The Venice Paparazzi Story: 

Alex and Edizen Stowell started  Venice Paparazzi as photo booth kiosk on the Venice Boardwalk in 2003.  By 2006 the locally world famous website was up and the history of Venice has been documented and housed there ever since.
Venice Paparazzi is Venice California’s #1 community, photos, events, news, and information site!  With over 1,500 events covered, and a photo archive of well over 600,000 photos, we are the longest running, and most comprehensive Venice website in existence, bar none. has a stacked events calendar, the latest news, spot lights on many folks in the community, and whole lot of fun info. that shines a bright light on Venice.  We hope you enjoy exploring it as much as we enjoyed creating it. 
Our photography division documents history and pays the bills.  We offer event photography, photo booths, red carpet set ups, videography and more.  If you are having an event, hit us up, and let’s see how we can partner to make it better.  Check out our service site

Venice Paparazzi founders Alex and Edizen Stowell

Venice Paparazzi Fun Facts!

Venice Paparazzi has received awards from:  U.S. Congress, California State Legislature, The County of Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, the Venice Chamber of Commerce; In 2015 VP founder Edizen received the coveted Venice Spirit Award, due in part to her being a co-founder of the Venice Art Crawl.

In addition to both VP co-founders currently sitting on the board of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, our company partners with several community organizations for local project, including Boys and Girls Club of Venice, Venice Arts, Fire Station 63, LAPD, and A Window Between Worlds to name a few.

Here is how we got the name Venice Paparazzi.

The photo below is the first Venice Paparazzi photo booth on the boardwalk in Venice, California in 2003. We built it from wood scraps that we found around the neighborhood. The 2.0 Kodak camera, 13 inch TV screen, and HP photo printer were powered by a deep cycle marine battery making us mobile. Back then not everyone had a cell phone so it was a quite a treat for people to see themselves on the screen. Alex was the photographer, and Edizen was the tech. As Alex would take pics of people walking along the boardwalk, he would yell “photo key chains… $5 dollars!” and point to the tv screen. Sometimes people did not like that, so if Edizen sensed hostility, she would immediately yell out “Gotcha.. Paparazzi!,” to lighten the situation up. Hence that is where we got the name Venice Paparazzi.

Venice Paparazzi’s co-founder Edizen getting the Spirit of Venice Award and being presented a City of L.A. Certificate of Recognition by City Council member Mike Bonin at the Abbot Kinney Festival in 2015

About:  Since 1989, the Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized exemplary stakeholders nominated by the community for their contributions to the spirit, creativity and uniqueness of Venice.

City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition reads “The City of Los Angeles celebrates the Spirit of Venice Awardee Edizen Stowell and gratefully salutes her leadership and dedication to our neighborhoods. Edizen’s unwavering commitment to the community has impacted countless people while improving and enhancing our quality of life. Through such steadfast dedication and caring deeds, Edizen has helped to make the City of Los Angeles a better place to which to live.”

Here is part of her speech on that fun day in Venice! “We live in a magical place! I love Venice and its people. And when you love something, you must do everything you can to support it and make it the best it can be. Thank you Venice, Abbot Kinney Festival, and to my best buddy Alexander Stowell for your support, acknowledgement, and friendship.

Venice Paparazzi celebrates 10 years of  Venice Chamber of Commerce membership, and 8 years of being on the Board of Directors.

Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen Stowell was one of the co-founders of the Venice Art Crawl. She also shares the same birthday date, November 16th, with Venice’s founder Abbot Kinney.

Venice Paparazzi’s Alex and Edizen featured in Venice Living Magazine!

We are honored to be featured in Venice Living Magazine.  A big fist bump to the super fun and talented staff at Venice Living for putting this together!  Thank you Carole Stine, Betty Bailey and Sam Diephuis for telling our story! Go team!.

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Alex Stowell, Co-Founder
Alex and Edizen LLC.
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