Interview with Photographer and Film Maker

David Wren

“If you can greet any photographic scenario with confidence you’ll make better art.”

David Wren - VAN - Emma Hiley - 31.10.20
David Wren - VAN - Emma Hiley - 31.10.20

How would you describe your photography aesthetic? 

I love to photograph people. From athletes to creatives and from builders to business owners, everybody has a great story to tell and I love capturing their authentic, genuine life moments. I’d say my style is both visually engaging and realistic as well as emotionally relatable. 

Having family in Mauritius is a unique position to be in. How has your time spent there impacted your photography? 

Mauritius is beautiful. Close your eyes, picture a tropical island and you’re half way there. It’s really refreshing being somewhere so vastly different from home here in Surrey and that draws my creativity out in spades. I don’t get over there too often, but when I do, I just feel free to shoot however I want, meeting the most lovely people and enjoy every second of it. 

What have been your favourite locations to shoot so far? 

You might guess the first one, but Mauritius has to be up there! I spent some time in Canada in my early twenties and adored the vast and epic landscapes, extreme weather and friendships made. I also love the South West of England and Northumberland. 

What tends to inspire you the most and your creative eye? 

I’m mostly inspired by my friends and being in incredible places. People who live their life in a meaningful, loving way and create something beautiful. It might sound counterintuitive but I don’t consume much photography or look to it for inspiration. There are, of course, some exceptions but I look more to nature, music and my friends. 


What advice would you give to an aspiring photographer? 

Shoot, shoot, shoot. As often as you can. Photograph your friends, your family, your local town. Anything that makes you happy. There’s no replacement for time spent with a camera in hand and you’ll be learning all the way. I’d also implore anyone to just do it for themselves and not to focus on the adoration of others. That goes hand in hand with comparison. Everyone is at a different stage and we are ALL still learning and growing. Most importantly, have fun with it. 

Your key tips for the technical side of photography that really helped transcend your work to what it has become today? 

Understand your equipment, both it’s good points and limitations. If you can greet any photographic scenario with confidence you’ll make better art. Be willing to experiment and make mistakes, doing your best to learn from them. Talk to other photographers. Try all aspects of the craft, natural light in the great outdoors, studios with lights and strobes, portraits, products, food, sports etc, it’s all good stuff and you might just find your next favourite thing to do. 

Who is your dream client to work with? 


There are so many! I’d love to work for an outdoor clothing company, photographing skiing from a helicopter in Alaska. It’ll happen one day. 

What does photography truly mean to you?


Expression and freedom. When I take a photograph, I get to tell someones story from my own perspective. It’s a privilege to meet and spend time with so many fascinating people and it’s an honour to take their photograph. It’s also the one thing in life I’ve really stuck at, it’s taken me around the world, introduced me to great people and taught me so many life lessons. It means so much more than I can eloquently describe! 

And finally, how do you want to be remembered by as a photographer? 

I’d like to be remembered as the photographer that people enjoy spending time with. Someone friendly, kind hearted, caring and passionate. At the end of the day, I’m a photographer because of my love for people and creating images. Knowing that the people I photograph have had a fun and positive experience, where we’ve talked, laughed and made pictures that they love is the ultimate compliment. 


What is your most favourite and memorable shoot day and why? 

Tough question! There are so many to pick from, especially some of the days I’ve spent in the mountains, but I think a day I spent with my buddies Sam and Al of the band fika has to top it. Fabich and Bambi Thug were there for the session and the energy in that room was electric. Music has always played a huge part in my life and the creativity and flow that day was truly special and awe inspiring. 

If you were to give your 15 year old self career advice now looking back, what would you say? 

Pick up a camera already! I didn’t take a photograph until I was 22, just falling into it as a hobby whilst injured. I guess I’ve missed out on a lot of potential learning time but they weren’t wasted years. Plenty of drumming and skateboarding going on back then which I still love now. 


David Wren is a Surrey based Photographer and Film Maker. To see more of his work, you can check out his website or follow his work on Instagram @davidwren_

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