Back in the old days, we all used to enjoy going to photo studios to have our pictures taken.
Sometimes we would have to wait days and even weeks to receive our cherished photos, which we would then place in albums for our future viewing pleasure.
Fast forward decades later; photography has transitioned to instantaneous digital snapshots. With the advent of social media, especially apps like Instagram, photography has become a worldwide phenomenon.
In recent years, St. Lucia has seen an influx of photographers; currently ninety-two and counting. Many of them use social media to their advantage, establishing themselves as household names and gaining popularity for their work. One such brand is none other than Wavemaker Photography, which emerged on the scene in 2013.
Wavemaker Photography has since established itself as one of the most successful brands in St. Lucia. Their big break came in 2015 when they were awarded a photography contract by the St. Lucia Tourist Board for the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.
Wavemaker specializes in events and portrait photography with the emphasis on aerial photography and cinematic headshots. They have worked with the likes of Digicel, Flow, IGY, Verve Events, Bay Gardens and Capella Marigot Bay. James Adjodha and Jesse Evans – two close friends – are the brains behind the business. Continue reading
NikkiBiedes produces a range of pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, anklets, body chains and earrings beautifully crafted from semi-precious stones,
pearls, glass beads, silver, 14K gold and vermeil. There is something for everyone; children, adults, lawyers, doctors, college students… you name it! Intrigued by her five-star quality work, Dazzle could not miss the opportunity to take a peek into the fascinating realm of NikkiBiedes. Dig in!
Dazzle: Where did the idea for NikkiBiedes come from?
Nicole: I decided to get back in touch with my creative side after having quite a bit of free time on my hands. One day I was flipping through a magazine and saw these necklaces that I really liked and wanted but had no idea where to buy them. So I found some beads and started making my own pieces and before I knew it, I had made 40 necklaces. I attended the christening celebration for my friend’s daughter, wearing my necklaces. Everyone loved them and wanted to know where I got them from. Needless to say, they were surprised when I said I had made them. The next question was how much do you charge? I had never thought of selling my creations. And although making just one of these necklaces took me 30 minutes, I sold them at $5 for three. Word got around and the orders started pouring in. People started calling me NikkiBiedes for fun and then my fiancé also started calling me that, so I decided to brand my craft using that name.
Few entrepreneurs would readily admit that their accomplishments may not have been of their own doing.
For Dwayne McNeil Etienne, God’s plan for his success promised to give him everything that he wanted, so he followed that plan which has brought him to this very point in his career.
Being a professional sound engineer, Dwayne’s brand has been powering several musical events and their exuberant sounds, including BLiSS, SOS, Baywalk Jazz (2012 to the present), U4RIA, Live in Colour, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson’s ‘Show the World,’ Jazz Sampler, Fire Grill Jazz and many more! Dwayne was gracious enough to sit for an interview with Dazzle Magazine to chat about his successes and challenges in the music business and what the experience has been like for him.
Dazzle: Who is Dwayne Etienne?
Dwayne: I think I’d best be able to define myself as a sound engineer and entrepreneur. Someone who’s had years of experience in their field.
Whenever we put real thought into our actions, most of us would like to be able to say that we’ve made a lasting impression on the people around us.
Jean Claude John is driven by this desire to touch people’s hearts. He is a self-defined fitness enthusiast, personal trainer, bodybuilder and someone who changes lives. Aged 26, he works at Vel’s Fitness Centre, a family-owned fitness and personal training business. While this may not have been his childhood dream, through it, he has been able to find himself and discover his career path.
Dazzle: Was a career in fitness training always part of your plans for the future?
Jean Claude: Actually, no. I wanted a career in sound engineering and music production. I had ideas of going to study in the United Kingdom to be a professional music producer but it turns out that God had different plans for me.
by Gareth S. Jules
Daren Sammy is the first St. Lucian to ever play international cricket. He’s also a multiple Sportsman of the Year award recipient, the only captain to ever win two World T-20 tournaments, the only active player to have a national cricket stadium named after him, and the list goes on.
Daren has achieved so much, it is almost impossible to not label him a LIVING LEGEND. He’s also married and a father of three (3) children, and a humble humanitarian. We sat down with Daren Sammy for a candid interview about his rise to cricketing fame, his achievements, his family, the loss of his captaincy and the launch of his foundation.
