7 Best Apps for Model Releases and Property Releases

What is a Model Release?

As a photographer, when you shoot photos using models and/or in a private property, and you intend to further sell these photos for profit, you need legal documents where the models and/property owner cede the rights to use their personal and/or their property's image in your photos.

Model and Property Releases are documents stating the agreement between the person (model) whose image is in your photos and/or the owner whose property is seen in your images, and you, to grant the use of their likeness in your photos. If you got found then you might be ending up on a list of the most selling stock photo model on the planet ;-).

These documents have to be signed preferably before the photoshoot takes place (to save you the risk of shooting and then not getting the signatures needed) and in the presence of a witness. Plus, you must make sure the Releases have the right format and content to be valid at most stock photo agencies.

Releases are key for you to sell your photos safely, providing you and the buyer legal protection against any possible claims from models or property owners regarding the photos they or their property appear in. And it's a major requirement for selling photos online at stock photo sites.

Here you will find the best mobile apps to create and sort Model and Property Releases in a simple and convenient way. Check out our comparison and detailed list:

Main Types of Releases:

  1. Model Release supports the permission of the person (model) to be photographed by you and to let you use their image in your photos in a determined way (which includes sale purposes). There are two major subcategories of Model Releases usually used: Adult Release (for adults) and Minor Release (for minors). In the case of Minor Release, the minor's parent or tutor must sign the document on behalf of the minor.
  2. Property Release confirms that the owner of private property (buildings, mechanisms, wares, artworks, pets, etc.) allows you to take a photo of their property and use the final image in a determined way (which includes sale purposes).

Who Creates and Regulates Releases?

You may design your own Release forms, making sure the format and content are right and legally accepted.

But as a photographer, it doesn't make much sense to spend time and effort in creating these documents when there are various resources to get standard versions of Releases that you can then customize or simply fill in and use.

Various photography-related companies and organizations have their own custom-made Releases documents available. Most of the top stock and microstock photo agencies, like Getty Images, have their own Standard Releases, and the ASMP also provides Release templates. Many photographers find these documents to be appropriate and sufficient, given they are backed by big photography associations and leading companies, and are using them.

When contributing to stock photo agencies, you must attach the appropriate Releases to your photos (as well as vector illustrations and other media files) if you want them to be sold under a Commercial license. Preparing these documents for submitting to stock agencies is a process that has its own specifics for each company, and we tried to consider this in our review.

Mobile Apps for Release Management

As you can imagine, creating and maintaining a database of Releases is a quite laborious task, especially for photographers who work without assistants. Appropriate tools and efficient procedures solve this problem successfully. Mobile apps that are reviewed below (combined with advanced modern gadgets) replace inconvenient paper Releases with a more productive digital workflow.

Nowadays the procedures of drawing up, signing, and storing the Releases have become incredibly fast and easy. There are a plethora of applications for mobile devices that can help photographers organize their work with Releases. From this variety of offers, we have chosen the 7 most frequently mentioned apps for the iOS platform (some of them also exist for Android). Our choice was determined by the need to review them in terms of functionality required for efficiently creating and working with a simple Model Release and/or Property Release.

Key Features and Functions in Release Apps

In our opinion, the most relevant and useful capabilities in a Release management application are:

  •  supported types (also subcategories in case of Model Release) of Releases
  •  quantity and quality of built-in Release templates, as well as their suitability for stock agencies (e.g. presence of Getty Images Release templates, which are the “gold standard” model release for the stock industry)
  • ability to modify the standard text of the Release
  • ability to create model release form templates in different languages
  • ability to sign Release directly on the mobile device (electronically)
  • ability to add a model’s photo to Release
  • output file format (PDF, JPEG, or both)
  • advanced storage features and Release management
  • extra customization features (e.g. defining your own brand symbols, adding additional fields to Release form, etc.)

Comparison List for Model Releases and Property Releases Apps

Featureseasy release app
Easy Release
image release app > 7 Best Apps for Model Releases and Property Releases
Image Release
release me
Model Releaser
release me
release me
Releases by Snapwire
release me
Releases by 500px
release me
Model Release X
Mobile platform:
Apple iOS/ Google Android
Supported types of Releases:
Model Release/ Property Release
Approved byGetty Images, iStock, Alamy, DreamstimeAlamyGetty Images,
Snapwire, Getty Images, Shutterstock, ASMP500px
Ability to modify Release text++++--+
Multi-language support for:
Releases text/ User interface
Digital signature:
Photographer/ Model/ Witness
Output file format:
Integration with Adress Book+++
Add model’s photo by means of:
built-in camera/ choosing from gadget’s photo library
Local Release library/ Cloud sync/ Desktop application sync+/+/–+/–/–+/+/–+/–/–+/+/–-/+/++/+/–
Price$9.99$6.99Free - Premium from $3.99$7.99FreeFreeFree demo - Premium from $9.99
App Websiteeasyrelease app > 7 Best Apps for Model Releases and Property Releases
Easy Release
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Image Release
Model Release > 7 Best Apps for Model Releases and Property Releases Website:
Model Releaser
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snapwire > 7 Best Apps for Model Releases and Property ReleasesWebsite:
Releases by Snapwire
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Releases by 500px
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Model Release X

Details and Screenshots of our tested Model Release Apps

Here is a more detailed list of the 7 model release apps reviewed, with screenshots and links.

Easy Release App

Easy Release Screenshots

Image Release App

Image Release Screenshots

Release Me App

Release Me Screenshots


PixRelease Screenshots

Release App by Snapwire

Release App by Snapwire Screenshots

Releases by 500px

Releases by 500px Screenshots

Shake App

Shake App Screenshots

Original Article by Vera Lubimova, freelance photographer, illustrator, and a bit of a copywriter. Microstock contributor since 2009.

Image: IngImage.com
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Amos Struck
Amos Struck

Amos Struck, a renowned expert with over two decades in the stock photography industry, is known for his profound expertise in both stock imagery and artificial intelligence (AI). He is the founder of StockPhotoSecrets.com and a driving force behind the innovative AI-driven platform, Stockphotos.com. His pioneering work in visual AI is marked by co-founding Ximilar AI. Amos also established the Microstock Expo Conference, a key event in the stock photography sector. As a regular speaker at major industry conferences like DMLA and a prominent member of CEPIC, he consistently contributes to the industry's growth and evolution through a blend of technological innovation and market insight.

  1. You should check out Model Releaser for Android and add it to your list. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pa.modelreleaseapp I’ve found it to be better than a few on your list and comparable to the best ones on the list. Best of all, it’s mostly free.

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