Julia Rendleman grew up in southern Illinois. She graduated with a degree in political science from Loyola New Orleans in 2002 and received a masters degree in photojournalism from Southern Illinois University in 2010.
In 2010, she won a Getty Images Student Grant for editorial photography for a story about five incarcerated women at Dixon Springs, a military-style prison boot camp in Illinois.
In 2011, she was a student fellow of the Pulitzer Center with a project on the paradox of Jamaican agriculture: an abundant supply of fish, fruits and vegetables while farmers struggle to find financial success.
She is a staff photographer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.