Parents To Be Afraid Of!

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  1. daneNcrystal

    daneNcrystal TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I am helping a friend out and doing cheerleading and football pictures for the team she coaches. I have never in my life seen parents like this. I still have two days of these parents to deal with and just need some advice.

    I asked each of them to sign a release form. Not a big deal you would think. It is the standard model/talent release form. They are blowing up about it. I told them if they don't sign it the kids will not be allowed to get their pictures taken.

    How do the bigger places get away without having parents sign these release forms? I noticed on one order form real small it states purchases acknowledges images are the property of this company and may be used for display purposes.

    I am so confused - I thought I needed to release sign. Can someone help me please?

    Thanks!
    Crystal :)
     
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    As far as I understand, you are working with a coach. I am assuming this is for a school and you have their permission. Under this assumption, you have every right to take pictures of whomever you wish associated with this (these) function(s).


    You will need to keep track of who purchases pictures, and who does not. If, by purchasing these pictures, they are signing the release, these can be used for self-advertising purposes, as stated in the release.

    Technically, if you have the permission of the property owner to be there, you need no release whatsoever, as long as you do not attempt to use the photo in an advertisement or in a slanderous / misleading purpose.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What is your intended use for the pictures? If they're for the school/organization as well as your own portfolio, play that aspect up. Perhaps offer the parents the opportunity to purchase images at a discounted rate?
     
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    daneNcrystal TPF Noob!

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    These are just individual sports pictures and a team picture. I would like to put them in my portfolio maybe but maybe not. I could care less at this point. I just want to take the pictures and be legal about it - that's why I was attempting to have the release forms signed.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Check with an expert to make sure, but I believe US law is very similar to Canadian, in that if you are photographing a group, in a public location, and you have the right to photograph there (ie the property owner, parks board, school board etc allows it) then no release is req'd unless the images will be used for commercial work.
     
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    Yes, it would be best to check with your local jurisdiction as to the exact rules.

    I don't think you need a model release just to take the photos, or even to use them for certain purposes. If you want to used them for commercial purposes (ad campaign etc) then you would need a release...but if you are just selling them back to the parents, I don't think you would need anything.
     
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    daneNcrystal TPF Noob!

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    Ok - next question then...

    What exactly is local jurisdiction? Where can I find this information at.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Probably best to talk to a lawyer...but that might cost you. You might be able to ask a photographer working in your area what they do.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'd contact a large photo club in the area; they will likely know or guide you in the right direction. You can also try the local library and/or Google 'photographic law'. You actually have two jurisdictions; one deals with the owners of the property and whether you're allowed to photograph on it, the other deals with the individuals right to privacy, which I'm fairly sure is a federal statute.
     
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    I'm pretty sure schools don't fall under normal privacy rights guys. Ask a teacher, they'll tell you that you'll probably have to get the parents permission somehow. Some schools will have media release forms on file which would mean that you can photograph anyone who's parent signed that. Maybe it differs from place to place but the school I was working with last year wouldn't let me come in and photograph without the parents' permission and they also wouldn't give me contact information for the parents.
     
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    I know things are "different" these days. But.... I've NEVER had any portrait/memory mate/wedding customer sign a release. (Of course if I'm shooting an ad and the image will be used for financial gain, we get a signed release.)

    If I ever wanted to use an image for display or advertising, I simply tell the customer that we've selected their image. Usually, they're delighted and flattered. If they should happen to protest, I'd just choose a different image.

    I still do it this way. It's simple and everyone is happy. I think because there are no surprises.

    -Pete
     
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    Don't forget about this.

    http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/820599.html

    Remember, cops don't care about whether it's a camera or a video camera. If you're a photographer, you're always in the wrong. If you're male, you're always in the wrong. Even if you broke no laws and are right...you're always in the wrong. Only after your lawyer gets you off the hook and are vindicated by the courts are you in the right.
     

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