The Importance of a Release Form

 

I will be shooting quite a few weddings this season and I plan to use the images on my social media pages. Is it necessary for me to ask the couples to sign a release form in addition to a verbal agreement?
Rohan Trivedi, New Delhi, via email

This article was originally published in November 2014.

Wedding photographs are extremely personal for couples, and they may not always be comfortable with the images being used online. Discuss this with your clients, and irrespective of a verbal agreement, ensure that you have a written agreement about the terms of usage. One way of obtaining a written agreement is to insert a clause in your initial wedding photography contract, explaining the use of the images on your various social media pages.

People cherish their wedding pictures and it is always best to be transparent about the usage of their images. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

People cherish their wedding pictures and it is always best to be transparent about the usage of their images. Photograph/Raj Lalwani

On the other hand, some photography contests makes the submission of a model release form a necessary part of the entry. In that case, you should ask your clients to sign a separate model release contract.

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