Sophie Köhler was born in Germany. While in high school she participated in an eight-month student exchange program in Melbourne (Australia), where she perfected her English. After passing the German university entrance exam (Abitur), she moved to Barcelona, where she studied cinematographic direction at the Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya. From 2006 to 2010 she worked as an editor’s assistant for the Lavinia production company and as an editor for the National Geographic Store.
Meanwhile, she completed a Master’s degree in Documentary Creation at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and later a postgraduate degree in Cinematography at the School of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies of Catalonia (ESCAC). She then worked as assistant director and assistant camerawoman in three feature-length documentaries premiered in cinemas: ‘El Foso’ (2012), 'A tutti i popoli del mondo' (2013) and ‘Cartas a María’ (2015).
While working as an assistant camerawoman she became interested in still photography, and currently works as a unit still photographer.
She speaks English, German, Spanish and Catalan.