Why Do I Need a Release?

"From Top Model Release Developer Catherine Hall."

When I first began my professional photography career, I undervalued the necessity of having subjects sign releases; I was just focused on crafting incredible pictures to expand my portfolio. But when the opportunity arose to have images featured publicly, having neglected such a detail as obtaining releases extinguished the process completely. Adobe asked to feature several of my travel photographs, and I instantly thought to myself: all of my hard work is finally starting to pay off! Little did I know, that no legitimate company would dare print or publish any image that isn't backed-up with a model-or property release.

I was crushed when I had to turn down Adobe's offer, realizing that without model releases, none of the images in my portfolio were commercially valid. This huge let-down became a hard-won lesson: Credible photographers take care of the details.