Model release

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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:53PM

Hi, my name is John and I am new to istockphoto. I have never gotten a model release before and don't have any forms. I thought istockphoto would have a form I could download, but wasn't able to find any such thing on the site. When I googled "model release" it showed me an istockphoto form at some kind of istockphoto document site. I was able to download the model release, but can't seem to access the documents site to see what else might be useful, such as a property release. How does one get to this site to see what is available?

Also, when reading the model release requirements, it almost sounds like you need a separate model release for every photo of a given person. Is that true? If I have a dozen photos of my wife that I would like to submit taken at different times over the last 3 years, do I really need 12 different model releases?
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:57PM
Hi John,

There's a lot of good info here:

iStockers FAQ - Newbies Start Here (and say hello!)

Model release FAQ

MR article

The releases themselves (talent release, property release and model release) are available to download from the file upload page:

Here is a direct link to the model release: iStock Model Release - pdf

Have a read through and let us know if you have any questions. Essentially though no, you don't need a different release for each photo, but the description must be sufficiently clear. So a simple "Woman in studio wearing various summer dresses, office clothing and bikini whilst ironing" etc should cover it. Just make sure that any potentially risqué poses or outfits are described.

But releases can only cover a limited time - think days not weeks. If you have a dozen shots of your wife taken over several years then yes, you would need a new release for each of them, describing the action and showing the shoot dates. Full info is in the article linked above.

(Edited on 2013-02-01 18:22:53 by kelvinjay)
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013 8:23PM
Thanks, Kelvin. I'm off to a really slow start for about a dozen reasons, so I will be easing in like a swimmer dipping a toe in icy cold water.
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