Dazzle: Tell us about Daren Sammy’s rise in the world of cricket a cricket.
Daren: I grew up in an area where West Indies cricket was dominant. Everywhere you passed, cricket was played. It has always been a favorite sport of mine. I had a passion for cricket from school. Then I moved on to West Indies Under 19, and the rest is history.
by Toni Nicholas
For Cherisa ‘Rissa’ Samuels, founder of Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture, bagging a sweet dream was as easy as first believing in her quest to lose weight, when one night she dreamt of making a bag. Dumbfounded by the connection to her weight loss journey, she nonetheless woke up at 2:00 am that morning and was led to sketch what she had envisaged. Now, two years later, she has gone from bags to wishes as she watches her newfound passion unfold into a thriving business.
Rissa has since participated in a number of regional and local fashion events, including Barbados and Guyana Fashion Week and ‘Strut for a Cause’ right here in Saint Lucia, among numerous other events.
Dazzle Magazine recently caught up with Rissa at her store, Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture on the second floor of the JQ Mall in Rodney Bay. The store caters to unique clothing and bags hinged on Afrocentric colours and patterns for men, women and children. It also carries beaded pieces from Africa to complement the designer’s various lines.
Dazzle: How did all of this get started and did you ever see yourself where you are right now? Continue reading
Most professionals will admit that it took them a considerable amount of time, trial and error to experience that epiphanic moment. One that would pique their interest in something they’ve had a long-lasting passion for.
There’s no doubt that we all go through a process of soul-searching to decide which path on the fork of life we want to follow. For violinist and musician Yannick James, picking up the violin was a destiny waiting to be fulfilled.
His family originates from Babonneau. He attended the Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School (LHCSS) and then went on to study quantity surveying at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC). Yannick is a familiar face on the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival stage, performing for 13 consecutive years (2003-2016).
He has also performed at Tobago Jazz where he opened with Keyshia Cole, and at the World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal (2010) in front of an audience of over 50,000! These performances have certainly gifted him with a tremendous amount of experience and exposure. But before he got to that point, it started at home, within the family.
Dazzle: What role has your family played in your development as a creative individual? Continue reading
by Dahna Jn Charles
There I was scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed when I came across what looked like M.I.B. had caught an undercover alien mid transformation. I couldn’t help clicking on the photo to marvel at this work of art. Shortly thereafter, I thought, ‘Man, that’s a lot of black body paint, and she did this on herself just for practice? That’s going to be hard to get off her bathroom tiles.’ I almost always have the same thought every time I come across one of her creations but, most of all, I end up awestruck. Her attention to detail is impeccable. Her ability to create such lifelike looks is impressive. Allidonna George is definitely one to keep an eye on.
In her not so distant girl days, Alli played steel pan with the legendary Diamond Steel Orchestra for over a decade. It has been three years since she played pan, although it is still dear to heart, and she avidly follows the happenings at regional panorama events. Originating from Entreport, Alli is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Convent and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College- Division of Technical Education and Management. As a child, she used to be fascinated by the stars and the many constellations and dreamed of one day becoming an astronomer. She has retained her fascination but her ambitions have since changed to painting night-sky-like images onto faces and bodies. Continue reading
The term three-peat refers to an individual or a team winning a competition three consecutive times.
In the 1970s the Mighty Pelay was the first St. Lucian artiste to ever achieve a three-peat for his performances in the calypso arena. No one would ever have thought that another local calpypso or soca artiste would achieve this feat again. However, in 2006 Alpha scored a three-peat victory for his thrilling performance in the Power Soca Monarch competition.
Fast forward ten years later and St. Lucia witnesses another three-peat triumph, this time in the Groovy Soca Monarch competition, a dynamic musical addition to our carnival festivities. The winner was none other than Elijah ‘Arthur’ Allain, a twenty-five year old teacher from the picturesque and majestic community of Soufriere. Continue reading
When faced with a decision that is likely to change the course of your life, do you do what you love or what you’re good at? The choice is tough and truthfully, not many young entrepreneurs are able to get it right the first time around.
Even then, it’s difficult to be patient when making strides along an unclear path that could potentially lead to you achieving your dreams. For Maria Leo, overcoming hurdles and making the right choices were just the beginning of her journey to realising her true passion, something she continues to do daily. Continue reading