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Understanding your Contracts – (Part 4) Image release forms.

6 Jan

In this day and age Photoshop runs rampant in all our Magazines and more.  Many clients now request to see “original” images from many of their providers. Specifically that of their Beauty and Make-up and Hair providers for the  services they are booking.

Since most of us ladies know just how and what we look like when we wake up in the morning, to us, seeing another “without make-up” is no big deal at all. Doesn’t even phase us…

Without these images to display, as requested by the clients, we as beauty providers have nothing to gauge our galleries on, you have nothing to see in order to hire us said vendors!

Sure we can post all the professional models and photoshoots in the world, young flawless models… but how is a client to really know just how much is actually your work and skills and just how much was digitally altered to achieve that perfect photo?

For many clients these photos are also on a  “book or don’t book” scenario. However it is also a catch 22. For a client to book solely on the merit of a vendors previous client transformations, then they themselves,  ask not to be posted. What message does that send? Never the less it actually hurts your artist in question who may rely on these images!

Which brings me to the post at hand; Image Release forms.

They are in place for many reasons, but mostly for the mutual respect and protection of the individual signing it.

Images are usually, for most artists anyways, posted anonymously. We prefer it that way. We have no need to list names and client  information,  future clients do not care, as it has no meaning to them anyways.

These images are a way of gearing a real life reference to another client to show everything from optional color choices, different make-up styling’s, lashes choices and so on.

Clients sign a release to state exactly that!  That an artist doing the work in question can post these images on their sites, they are not to be used for “outside” purposes, sold off etc. without the clients permissions. Simple as that, as stated on the forms.

Additional clauses may be found such as “images may be slightly altered for professional posting”…translation: We might need to tweak coloring, remove a few “blemishes”,  things like that.

Or in the case of  photographers, a separate area to discuss things like promotional usage, “aka”  Those happy ads and posters you see at all the wedding shows and more. Possible submissions to wedding magazines, and so forth.

But again all anonymous. It’s also a great safety measure taken to protect us and others!

In signing you agree with this, that we, as artists, protect you and thus give us the ability for other brides to see reference of our work we’ve done on another client, in real time, no gimmicks of photoshop.

To then turn around and BREACH Your signed contract by asking the said artist to remove an image that you signed off on, now puts you, the client, in a compromising situation. Both from a vendor client relation as well as possible Legal Action, should the said vendor chose to act on that.

So PLEASE do understand, that ALL Contracts, whether small or large, for money or just “likenesses” is there to protect both sides.  Sign them willingly upon understanding them, if not, ask your questions with that vendor so that they may explain information BEFOREHAND!! Not after the fact or down the road, a year later.  Thus giving you the ability to understand what you’re reading and take appropriate measures and possibly work out alternate options. After the fact does you no justice as these contracts are legal and can be upheld in a court of law…

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