Julie Kubal was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Astronautical Engineering and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for eight years. During that time, she lived in Spain and worked in the Balkans and the Middle East.

Julie left the Navy in 2004 to pursue a career in photography and graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in June 2005.

She then spent several months freelancing in Latin America, photographing a range of subjects including immigration and the spread of HIV. Her work focused on the exploration of larger social issues through the more intimate, personal stories of individuals.

Julie is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop where she was awarded an internship at the White House. Additionally, Julie was selected as a 2006 summer fellow at the Poynter Institute to study community beat reporting.

Her work has been published in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Orange County Register, and The Fader, among others. 

In 2008, with the birth of her son, she started her own business Julie Kubal Photography documenting the ever-changing lives of children and their families, capturing their unique spirit. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice in and around Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. 

Julie lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son.