Model and Property Release

Model releases Take 2 Minutes

Why get a model release?

The model release allows your photo to be used by businesses and creatives commercially which means that they are available for more variety of projects. If you are unable to get the model release, we can still use your image and define it as an editorial image. 

How do I get the model release?

After you upload and submit your images in the portal, you will have the chance either: 

A. Copy the link for the model release and send it to the models


B. Receive a copy of the model release in your email and forward it to the people/models in the photos

If I'm the photographer, do I need to sign a model release for myself?

Yes. If you are the photographer and you appear in your own image, you will need to fill out our short form and sign a model release for yourself. Submit here:

Will I be notified when my models sign the release?

No. But if your model releases aren't completed, we'll try to reach out to you via DM or email to let you know what has been signed and who you need to send a reminder to. It's best to ask models to inform you when they sign the release. We have an easy link you can copy and send. Submit here:

What is a model?

A model is anyone that appears in your photos, including you! Each model has to fill out one model release in order to maximize your photo submission and have a better chance of getting scoped out. Submit here:

How many model releases do I need to fill out if I’m the only person in the photos?

Please fill out one model release for yourself each time you submit, unless the photos of you from all submissions are from the same shoot. Submit here:

What is a model release?

A model release is a legal agreement that allows photographers the ability to license images of other people. If you appear in a photograph that a photographer is trying to license (and you are recognizable in the image), you will need to sign a model release for it. And if you're a photographer, you'll need to get all of your models to sign releases. If you are a photographer and you appear in your own images, you will need to sign a model release for yourself. Submit here:

How many model releases does a model need to sign?

Each separate model needs to sign one model release per shoot. If you have separate shoots with the same model, have them fill one out for each shoot. Submit here:

How do I access the model release? Do I need to get a copy online?

We provide the model release for you so that it's an easier process. After you finish uploading your photos and click submit, we'll create a special model release page just for you where you can view the images you submitted send out releases to your friends to sign. Your browser should automatically refresh to this page. 

Make sure you create a bookmark of this page so you can go back to it later. If you lose track of your special model release link, just email Submit here:

Who signs a model release?

Recognizable people in images should sign model releases if the photographer is trying to license or publish photographs of them.

You might need to sign multiple model releases if you appear in more than one photo. 

If you're the photographer and you appear in your own images, you will also need a model release. Submit here:

My friends aren’t models. Do I need to have them sign a model release?

Yes, they would need to sign a model release. In this case, model simply refers to a photo’s subject — not just those Gisele Bündchen types. Submit here:

Do I need a model release if I submit photos of my child (or if someone else does)?

Yes, we would need a model release for your child if you or someone else submitted photos of them. You will be able to fill out a model release using their name and information. Since we need your consent as a parent or guardian, please don't forget to add your signature at the end to give permission to sell their photos. Submit here:

My model does not want to sign a release. What should I do?

You can submit images that are not model released, but they can only be published with little uses. In this case, we suggest also submitting images of people who do agree to sign a release. This will increase your chances of being published and paid for your hard work. Submit here:

How do photographers and models sign the model release?

Like the licensing agreement, the model can access the model release online through our web-based submission portal. Submit here:


Property Release

For copyrighted or private/restricted properties that appear in your images you will need to provide a property release. 

If you’re shooting on restricted or private location or property, or shooting private property that is distinctive from a public place, be sure to obtain a property release from an authorized representative of the owner of the property in order to avoid issues with licensing your content. 

You should already have the release from the shoot available and you can email it to our team using the email, however, in the case that you need a property release, you can refer here: ShutterStock

 Here are some common places that require property release: 

  • Concert venues
  • Theaters
  • Modern or distinguishable architecture
  • Museum interiors
  • Stadiums
  • Amusement parks
  • Certain vehicles

This list is not complete, and was designed to give you an idea of when a property release is necessary. It is the photographers responsibility to identify if a property release is necessary or not.