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Big light for a big night 

click to enlarge Haper Cayton, 9, dressed as a mime for Halloween. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Haper Cayton, 9, dressed as a mime for Halloween.
Every Halloween I hang out at the house with my camera and photograph the assorted characters who come for the candy. Afterwards, everyone gets a free photo to remember the night by.

It’s always a fun time, and one of the only times I bring out my big light. I use a moonlight with a soft box to create dramatic pictures of trick-or-treaters.

click to enlarge Elliot Tuten, 10, in his dragon costume. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Elliot Tuten, 10, in his dragon costume.

The light is what helps make these images really stand-out. In other words, you can't make this kind of picture with your phone.

You can see this light in cinematography all the time; the wrap-around light is quite flattering and makes colors pop. The next time you're watching a movie look for this light — The Lord of the Rings trilogy has it in spades.

click to enlarge Dayla Martinez-Cordova, 10, dressed as a witch. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Dayla Martinez-Cordova, 10, dressed as a witch.

I love this light and I wish I could use it more. Unfortunately it's a bulky and unwieldy set-up for on-location photography. Ultimately, the subject must come to the light instead of the other way around.

Fortunately, there's one night a year where I get all of sorts of characters dressed in their best who stand in one spot and let me take their picture.
click to enlarge Jayden Henson, 12, as Yugi from the card game Yu-Gi_Oh! - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Jayden Henson, 12, as Yugi from the card game Yu-Gi_Oh!

click to enlarge Brenon Joe Garcia, 9, dressed as Jason Vorhees from the horror film Friday the 13th. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Brenon Joe Garcia, 9, dressed as Jason Vorhees from the horror film Friday the 13th.
click to enlarge Owen Church, 9, dressed as Captain Archibald Haddock from The Adventures of Tintin. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Owen Church, 9, dressed as Captain Archibald Haddock from The Adventures of Tintin.
click to enlarge Jacob Cayton, 7, dressed as Harry Potter. - SEAN CAYTON
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  • Jacob Cayton, 7, dressed as Harry Potter.

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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