Gavin was born in Coonabarabran, a small rural town in Australia. He however spent much of his youth on Sydney’s beaches, surfing and skateboarding fully embracing the vibrant punk post-apocalyptic surf lifestyle of the 80s & 90's.
After completing school, Gavin made adventures by travelling to Europe, Mexico and North America. There, he first began using an old film SLR camera to document his travels, and his interest in photography flourished. Upon returning to Australia, Gavin continued his studies in Advertising and Fine Art photography. During this time, Gavin assisted some of Sydney’s best fashion photographers. With time, he began to take his own jobs shooting, and his formal introduction as a fashion photographer came after editorials for acclaimed large-format magazines, Oyster and ELLE.
Although his early inspiration came via the rich natural locations and the extraordinary light of Australia, Gavin has further developed his emotive style in the cutting edge photography markets of Europe and the United States.
Today, Gavin resides in New York City but continues to document his travel and surfing adventures in between jobs for clients including TESLA MOTORS, SONY MUSIC and REVLON COSMETICS.
"She (Nicole Trunfio) has worked extensively in studios and on locations with such esteemed photographers as Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindberg, Terry Richardson, and Australia's Gavin Rea..."
CREAM Magazine, Issue 57