An opportunity in the flowers | Chennai Beach

How spontaneous are you? Do you grab opportunities when they suddenly jump out and appear right before you? Or are you more cautious, weighing up the pros and cons? When it comes to photography I am without a doubt always following the opportunities… if it’s something random that happens, or a curious corner to turn then I usually follow along and see what’s going on… you just never know the beauty that following that curiosity might bring, and it’s happened to me so many times…

Last summer I was down on the beach with my kids and some dear friends when a thunder storm was looming – we were packing up to move the kids back home when some men came down and just dumped a whole sackful of flowers into the sea. They washed up and down in the tide and scattered themselves along the shore. What was going on? Was it some kind of religious ceremony we shouldn’t intrude on? They were so beautiful I couldn’t hold back from going to ask, and I’m so glad I did – no damnation for committing some kind of cross-cultural faux pas was bestowed upon me, simply they were the remnants of flowers from a wedding at a nearby hotel being cast away, and left to create their own kind of newly woven temporary beauty… I was captivated. I tempted my girls to come and sit amongst them and watched as they washed up, to and fro, up and down, swirling in the slightly rough sea and a small rainbow of beauty under a sky that was looming with menace – such a contrast….

a girl sits in water surrounded by flowers on a beach in Chennai, India, by Kirsty larmour
Kirsty Larmour - Chennai beach photography with flowers
A peaceful scene with a girl sitting amongst flowers on a beach in India by Kirsty Larmour
a blonde girl sits in some flowers on a beach in Southern India - Kirsty Larmour Photography
A girl walks along a beach scattered with flowers in India
details of a girl sitting in multicoloured flowers on a beach in Chennai, India, by travel photographer, Kirsty Larmour
details of a girl sitting in flowers on a beach in Chennai, India, by travel photographer, Kirsty Larmour
Flowers ona beach in Chennai, India by Kirsty Larmour travel photographer
details of a girl sitting in flowers on a beach in Chennai, India, by travel photographer, Kirsty Larmour

and so I created a little series of images that I adore – born out of curiosity, of asking, of waiting to see what was going on and I love those kind of random chance encounters that lead to little pieces of captured beauty – treasured forever for the random moment that they were…. I love encouraging others to grab opportunities, to find the unexpected beauty. In the chaos of life (which many of us hide somewhere in the depths of our phones and laptops) I choose to celebrate the unexpected moments of joy in life. Where will your curiosity take you? To beauty and more I hope too, with love, Kirsty xx

PS If you feel encouraged to capture beauty spontaneously please tag me (@kirstylarmour) on instagram and share – I delight in the delight of others, in seeing friends, strangers, students, grab those little moments of joy that make us smile in the every day. The small moments, the everyday moments, the messes and the beauty. And I’d love to see yours too.

PPS My spontaneity is significantly more cautious when money is involved if I’m parting with my money I need to know it’s worth it. How do you feel about growing your photography and joining an adventure in India? If your curiosity means you want to know more then pop over to my learning page – you’ll find the photography retreat in India that I’m running in March 2019 – it’s worth every penny (or rupee) I swear, because it’s exactly the kind of opportunity I know I would weigh up and then jump on.

I'm Kirsty Hello There!


Hi, I'm Kirsty, a lifestyle photographer and photography educator who lives in India. My approach to photography is to capture real life – with a little sparkle on top fueled by my obsession with pretty light. I want to treasure the moments that need to be remembered.

Grab a cup of tea and have a roam around my blog to see my photography style and ideas. (Check out the Details section up there on the menu bar, and the FAQ's for lots of info too). I post pictures on here from recent photo sessions, as well as some personal photo projects and some ramblings about life in general. Leave some love, check my page out over on Facebook to stay up to date, and come back again soon,

Kirsty xx

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