Alex Stowell of Venice Paparazzi here. VP started as a photo kiosk on the Venice boardwalk in 2003. In 2005 we went “hi tech” and got a website to house our galleries. It was called Edizens.com. The first event to go up was the 2005 Muscle Beach Bodybuilding Championships. In 2006, we switched to VenicePaparazi.com and got the DBA in said name. The first official event as such was the Venice Originals Skateboard Shop grand opening. Since then we have had an unquantifiable amount of fun documenting Venice, and periodically we pause to celebrate the journey.
It has been 7 trips around the sun since 2011 when Venice Paparazzi hosted its 5th year anniversary bash at Hotel Erwin. And what an evening it was! A red carpet entrance, open bar, full catering, a super fun VP photo booth, an awards ceremony , and most of all, a standing room crowd of our favorite Venetians. Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen was presented an award of recognition from the City of Los Angeles. Mark Antonio Grant, from Council member Bill Rosendahl’s office, was there to present.
As well, Venice Paparazzi held an awards ceremony to recognize the hard working people who put on events in the community. The recipients were: Venice Beach Music Fest, Venice Art Crawl, Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club, Venice Eco Fest, XTP- Extreme Paddle Tennis, Venice Surf-a-Thon, Venice Carnevale, Thanksgiving Throwdown, Muscle Beach Venice events (Figure and Bodybuilding, Sumo and Muscle Beach Toy Drive), Venice Beach Basketball League, Venice Custom Bicycle, and Venice Neighborhood Community BBQ.
Check out photos below from the Epic 2011 Venice Paparazzi 5th Year Anniversary and Awards Ceremony. Thank you Hotel Erwin and Barlo Kitchen and Cocktails for sponsoring our 5 year anniversary event. Additional sponsors include: Kelley Baker Brows, Jim Robb, Paige Petrone of Paige Media, Control Printing, Sweet or Treat
Featured Photo: Venice Paparazzi’s Alex Stowell, Edizen Stowell, Vanessa Etheridge, Ross Alexander Wilson, and Madison.
2nd photo: Kettlebell Boxing team Jon Kim, Katherine Treadwill, Aileen Martinez, Lizzy Mulkey, Alex Stowell, Edizen Stowell.
We are thinking 2018 is the perfect time to do it again!
Stay tuned for details on the 12th Year Venice Paparazzi Anniversary party!
View 2011 Venice Paparazzi Anniversary highlight photos below!
Photo: Emily Winters and Regina give Venice Paparazzi a thumbs up!!!!
Photo: Andrea Tan, Edizen, Aileen Martinez and Lisa Crow. We deserve these calories!!!!
Details for the 11 year Venice Paparazzi Anniversary party will be revealed in 2018. Stay tuned!