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I'm new to this forum, and glad to be a part of this network!
Recently I offered to exchange some time for print to a music school. They needed some shots done of an upcoming concert, and I wanted some new photos for my website. However, when I requested that a release be signed for all of the performers they balked and said they don't want to pressure their students into signing anything.
I told them fine and that I don't want anyone to feel pressured, but the release was necessary for both myself and the schools understanding of how the images would be used, and for legal protection.
So should I have done that? These would be young kids that I would be shooting, and I wanted to make sure there was an understanding this wasn't just a free photo shoot. I would be using these images to potentially promote my work and my business.
Any thoughts or comments are appriciated. Thanks!