Workshop model release
Below is a copy of the model release that we use for the workshop. Note that it is a "Limited Release", not a "Full Release". Workshops generally use limited releases because models are not being compensated as much as if they were doing a commercial shoot. It would not be fair to expect a model to work for a group of photographers for less money than if they were doing a private or commercial shoot with just one photographer and give up the same amount of rights. The purpose of a workshop is to give photographers the opportunity to build a portfolio, develop a photographic style, and to get experience working with models - not to shoot stock photos. Also, for the model to get more modeling experience, add to her portfolio, and network with other photographers. This release gives the photographer the right to use photos taken at the workshop in their portfolio, and to use the photos for self-promotion, display, exhibition, and competition. Photographers may use workshop photos on their own web sites as part of their portfolio, but may not use them on a pay web site.
Please note that all our current models must agree to this release. Exact wording on model releases may vary from time to time. A full set of Model Releases is now included in the cost of the workshop and will be mailed out sometime after the workshop or posted online. If you wish to use any workshop photos for commercial use you may negotiate a deal with the model. I usually advise our workshop models not to sign full releases for photographers at the workshop without additional compensation.
Note, however, that models are encouraged to sign full releases for one-on-one personal sessions at the workshop and usually do so. The difference is that when doing a one-on-one session the model is being compensated at a higher rate and is granting rights to just one photographer, not the whole group of photographers. Some models may be unwilling to sign a full release, so it is generally a good idea to discuss it with the model before booking her for a private session if a full release is important to you.
In consideration of my engagement as a model, and for valuable consideration received, I hereby grant to all the photographers participating in this photography workshop on this day, the right and permission to copyright, and use, images of me or in which I may be included, for non-commercial use, including, but not limited to, self-promotion (including online portfolio), display, exhibition, and competition.
I hereby warrant that I am of full age and have the right to contract in my own name.
STANDARD MODEL RELEASE
In consideration of my engagement as a model, and for other good and valuable consideration herein acknowledged as received, I hereby grant to (insert your name here) ("Photographer"), his/her heirs, legal representatives and assigns, those for whom Photographer is acting, and those acting with his/her authority, and permission, the irrevocable and unrestricted right and permission to copyright, in his/her own name or otherwise, and use, re-use, publish, and re-publish photographic portraits or pictures of me or in which I may be included, in whole or in part, or composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations, in conjunction with my own or a fictitious name, or reproductions thereof in color or otherwise, made through any medium at his/her studios or elsewhere, and in any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, promotion, art, editorial, advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever. I also consent to the use of any printed matter in conjunction therewith.
I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve the finished product or products and the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.
I hereby release, discharge and agree to save harmless Photographer, his/her heirs, legal representatives and 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 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 thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.
I hereby warrant that I am of
full age and have the right to contract in my own name. I have read the
above authorization, release, and agreement, prior to its execution, and
I am fully familiar with the contents thereof. This release shall be
binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.