Alison Harbaugh came to Annapolis, Maryland in the summer of 2002 after leaving Philadelphia to pursue a career in photography. With a degree in Graphic Design Communications from Philadelphia University and no true leads to photography jobs, she jumped at the opportunity to work at The United States Naval Academy as a sports photographer where she learned the ins and outs of the sports photography world alongside the head photographer at the Naval Academy Athletic Association. During her time at USNA, she also assisted the Raven’s head Photographer and shot their games for two seasons. After two years of shooting the many varsity sports at USNA, she moved into the world of photojournalism by taking a full time position as a photojournalist for the Annapolis Capital newspaper. For three years, she captured the spirit of the people of Anne Arundel County and created many memorable moments through the variety of assignments she was given. In doing this, she realized that her real passion was in sealing a moment in time and capturing the true essence of a person’s personality, documenting them in their everyday lives. With the newpaper industry suffering, she decided to take a risk and quit her job so that she could be her own boss. She started Freckle Photography in the summer of 2007. Beginning with a strong focus on newborn and children’s documentary photography and then weddings. Today, she can be found photographing everything from kids to corporate events, USNA events, and non profit annual reports. Her heart will always be in documentary photography and she continues to follow that path as she works her way into the non profit/NGO photography scene. She is involved in Vision Workshops, a non profit workshop that works with children in the community, teaching them to express themselves using photography and writing. In 2012 she formed a mutimedia group called Sugar Farm Productions, working alongside some of her favorite people in the industry. Sugar Farm is focused on wedding and corporate multimedia projects.
Most recently Alison partnered up with Stacey Turner (of Already Artists) to open an arts space in the Arts District of Annapolis. ArtFarm is the place to be for creative minds and talents of all ages, offering a variety of classes, visionary events and and stellar gallery space.
She is a member of ASMP Baltimore as well as WPOW (Women Photojournalists of Washington).Her work has been featured in solo shows at 49 West Winebar and Gallery, National Geographic Website “Photo of the Day”, DC Foto Week 2011 and currently can be seen and purchased at the Sheraton Hotel in Annapolis and ArtFarm. In 2006 her first book “Where Severn Joins the Tide” was published through the USNA Alumni Association. She
currently resides in Arnold, Maryland with her husband Ruben Dobbs (Swampcandy) and her 20 year old friend, a turtle named Sebastian.
Freckle Photography has split into another business as well! www.SugarFarmProductions.com will be taking care of all the corporate gigs and events, documentary stories and video production. Come check out the new team!