As every stock photographer knows, a model release is required for photos with identifiable people depicted, in order for buyers to use the photo commercially. But most importantly it protects the photographer and buyer from several legal issues.
If the person in the photo is underaged, it is important that a parent or guardian sign the release, in addition to a separate person being the witness.
A common misconception is that the parent or guardian can also be the witness. If mum is the person filling in the release and signs on behalf of the child, mum can’t be the witness. There is no further requirement that the witness needs to be associated with the child. Dad can be the witness, but so can also a photo assistant or stylist at the photo shoot.
Model Releases Made Easy
For more information about model releases, and how to submit them, see this helpful article from Shutterstock’s blog: