Unlike portrait photography, which is mainly done to give a customer something to hang on their walls, glamour shots are often used for posters, magazine spreads or advertising. You must make sure that proper photography contracts are signed that allow both parties to use the images as needed but not at the expense of each other.
Most exclusive contracts between glamour models and photographers last for anywhere from one to two years. Non-exclusive contracts last less time than that, sometimes as little as six months. Most models won’t want to sign an exclusive contract with you because that limits them to only shooting with you until it expires. Once you have established yourself as a reputable and reliable photographer, these opportunities might come and are where the big money is made as the photographer and model work together to find clients to sell the photographs to.
Non-exclusive contracts mean the models can use any photographer they want, including you. This is not a great contract for the photographer though because you can lose a client without notice and that hinders your ability to build your portfolio.
The next contract is a model release form. This involves the photographer paying the model to pose for them and then owning the rights to use all photographs for himself. This means you need to understand the worth of the photographs and the model before you hire her. However, the photos are complete property of the photographer to sell to anyone he chooses. It is up to the photographer if he gives any copies to the model and it is the photographer who retains all rights to the photographs.
Finally, for the photographers who just want to take pictures and not worry about selling the work, there is the opportunity to just take the glamour shots for a specific price and sell packages to the models. In this case, the normal contract you might see in a portrait studio would be used with restrictions to limit the models ability to make extra copies. For a larger sum, the photographer might just sell the CD of all photos to the model and allow her to do with it as she chooses. It is also a good idea to add an amendment to the contract allowing the photographer to use the photos in his own portfolio to sell himself to future clients.