– Location without people
– Silhouette of the person
– Indistinct part of the body
– Crowd where people are not recognizable
Why do we need a model release? Because with a signed model release you, the agency and the buyers are protected from legal matters.