A photo release form is a relatively simple legal document. Essentially, it verifies a photographer’s or a company’s copyright ownership of photographs taken of the model regardless of whether the model is an adult or a minor. A signed Photo Release form (also called a Model Release) essentially releases the model's ownership of the images captured to you or your company. With this permission, you can use the photos as you desire, whether it be for a creative art project or for a commercial advertising campaign. It is always a good idea to obtain a Model Release. In fact, some of your clients may require that you have photography releases to use your images in their projects especially if the photos include minors. The creation of that reasonable expectation limits your ability to photograph them. There are some areas in public that automatically create that expectation such as bathrooms, changing areas, and medical facilities. Most law enforcement officials will not try to stop you from taking photographs because they understand that you have a right to do so. However, you may be stopped from entering into a certain area because it could cause an issue for those involved (including law enforcement). Today, there are many common misconceptions about liability waivers, and these erroneous beliefs seem to run in two opposite directions. While some people believe that using a free waiver form doesn’t provide a business with any protection, others seem to believe a signed free liability waiver offers a business total “bulletproof” protection.