I was asked on this week’s #CHSOCM Twitter Chat to share the photo release form we use for our church. As I know this blog reaches many different countries you will need to check with your own legal eagle to find out the legality for your own jurisdiction if you download this template.
Every communications team needs a template similar to this. If you are taking photos of your congregation in any environment you need to get their agreement to republish their image. There are very strong privacy legal principles around protecting your community. You can land yourself in very hot legal water by not covering yourself. Even if the person said yes at the time, people can forget, fall out, change their mind.
A photo release form may protect you and your church from potential legal action.
The template is editable and was created in Microsoft Word. Download the free photo release template for churches here. Remember to check with your lawyers!