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AK Dragoo Photography LLC

Coatesville, PA
Coatesville, PA


I came to photography in a very chance way, when I took my first course as my art credit in college when I was a biology major. Organic chemistry and I were not getting along the same semester I was holding a camera for the first time. While I couldn’t make my bonds work in the lab, I did grasp that if you turned the camera vertically you would not get pictures of people laying on their side. (Don’t laugh, there was a student repeating the basic course who couldn’t get past this point.)

I knew I was not destined for an office job, and I have always thrived on a short deadline, so journalism was an obvious choice. I have spent the last 14 of my 17 professional years as a staff photographer for a daily newspaper in suburban Philadelphia. As such, I am required to be able to shoot for all the sections; news, features, business and sports. In one day I could shoot a product shot, a portrait, a breaking news story and then a sporting event. I have covered sports from the professional level to kids in their first organized sporting experience.

I have won numerous awards from the national to the local level, including the AP Managing Editors Award for a Sports Photo. I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association, the International Association of Equestrain Journalists and American Horse Publications.

I am a workaholic and I love my career. I take the skills it requires to be a successful journalist into my corporate, commercial, editorial and stock images. My client list includes international, national and regional companies, magazines and newspapers.

I’ve ridden horses the majority of my life, and thus much of my stock involves horses in sport and at home. I primarily cover the three Olympic disciplines being located in eastern Pennsylvania, which places me in a prime area for this market. I have my own searchable database of equine stock images which can be found at HERE.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my work, stock image needs, or are in need of a photographer.