RPS launches Model Release Form

18 May 2015

Society news

Media Release: The RPS makes Model Release Form available  

  • Available to all photographers without charge
  • First use by photographer Rose Teanby ARPS with Peter Lord CBE and Morph

Bath, 18 May 2015 – With increased public concerns over privacy and the need for photographers to protect themselves and the people they photograph The Royal Photographic Society has produced a generic model release form which it has made freely available for all photographers to download here: www.rps.org/MRF  

The RPS has worked with a top UK law firm to produce a RPS Model Release Form template with supporting notes to give guidance to amateur and professional photographers over how to use it.  A model release forms specifies how pictures can be used and is there to protect both the photographer and his/her subjects. Properly completed a signed form will protect the photographer in the event of any future claim.

The first photographer to use the RPS Model Release Form was RPS member Rose Teanby ARPS of Nottingham who photographed Peter Lord CBE and David Sproxton CBE of Aardman Animations for her ‘Best of Friends’ project. Lord signed the form on behalf of himself and Morph. 

Teanby commented: “It was a great comfort to have the form available for such an important portrait session and to feel that I had the reassurance of the RPS behind me. Both Peter Lord and David Sproxton had no hesitation in signing”.  She added: “I found the form very clear, logically laid out and not too overwhelming for the client which was very important”.

 RPS Director-General Dr Michael Pritchard who worked with the law firm on the RPS Model Release Form commented: “The RPS has a commitment to support all photographers and documents such as the model release, although simple, are important for the protection of photographers and their models in the event of a future dispute. The Society will be developing a range of key resources for photographers over coming months.

For further information contact Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General, t: 01225 325730 e: michael@rps.org

Photo credit: © Rose Teanby ARPS, Aardman Animation co-founder Peter Lord CBE with Morph

Notes for editors
The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity (no. 1107831) and membership organization based in Bath which exists to promote the art and science of photography and to support photographers and to help them improve their skills.

Rose Teanby ARPS can be reached via her website: www.roseteanbyphotography.co.uk where more of her portraits and photography can be seen.