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Have You Heard The One About The Vase and The Photographer?

A photographer accidentally knocks over and breaks a client’s vase in their home. The homeowner screams, “That’s’ a 600 year old vase!” The photographer replies, “Thanks goodness for that! I thought it was a new one.” While most people think of photography as a “glamour” business, most of the aspects of running a photography business […]

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PG to X to XXX Rated Photography

Using our powers of mentalism we know exactly what you are thinking at this moment – “What does this topic have to do with me? I don’t shoot or appear in that kind of stuff”. Now, now don’t get ahead of your skis grasshopper. The laws regarding risqué, controversial, or even sexual or simply implied […]

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Graffiti, Graffito, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

It is with much trepidation that we dive into this topic.  It is very hard to just dip your toe into the graffiti water without jumping in the pool. The use of graffiti – plural for graffito – as either background or integral to a photo shoot is fraught with easily avoidable peril. We suggest […]

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Avoiding Grief, Aggravation and Litigation

One of the areas we get asked about the most concerns model releases. As a reminder to readers, model release laws are not national, but rather are specific to each state are usually referred to as “right of publicity”, “right of privacy” or mash up of both. Whatever they are called they cover the unauthorized […]

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Stay Out Of My Territory – Walter White’s Pizza

Model releases have taken up a lot of real estate, a lot of ink, in our lectures and writings. Location releases, not so much. Many people think they are not needed, as the consent is “obvious” and/or “assumed”. We’re not going to go into that chestnut about the word, assume.  Some think that those who […]

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Model And Model Behavior

As those of you who have read our book “The Copyright Zone” or seen our seminars on the subject of model releases well know, we strongly urge all photographers to get a signed, written model release all of the time, always if at all possible. We write for and speak to models (and model agencies) […]

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Hulkamania

The term “Hulkamania” is defined by the Urban Dictionary as: The strongest force in the universe. That definition has now taken on even more street cred with the decision in the Hulk Hogan case. And we present another 140 million new reasons to get written, signed model releases – especially in sensitive issue situations – always. […]

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Being Sensitive and Sensible about Sensitive Releases

Perhaps no issue within the topic of Model Releases draws as many questions as the necessity to use “sensitive issue” model release forms.  We suggest that such forms be used when the model is going to be employed in an image/ad/film/video etc. and will appear: nude, semi-nude, be portrayed as a drug addict, criminal, suffering […]

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Our New B&H Video Is Up

Hi all, our brand new, hour and a half video, we did at B&H is up on their YouTube feed. A lot of new stuff for us, we think you’ll find interesting and enlightening. In any case, we had fun as usual. Here’s the link. Please let us know what you think.  

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Powerful Court Decision Just Two Sentences Long

Here is a current litigation right out of Ed’s files. Facts:   A young “All American” handsome man and attractive woman carefully plan out their dream wedding. They are right out of central casting. Both bride and groom would be perfect and if this had been a “regular” commercial shoot, both would have been cast. But here neither is a professional model nor […]

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