Rares Mocan – Portrait Photographer, Instagrammer, Designer

If somebody checks your Instagram page will find some very carefully crafted photographs. Before going deeper into the details, I would like to ask you to tell me a few words about yourself.

Who’s that Rares behind all the great photographs?

Well, my name is Rares Mocan, I am 24 years old, I was born and raised in Romania, with 3  years, let’s tell it “break”, where I moved to another country (Germany) and started my life again there. I wasn’t very happy about that decision and I moved back here, where my life started to mean a lot and I started to enjoy life more and more.

What’s your vision of the world we live in? If somebody would ask you to tell them a few ideas about life, what would you say?

I feel like people start to care more about each other and that the world it’s more peaceful that it was many years ago, it is a great era to live in since you can do so many stuff and make a lot of your dreams come true.

A random recommendation/quote for the reader, to make his / her day a little bit better.

Someday your life will flash before your eyes make it worth watching.

When and why you started your Instagram page? What we can find there?

I started my Instagram page in like October of 2016 when I also bought my first camera (Canon 700D ). I started with photographing sunsets because I am in love with the sky and the clouds, and after a couple of months I started with creative portraits.

I saw that you have portrait photography published on your page. Why you got stick to this kind of photography? What do you feel, when you take a shot like that?

I feel like, with portraits, you can get very creative in a lot of different ways, also that person that you are photographing it’s bringing a different vibe to the photo, there you can also change the vibe by changing her pose or her expression, and that is one of the main reasons why I like it because a soul in your photo, even in landscape photography, makes a huge difference.

“Bubbles/bokeh everywhere”. I think that this is a very common element in your photographs. What does it represent?

When I first started, I wanted to be different from all the portrait photographers that live in my area so I use a lot of props to photograph, a lot of small things that make a big difference like a prism, or fairylights, or sparklers , even with your phone you can take some amazing reflection shots.

What is your recommendation for a good Portrait Photograph?

Try to have a strong pose, make your model feel comfortable with you, try to have a good composition, and from time to time try to take a second and think, don’t be overwhelmed with the photos you get and just going with it, try to work your location , trying different angles, different perspectives and so you will find out what you like more.

Let me ask a few technical details. Canon / Nikon / Sony? And Why?

Tricky question, I am in love with Sony, also had one (Sony A7), but because of being unable to use the flash assist, you can’t take photos at parties so it’s a big turn off, you can’t even use the flash assist from the Sony flashes which are big disatvantages … anyway, I shoot with a Canon 6D.

What do you think, is that true, that is easy to take photograph if you have a good, overpriced equipment, or is more about creativity?

I would say that the equipment definitely helps you a lot, but if you are creative, and you have good light (even natural light) you can take some incredible shots.

Favorite place on the planet?

I would have to say New York (never been there though) but it’s one of my goals to get there someday and visit that city.

We learned that you live in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania’s biggest city. What do you like the most about it and why?

I like the fact that there are so many teenagers here and you can have a lot of fun, parties, festivals and many more.

Which one is your favorite city/place in Transylvania and what is the best thing you can do here?

I think my favorite city would be Sibiu, and the best thing is to go there for Christmas. The city is shining on these days.

What do you like the most about the people and places from here?

Most of the people are friendly and helpful, and I like the fact that the city looks old like Rome and so on.

A recommendation for a foreign visitor in Transylvania?

Just be yourself and the people would like you the way you are.

You can find Rares here:

Instagram: instagram.com/rares.mocan

Facebook: facebook.com/mocan.rares.5

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