My Story…

Hello, I’m Jane, and it’s so good to meet you!

 

I’m a landscape photographer, based near Sevenoaks, Kent, who loves to create beautiful photographs of the Kent countryside.  Capturing a moment, the changing light, seasons, and views, for you to enjoy all year round. 

 

I love photographing flowers too.  So it’s even better if a landscape has flowers in it!  Kent is the Garden of England after all, and there is lots of pretty countryside to inspire me.  The lavender farm near here, fields of wild poppies, bluebell woods, orchards at blossom time… I love capturing it all, from big wide sweeping landscapes to close-ups of details.

 

Photo of bluebells and spring trees in Shoreham woods, Kent, by Jane Mucklow

Bluebells, Shoreham Woods, Kent

 

I love the search for some amazing light or weather conditions, and for an amazing view, and that moment especially if they come together, and I can combine the two, add in a dash of creative composition, and then capture that elusive but absolutely stunning image. 

One that you will love too.

And love enough to hang a print of on your wall to enjoy every day.

 

“Jane, the canvas arrived yesterday, and it is AMAZING thank you!” – Linda, photo on canvas order

 

I love that I can help you brighten up your home with a beautiful print or canvas.  Or help you to keep in touch with friends and family, showing you care with one of my handmade greetings cards.  Or even to help you keep organised with a whole collection of photos in a calendar on your kitchen or office wall. 

 

 

Photo of Jane Mucklow taking a photo, on a beach in Cornwall

Me photographing on holiday, on a beach in Cornwall

I look at the world through a camera lens, in my mind even when I don’t have a camera with me.  I notice things around me all the time that make me want to stop and photograph them.  I want to capture a beautiful moment to make it last, and for others to enjoy too.  Sometimes I can’t stop, what with running around after three children and everything else that goes on, but I notice.  So this quote really resonates with me: “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them”, Diane Arbus, photographer. 

 

I usually prefer to leave my photos full of saturated colour, like the examples on this page, but just occasionally I feel one suits a black and white conversion.  So if that’s your thing, there is a gallery of black and white photographs on the Prints page for you to choose from too.  

 

Photograph of a bee on a purple allium flower

Allium and bee, in my garden

 

Photography has always been part of my life, even as a child.  Who else remembers sitting through lots of holiday photos with the rest of the family?  My Mum had hers turned into prints, and she’d sit at the dining room table sticking them into great big albums, and my Dad used slide film. 

So whenever other family members came to visit, we’d all have to pile onto the sofa, the curtains would be drawn, and the slide projector would click round so we could see Dad’s holiday photos too.

On my 7th birthday, my favourite present was my new camera!  I’ve been taking photos since then, and still have the albums tucked away in the loft. 

There was no photography I could study at school, so I didn’t even think about doing it at university (so I did History and History of Art, and then Museum Studies). But after that, I ended up working in a Picture Library, selling other people’s photos, and realised that I wanted to be the one taking them.  So I spent a year at evening classes learning to take them properly, on film back then!

And I loved it.

 

 

Photo of a sunset over the lavender farm in Shoreham, Kent, by Jane Mucklow

Sunset at the Lavender farm, Shoreham, Kent

I loved it so much that I resigned from that job – even though it was at Windsor Castle, working for the Queen!!  And I went to work as a photographer for other companies, doing that for nearly a decade until redundancy from The National Trust, and children, led me to start my own photography business.  That was six years ago now!

 

I’m not good with early mornings, but I do occasionally make it out to photograph the sunrise.  More usually it is one of my three children waking me up, or the alarm clock, that gets me out of bed in the morning.  But I am always on the look-out for some beautiful light, or the promise of a bright blue sky with white fluffy clouds in the summer, or a fall of snow in the winter, so that I can go and find a good view to photograph for you.

 

Photos of my family by Jane Mucklow

My family, on holiday in Cornwall, and the children all dressed up.

 

 

I also love chocolate (though eating lots at once makes me ill!), tea and cake with friends (ok, maybe a drink or two with them as well), dinner out with my husband, family holidays to the beach with our three children, reading historical crime fiction, and photographing amazing business owners as well as my landscapes, (which you can see over at Picture Your Brand with Jane Mucklow Photography).

