Why do I need these legal documents?
If you plan on using the images you take of individuals for advertising purposes (not editorially, i.e. newspapers, textbooks, magazine articles, etc.), they need to give you permission to use the images you took of them. If you post a photo on your Facebook page, blog, or website, legally, you need to have a model release from the subjects of your photograph(s). Furthermore, if you plan on selling the images, you most certainly need a release.
What can happen if I do not obtain a signed Model Release?
If you use a client’s image in a way that they do not like, feels like it invades on their privacy, or defames them, they have the right to sue you without a model release. Why take that risk? It’s such a simple and quick form your clients sign as part of doing a session with you.