Columbine Goldsmith was born in Los Angeles, California and started taking pictures after her father, a cinematographer, gave her an old Nikon FG-20 on a trip to Mexico. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she lived in Europe and then returned to the US to start assisting photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Norman Jean Roy, Sebastian Kim and many others.

She now makes films and shoots portraits and fashion for Dazed, Dazed Digital, Nowness, Vanity Fair, Self Service, Dossier, W, Twin and Wonderland amongst others while splitting her time between New York and Paris.