The Problem With Model Releases

People add interest to otherwise dull photos. See below. These shots are from the Trinity Site on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. It was the location of the first atomic bomb explosion and it is only open two days a year to visitors. I’m writing about my trip in my book. But back to people.

My publisher requires a model release from any recognizable person. That release demands a person’s name, full address and a date of birth. Not the kind of thing you ask from a random stranger. While I do have a professional business card describing my book, that’s just what a stalker would have. As it stands, the publisher may not want the photograph in any case. From my point of view, this woman is unrecognizable with her hat and sunglasses.


The plaque reads, “Trinity Site: Where The World’s First Nuclear device Was Exploded on July 16, 1945”