Archive for Model & Property Releases

Locations, Locations, Locations

Posted: July 16th, 2015

I first met R. Richard Hobbs through ASMP nearly 20 years ago. At that time, he was already an experienced location scout/manager with a roster of available properties at his fingertips. Rich took some time out of his busy schedule scouting locations for films, TV shows and photo shoots to share his expert advice on [...]

ASMP App Support

Posted: July 13th, 2012

We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has taken the time to send us feedback on the new ASMP Releases app. We want to hear from you!  To make it easier, we’ve created a handy online form that lets you report bugs or request new features for both our Apps: ASMP Releases [...]

Why Am I Having Trouble Getting Releases Signed?

Posted: July 13th, 2012

[by Susan Carr] The reason is frequently that unreasonable requests are being made. Years ago I was working on a personal project that involved photographing friends in their home environments. I knew I would want to show this work in my portfolio and exhibit the work whenever possible. I had heard of model releases and [...]

Do You Really Need a Release?

Posted: July 12th, 2012

[by Judy Herrmann] Having given a number of seminars that cover Model & Property Releases, I’ve seen firsthand how much confusion and misinformation surrounds these important documents.  Here are 3 key points to remember about releases: You don’t need a signed release to take a photograph.  It’s how the photograph is used, not how it’s [...]

Releases for Professionals

Posted: July 11th, 2012

[by Richard Kelly] The ASMP model release has been an industry standard for decades. I remember photocopying the ASMP model release out of the ASMP Business Bible as an assistant member in the mid-1980’s.  In the early days of the world wide web, the ASMP posted model releases that photographers could use online at along [...]

Model & Property Releases : My Top Ten Favorite Quick Tips

Posted: July 10th, 2012

[by Shannon Fagan] #10: Get all releases signed before shooting and fill out all sections of the release.  Always. #9: If you aren’t using the new ASMP Releases app, scan your paper releases at 200ppi in full-color at actual size and archive them along with your image files. #8: Never leave home without PDF copies [...]

How to Avoid Getting Sued

Posted: October 27th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] We hear a lot about how photographers should use good paperwork and that’s true.  ASMP offers great resources on model & property releases, business forms (e.g. estimates, invoices, change orders, etc.) and terms & conditions.  But let’s face it. At the point where you’re relying on paperwork, you’re either suing someone or [...]

Paperwork Everyplace

Posted: September 7th, 2011

[by Jenna Close] Stash model and property releases in a variety of places, even if you have the iPhone app.  I keep extras in my glove compartment, my camping gear and every other bag, purse and lighting kit.  That way I will always triumph over dead batteries, a phone left in the car or plain [...]

Your Favorite Bookmarks…

Posted: August 18th, 2011

[by Judy Herrmann] This week, we are focusing on our contributors’ favorite bookmarks.  The places we go when we’re looking for information, inspiration, insights, training, time-saving tools and more; the bookmarks we find more valuable than the millions of other potential bookmarks that populate cyberspace.  And there are millions. Now that the vast majority of [...]

Would You Sign This?

Posted: September 10th, 2010

[by Richard Kelly] Getting the appropriate model releases from our subjects that appear in photographs for commercial use is what a “professional” does as part of the overall practice of business. The standard  adult release says, “…They have the irrevocable, perpetual and unrestricted right and permission to take, use, re-use, publish, and republish photographic portraits [...]

A Photographer’s Paperwork-Reduction-Act : Digitally Archiving Your Model/Property Releases

Posted: September 9th, 2010

[by Shannon Fagan] Earlier this year, I made a real spring-cleaning.  I mean a down and dirty grass-roots effort to digitally archive just about everything in my life.  And, as a result, I triple-backed-up not just my image archive, but also my file cabinet.  Sketchbooks, business cards, and seminar notes met old tax returns, contracts, [...]