Venice Paparazzi honored by California State Assembly Member Autumn Burke

A huge fist bump and thank you to  California State Assemblywoman Burke for featuring Venice Paparazzi as the “Small Business of the Century” … of the month I mean!

Assemblywoman Autumn Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly.  She represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey. For more info:

A message from Assemblywoman Burke.  “I’m proud to announce that I’ve selected Venice Paparazzi as our Small Business of the Month. Thank you for your service to the 62nd Assembly District, and for capturing the beauty of #Venice through your lenses.”

Certificate of Recognition reads…  “We are proud to name you Small Business of the Month.  On behalf of the California State Assembly.  I, Assembly woman Autumn Burke congratulate you for your commitment to the 62nd Assembly District.  Your effort to support and create a strong local economy is greatly appreciated.”

About our business:

Venice Paparazzi is a photo agency and information website for Venice, California.

The Venice Paparazzi Story:

Alex and Edizen Stowell started in 2003 as a photo booth on the Venice boardwalk, adding the media and, and event photography divisions shortly thereafter.

Alex and Edizen LLC, known to all as 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.


About our photo agency: 

Our photography division documents history and pays the bills.  With over 1000+ 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.

Hire Venice Paparazzi for your photography and video needs!  Check out our service site



Venice Paparazzi has also 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, Venice Paparazzi’s co-founder Edizen also received the Spirit of Venice Award at the Abbot Kinney Festival.

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.”.


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.


Edizen  shares the same birthday date November 16th, with Venice’s founder Abbot Kinney.

Photo taken at the Venice Art Crawl


Like what we do?  Support your local media and photographers!

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!

1. Hire Venice Paparazzi for your photography and photo booth needs!
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. .

3. Drop a donation via Paypal or Venmo! If you like what we do, or we have taken fantastic photos of you through the years, and would like the support, drop us some cash! Drop a donation via Pay Pal or Venmo us @venicepaparazzi.

Thank you!  We love you!

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