Meet the VP team!

The Venice Paparazzi Story: 

Alex and Edizen Stowell started in 2003 as a photo booth on the Venice boardwalk, adding the media and event photography divisions shortly thereafter.  Alex and Edizen LLC, known to all as VenicePaparazzi.com has blossomed into Venice longest running, and #1 website focused on connecting Venice locals with the best events and opportunities to enjoy paradise by the sea. Enjoy!

Here is how we got the name Venice Paparazzi.

The photo below is our 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.

Our first photo booth in 2003. Yes, we have been doing this a long time.

Venice Paparazzi founders Alex and Edizen Stowell

About our websites:

VenicePaparazzi.com 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 500,000 photos, we are the longest running, and most comprehensive Venice website in existence, bar none. VenicePaparazzi.com also 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. 
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VisitVeniceCA.com features organized lists of information helpful to visitors and locals alike!  As the sister site to the famed VenicePaparazzi.com, we are Venice’s #1 events, activities, local deals, and information source!

About our photo agency: 

Our photography division documents history and pays the bills.

With over 1,500 events covered, we are the event coverage and photo booth specialists!   We are experts in:  outdoor festivals, corporate events, family functions, fun paparazzi, red carpet set ups, automated open air photo booths, social photo booths, on site printing, video production, corporate portraits, green screen, online galleries, next day photo slideshows, and more.

We travel!  Although we are based in Venice, California and specialize in the Southern California area we are available for travel all over the United States!  Areas we have worked include, but are not limited to, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, New York, and Las Vegas.

Check out our service site HireVP.com.

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AWARDS!

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!

Venice Paparazzi’s co-founder Edizen received the Spirit of Venice Award 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.

The 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.”

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen Stowell was one of the co-founders of the Venice Art Crawl.

Venice Paparazzi celebrates 13 years of  Venice Chamber of Commerce membership, and 11 years of being on the Board of Directors.  Alex is the Chamber’s Tourism Chair.

We are also members of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

VP FUN FACT: 

Edizen  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!  View feature!

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Here is our May 1, 2020 message!

As a result of Covid-19, our entire business event photography/photo booth business has ground to a halt.  At the moment all the events we had booked for this year have been cancelled.

So, if we have taken your photos over the year and you want to show us some love… here are a few ways to support Venice Paparazzi during this time!

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1. Style out your Zoom conference call with a super cool iconic Venice backdrop by Venice Paparazzi.    Click here for details.
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2.  Buy Venice Paparazzi photos!  Cruise through our massive historical archive of Venice event photos, find your beautiful mug, and buy a photo!  Or find your friends and gift them photos of themselves. .  View event photos by Venice Paparazzi here!
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3. Drop a donation!  If you like what we do, and want to support, or we have taken fantastic photos of you through the years, and would like the relationship to reciprocate, drop us some cash! Pay Pal us right here or Venmo us @venicepaparazzi.

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4.  Thinking about having a post Covid-19 party when this is all over?  Make it epic with the Venice Paparazzi photo booth! HireVP.com.

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Thank you!  We love you!

Alex and Edizen Stowell
Alex and Edizen LLC.
Venice Paparazzi and Visit Venice California
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