Starting a business specializing in portraiture

Started Jan 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Biggs23 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,075
Re: Starting a business specializing in portraiture

spytrek007 wrote:

I need some advice here. I am starting a new business and will be specializing in outdoor or on location portraits. My target market is models/actors, couples, families and children.

For models, I understand that one has to have a model release form to be able to use their images on ones portfolio. Do i need model release forms when photographing couples, children, families or any similar form?

Yes. If you'd like to use them to advertise you should have a model release.

Do i need insurance as i would be shooting outdoors or on location?

Definitely. Clients can still hurt themselves and blame you. $1 million should be enough. You'll also need a business license if required by your locality as well as a sales tax ID to charge sales tax. Inland marine insurance might be a good choice depending on how much gear you carry.

And finally for casual shoots, is it safe to photograph models below the age of 18?

As long as there is nothing inappropriate being shot, sure. Make sure the parent or guardian comes along with if you're concerned. They will need to be the ones that sign the release as well.

The business will be under UK law.

Well crap. I don't know anything about UK law so feel free to ignore some or all of my comments.

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