There seems to be some confusion over the use of copyright vs. photo release forms in photography.
Ultimately, the photographer owns the copyright to his or her photos and offers a release to the client. The release form clearly states how the client can and cannot use the images. This is to help preserve the rights of both the photographer and the client.
Jeremy Bustin Photography offers a photo release form that authorizes his clients to use and print their touched up photos. Any client can request the release form at any time.
Headshot sessions are our most common service. The release form authorizes the actor or professional to use his or headshots for submission (electronic or traditional) on websites, social media, business cards and other branding efforts, as well as printing the images. It also authorizes their agent to use the image(s) to submit for casting projects and to promote their latest projects.
The release form does not give the client (or their agent or manager) permission to:
- Edit or make any changes to the touched up images without the photographer’s permission (Jeremy Bustin Photography’s images have a consistent look and any unapproved changes could misrepresent the brand).
- Use the images for commercial use, including but not limited to: Selling to third parties (Shutterstock, etc.).
- Use for advertising services.
- Using for publicity purposes (such as publicity or press photos for celebrities, authors, politicians, etc.).
- A publicity release should be separately discussed with the photographer in the event a client wishes to use an image for these purposes.
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