 

 

“Excellent service thank you! I love my stag prints, they look beautiful in their frames.” – Liz, print order

 

 

Photo of a purple sunset over Chipstead Lake, Sevenoaks, by Jane Mucklow

Sunset at Chipstead Lake, Sevenoaks, Kent

 

My landscape photographs cover the local area around my home in Otford, just outside Sevenoaks (in west Kent), and expand outwards around Kent and the South East.  Along with a big collection from Cornwall as we often holiday there, plus anywhere else we stay or visit.   

(If there’s any particular view you would like to see added to the collection, please do let me know, whether it’s for you or is just an amazing view I haven’t discovered yet!)

They are ideal for hanging on your wall so that you have a view of something that actually means something to you, not just a mass-produced home store bought picture. 

Or even if you don’t know the area, just pick one you love, from any of the landscapes or the flower photos, to brighten up your wall.  Find out more over on the Photo Wall Art page.

 

 

Photo of dark pink foxgloves by Jane Mucklow

Foxgloves, Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent

My greetings cards help you keep in touch with family and friends, covering a range of subjects and occasions, all blank inside for your own message, and perfect for showing you care with a gorgeous, unique, handcrafted piece of happy post.  Find out more over on the Greetings Card page.

My calendars help you get organised, with beautiful views of local landscapes or flowers, ideal as Christmas gifts and your own kitchen wall!  More on the Calendar page.

 

I sell here on my website, via the Menu links or those just below, but also in a few local shops, and at a local craft fairs and markets – see the full listing on the Events page, as I know it’s sometimes preferable to see something in real life first!  Just let me know if you have any queries via the form on that page, email or a facebook message.  Click the links below to see and buy my work, but if there’s one you’d like that isn’t here, just let me know.

 

Wall Art: Prints & Canvases            Greetings Cards            Calendars

 

Fabulous local shots and beautiful scenery which I love to send to friends and family. Great customer service always with a smile!” – Clare, prints, cards and calendars customer

 

 

Newsletter sign up image, photo of pear blossom by Jane Mucklow

 

Do sign up to my newsletter to keep in touch, see new blog posts and new photos, plus get exclusive offers – it’s only once a month, if that, no spam I promise 🙂 

Then come over and follow me on social media too for news, photos and behind the scenes images – links are on the Contact Me page, and up at the very top of the website.

 

Well, you know quite a bit about me now, so I’d really like to get to know you too – come and say hello at an event, and I’d love you to follow me on any social media platforms you use.  (And if you can like and comment occasionally, that would be amazing, as then you’ll be shown more of my posts, and it helps to get my name and page to more people).

 

Thank you,

Jane x

Wall Art: Prints & Canvases            Greetings Cards            Calendars

Branding photo of Jane Mucklow, by Manjit Sohal

NB. All photographs on this page are taken by me, apart from the one of me at the top, and just above, by my branding photographer Sohal Light Photography.  Both were taken in Knole Park, Sevenoaks, a fabulous local National Trust house that I used to work in, with a large estate/deer park.  And the one of me photographing on holiday at the seaside, is by my husband 🙂   Any of the photos throughout this website by me are available to purchase as a print or canvas, and probably also as a greetings card, just let me know which one you’d like if it isn’t in the galleries already.

 

PS I also do branding photography for business owners, for their websites, social media and marketing, and help with creating and knowing their brand too.  So if you have your own business, do check out my other website, at Picture Your Brand, thanks!

 

PPS I am so proud that I have won the following awards for my business (all judged by a panel of independent judges, not based on how many people I can get to vote):

Sevenoaks Business Awards 2016: 3rd place Home Enterprise

Kent Women in Business Awards 2017: Runner Up Mumpreneur of the Year, and Finalist Women in Retail.

Independent Business Awards Kent 2018: Runner Up Home Based Business, and Finalist Creative Business of the Year.

Kent Women in Business Awards 2019: Runner Up Women in Retail, and Finalist Women in the Arts/Creative.

 

 

 

Photo by Jane Mucklow of cherry blossom

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