Newborn Photography Model Releases - TheLawTog®

Newborn Photography Model Releases

Newborn Photography Model Releases


If you're planning to use your images for advertising or to build your newborn photography portfolio, it's crucial to have a model release form as a safeguard for your photography business.

A newborn-specific model release grants you explicit permission from the parents or guardians of the newborn to use and publish these precious and heartwarming images. Newborn photography captures tender and beautiful moments of a new baby and sometimes the family. Without a proper release, you could potentially face legal and ethical challenges when using these images.

Also, a newborn-specific model release establishes a clear understanding between you as the photographer and the parents or guardians regarding the intended use of the photographs. It outlines how and where the images will be used, whether for your portfolio, marketing materials, or other promotional purposes. This transparency fosters trust and ensures that both parties are on the same page regarding the photographs' future use.

Additionally, this form serves to waive any potential claims that the parents or guardians might assert in the future for compensation related to the usage of their newborn's images. This proactive step protects you from potential legal disputes and removes uncertainties associated with the publication of these images.

Within the realm of model releases for newborn photography, there are different options available:

  •  Standard Release Form: This is a widely used model release document for newborn photography, addressing the parents' or guardians' consent for the use of the photographs in various contexts.
  •  Limited Release by Client's Choice of Specific Photographs: In certain cases, some parents or guardians may want to have control over which specific newborn images can be used for publication. In such instances, a limited release allows them to select particular images for authorized use while maintaining restrictions on others.
  •  Limited Release to Exclude Specific Contents: Some parents or guardians may have specific preferences or concerns about the content of the photographs, such as excluding images featuring certain poses or props. In such cases, a limited release can be tailored to exclude certain contents from being published, offering a level of customization and control over the use of the images.


The drafting of these documents by legal professionals would typically cost an average of $900. However, by purchasing this bundle, photographers can save hundreds while ensuring comprehensive legal coverage and peace of mind.

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  • Why choose TheLawTog?

Headed by Rachel Brenke, TheLawTog is the only dedicated resource for photographers.  With practicing lawyers, business consultants, CPA, financial planners (and more!) you’ll get information with first-hand experience to help your photography business. 

  • Can I edit the contracts?

Yes! They come as .doc files so you can fill-in-the-blank, remove or add what you need. We provide options and headings to easily allow for editing.

  • Can I use these contracts if not in the US?

TheLawTog®’s contract forms are drafted on general American law-based contract principles and are applicable to many states.  Due to variations in law based on location and business policies, the contracts are editable and easily adaptable. If you are a photographer outside the US, the policies may be implemented for your business, but U.S. Federal Copyright laws and other legal theories may not apply.  For example, in the United States, unless otherwise contracted, the photographer retains copyright ownership of images. However, in other countries, the law may give the copyright ownership to the client and necessitate a provision for transfer. 

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