Estabrook graduated from Rhode Island College in 1969 and continued his studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 1971 he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography at the School of the Art Institute. Since graduating in 1971, Estabrook has taught at the universities of Illinois and Northern Iowa, chaired the Photography Program at Kansas City Art Institute and coordinated a new program in photography at San Jose State University. He also traveled to Sheffield, England, to participate in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange at Sheffield Polytechnic. Estabrook is now a professor of Art and Design at San Jose State University, where he has taught since 1984. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions.