About Us

You make your clients happy.
So do we.

Because your photos deserve the highest-quality albums at the best prices—and you deserve a partner who cares.

Beautiful photos belong is high-quality albums. And you need a partner who cares. Hi. We’re Leena and Emin, and we started Penguin Albums because quality and customer service is a necessity, not an option. We’ve been hand-making leather albums in Los Angeles since 2006. With Leena’s background in design, and Emin’s upbringing in the photo industry (he learned to crawl in his family’s photo lab), we decided to marry the two (and each other!)—and bring a modern edge to album-creation that provides photographers with what they really need: quality, ease, efficiency and partnership.


How do we create handmade, heirloom albums of the highest quality, right here in the US? We’ve got connections. Now, so do you.

We create handmade, heirloom albums from your beautiful photos—and we make the whole thing painless for you. Working with us means:

  • You do the same amount of work, and make more money
  • You provide even more value to your clients
  • You’ll never have to design an album yourself
  • Your photos will live in beautiful albums (not CDs at the bottom of drawers)
  • A tangible expression of your work that people will see
  • You can talk to real humans


Detail, hand-crafted and technology

As much as technology evolves, for some things, you need a human eye and a human touch. Watch our production process, which integrates hand-craft where it matters, and technology where it matters. Machines can’t wrap and glue leather the way a human hand can—but a hand can’t assure exacting quality while adhering a photo with precisely the right amount of glue, pressure, and speed. Right here in LA, we create hand-crafted, heirloom albums-using the perfect mix of technology and human craftsmanship.

Quality, service, & profits you’ll love.

Many of our clients have switched to us because they were tired of being disappointed—by lack of quality, slow turnaround times and non-existent customer service. We care about your business. We’re all about making your life easier. Providing your clients with albums shouldn’t be a headache. It should be easy and enjoyable. Let us help.

Our Happy Clients

“It was such a pleasure working with Leena to finally make my wedding album. She was so professional and kind. The album was nothing short of perfection and amazing quality. It came in a beautiful box that will help preserve the album. She was also nice enough to edit some pictures for me. And she delivered the album earlier than she had projected! She made this process so easy and smooth.”

—Anita A.

“The idea of creating a memorable album is wonderful, but such a daunting task. I'm so glad I worked with Penguin Albums to create a high quality and simply beautiful album for our daughter. The process was seamless and I loved working with the team on the design and layout. I would recommend Penguin for any special album needs!”

Annette, Village Splendor

“Long distance communication problems are always a big issue, that’s why I switched to Penguin Albums. Penguin Albums always responds quickly, and their friendly and knowledgeable personnel are easy to work with. They have the same if not better quality albums, with quicker and easier processing time. Also a BIG PLUS, they are less expensive. Dealing with locals is always A+ for me, and it helps that they have offer design services which I use time to time.”

Ara Images

“Thank you to Leena and team for bringing my vision for a second wedding album to life. I wanted an album that completely captured not only the entire day from start to finish but as also as many of our guests who participated in our joy as possible - but, I was worried about how the sheer number of photographs would affect the quality of the album. Penguin Albums exceeded all of my expectations by creating the most stunning, handmade, soft leather album displaying close to 400 of our favorite photographs. Each image is displayed on super thick, lay-flat paper. And, the best part is the plexi glass cover featuring one of my favorite photographs from the big day! Everyone is sooo impressed when they see it - it looks like a work of art. Leena was so easy to work with too. Once I selected my images, I had a proof within a few days and the actual album, which came in a beautiful keepsake box, in hand only a few short weeks later. I would absolutely work with Penguin Albums again and would recommend then to anyone who is looking for a high end album that they will be proud to display!”

—Yvette Thomassian

”I wasn’t really ordering albums because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle but Penguin Albums has made the experience so easy. Leena takes care of everything from A-Z! I love the personal attention I get via phone, text, and email. I am so happy with Penguin Albums' high quality covers and pages. And their design service, Love it! Leena is very patient and works with me, for all my client requests and changes. Using Penguin Albums has been simple and worry free. I’m so glad I decided to try Penguin Albums. They have made my album design and purchase something to look forward to.”

Hilma Phototography

“We were missing a way to offer a higher end product to our clients, we needed to make ourselves different from the other photographers. Penguin Albums offered us a higher end product at a starting rate we could work with and offer to our clients. We loved the idea of the hand made albums in LA, plus they were a husband and wife team. We love working with small businesses, just like us. The color and quality of the prints in the albums were true to our edits and the Plexi Cover Album is a huge hit with our clients. At first was hard to give up designing our albums, but the design team does such a great job we feel confident allowing them to do it. We really appreciate the customer service and attention to our products. We have peace of mind knowing Leena & Emin will treat our images with care and produce an amazing product. Although they work with many clients, we love the one on one attention we get from them.”

Monica Linda Photography

“There aren’t enough good things to say about Penguin Albums! Leena is a consummate professional through and through and made the entire process easy and extremely pleasant. Penguin Albums have so many options and colors, facilitating the creation of my vision and the last piece of our perfect wedding day. The albums were done in a short amount of time, and are of the best quality! I love sharing my memories with my family and friends, and the beautiful packaging makes for a wonderful coffee table addition! Thank you so much for the most perfect wedding album- it is above and beyond anything I expected!”

—Eva Minaskeian