The Images You'll Get and What You Can Do With Them

Circumstances allowing, I share the following with my models:

A full set her shoots' images (minus those out-of focus, unlit, etc...), minimally developed at 1024 resolution. These are for previewing and self-evaluation as a model only. These are not to be shared.

A full set of all 'select' images (my personal favorites from a shoot), fully developed at 2048 resolution, and post-processed to whatever degree I find appropriate. These are also meant for preview, not sharing. Models wishing to share any of these online should ask permission first. Unless I have a specific reason not to, I'll normally allow it.

Full-resolution and web-resolution images of all final art I make from a shoot. (I've hunted down models five years after a shoot to deliver updated versions of their photos.) These can be shared freely, printed and hung on your wall or given as gifts, used in print and online portfolios, used for model's promo cards - any noncommercial use. For any commercial use, just ask permission. I'm pretty easy-going.

My Own Use of Images

I reserve the absolute right to add our most beautiful images to the portfolio I keep on my personal devices and to show them in person, and make prints and wall art for personal use and art gallery sales.

I allow my models a great deal of control over how their images are shared online, especially when they involve any kind of artistic nudity or eroticism. Be aware, however, that the model release allows me very broad use of the images I take, protects me in the unlikely case that I use them in a way you don't want, and only limits me from using them with the intent to harm your reputation - something that it is not in my character to do in any case. 

Model’s Release

For my own legal protection, I require two things from a model before we can start shooting: 

  • 1. her signature on a document releasing me from legal liability resulting from shooting, and
  • 2. a photo of her driver’s license serving as proof that she was of legal age to sign the release. 

(Models below the age of 18: you can still shoot with me. I will require either a parent's signature, or a promise to give her signature once she comes of legal age. In the latter case, I'll deliver only low-resolution copies and restrict my own use of the pictures until I receive her signature after her 18th birthday.)

Below is the text of the model's release I'll ask you to sign at the start of our shoot. It is based on the standard releases recommended by the American Society of Media Photographers.

Please read it before arriving for our first shoot, so as not to waste valuable shooting time.

Text of My Model’s Release

On the left is the actual text in legalese, on the right and darker, the English translation.

I, Full Name Here, for the consideration received of being engaged as a model, hereby acknowledge that this document constitutes a binding contract between myself and Sans Talbot (hereafter "The Photographer"), and that I agree to the terms stipulated herein.

This contract regulates the ownership and use of any and all still, motion, or other recordings of my visual and audible likeness and of derivative works based thereupon (hereafter "The Content"), taken by The Photographer of me, on any date, for all lawful purposes, subject to the terms and conditions described below.

This contract shall inure also to the benefit of the heirs, legal representatives, direct or indirect licensees and assigns of The Photographer, as well as the person(s) or other parties for whom he/she created The Content, and shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.

I hereby grant to The Photographer permission to capture my likeness in still photography, video, or any other medium.

I understand and hereby agree that The Content may be altered or modified by The Photographer in any manner, and hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect and approve a finished product or the copy that may be used in connection with The Content.

I hereby grant to The Photographer the absolute and irrevocable right and unrestricted permission to use, reuse, publish, and republish The Content in whole or in part, individually or in connection with other material, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including the internet, and for any purpose whatsoever, specifically including illustration, promotion, art, editorial, advertising, and trade, and to use my name in connection with any use if he/she so chooses.

I release and discharge The Photographer from any and all claims and demands that may arise out of or in connection with the use of The Content, including without limitation any and all claims for libel or violation of any right of publicity or privacy, or any other form of damage, foreseen or unforeseen, associated with their use.

I affirm that all poses, positions and situations enacted in The Content were entered into without force, coercion, or threat whatsoever. I agree to hold The Photographer blameless and free of all accusation of such force or coercion.

If given permission to use any of The Content for personal use or
self-promotion, I understand that full copyrights remain with the Photographer.

I understand that The Photographer has the moral right to be identified as the author of The Content when they are presented to the public, and agree to communicate this understanding to publishers, designers and other third parties that act on my behalf.

I agree that with the exception of cropping, and of resizing where the aspect ratio of the image is not altered, The Content shall not be altered or distorted in any way by myself or those acting on my behalf, without the explicit and specific permission of The Photographer.

I am of legal age and have the full legal capacity to execute this authorization without the consent or knowledge of any other person. I have read this document and fully understand its contents, and by my signature, hereby agree to them.

This is a contract between you and me.

It relates to all photos, videos, and other media I take of you.

It also applies to our heirs and representatives.

It lets me take your pictures.

It lets me retouch and alter your pictures.

It lets me use your pictures.

It protects me from lawsuits related to taking, modifying, or using your pictures.

You acknowledge that I didn't force you to model.

You acknowledge that I retain the copyrights to the pictures.

You agree to give me attribution when you post my photos.

You agree not to modify my pictures except for cropping and resizing.

You affirm that you're legally able to enter into this contract, and that, by signing it, you do so.

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