1952 - Born in paradise, Pasadena California, a real Leave it to Beaver life.
1971 - Spent a summer on my own, working in Yellowstone National Park, I realized I could have fun and get paid, a little. I have wonderful memories recorded on my Kodak Instamatic.
1972 - I received my draft notice and realized life wasn't all fun. I was assigned to the Signal Corps, as a photographer, a great deal more fun than driving a tank or carry a rifle.
1975 - Went back to school at Brooks Institute of Photography, it was a very competitive environment. I came out of school with a major in commercial photography.
1978 - Needing a break from the competitive school environment I took a job working in the commercial fishing industry as a commercial diver, an amazing experience.
1979 - Worked as a freelance photo assistant in L.A.
1979 - Formed a partnership and launched Shot in the Dark Studios, a commercial photography business.
1980 - Moved our business to Rochester N.Y. because life was too fun.
1982 - Married the love of my life, which was my reason for moving the business to Rochester. Sue and I have three wonderful children, it's a lot more work to have fun.
1989 - Dissolved my partnership in Shot in the Dark Studios and continued as Robert Barker Photography specializing annual report photography. The new direction meant I was traveling for most projects, which was very fun, for me. My life was being split in two; my family and my business.
1995 - The perfect solution presented itself - as the director of University Photography I was able to bring my two worlds together again, family and photography. This position has again brought back the realization I could have fun and get paid, a little.
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