There are no laws against taking photos of children in public places, but someone taking an unhealthy interest can rightly expect to attract unwelcome attention from the authorities (and quite probably passers by) pretty sharpish.
Photography or underage minor’s (18yrs or less old) in the studio or in public ie parks woods is allowed, you would normally be expected for best practice to have a guardian but even this does not cover you the photographer for taking pictures that could be considered of a sexual nature. The law states that even though you have a model realise form could signed from the guardian if you have taken explicit pictures or that could be seen to be of a sexual nature then you and the guardian could have charges against you for allowing it and you for taking and storing it.
There are some people or model schools who actively promote models in bikini’s on beaches promoting themselves and bodies, this is a odd thing. The images could never be sold and if they got a job using the image the promoter could face prosecution. If your child has these images from a professional photographer/ academy or school then be aware allowing them to have it up could lead to legal proceedings.
Example, Works Christmas day out, you take your child and a co-worker takes a picture and puts the picture on facebook.
Is this illegal or legal?
- Perfectly legal. Of course as long as there is no nudity involved or seductive poses and style. You have no rights whatsoever in any jurisdiction as far as photographs are involved. The photograph is considered the property of the photographer, not of the person in the photograph. There are numerous case laws supporting this on both the states and the UK to different levels. It doesn’t matter if the person in question is an adult or a minor.
We will be writing about the laws in more depth in future posts so please search the blog.
Be also mindful that if you’re taking pictures in areas where dodgy folks, drug dealers and ne’er do wells may be in view, they’re unlikely to be pleased with the attention and probably won’t be bothered about the niceties of the law in their response.
If someone asks you to stop take pictures of them, it’s generally a good idea to do so.
This will be looked into in greater detail for you and we are working with the local authorities to stop under 18’s “glamour” modelling.