BUSINESS PROFILE: TILANIE GROTE

  1. What is the name of your business and what is your role? Tilanie Grote Photography - owner
  2. Describe your business in two sentences. Durban-based portrait and lifestyle photographer. Focusing and passionate about personal branding and family photography.
  3. How long have you been in business? Going on 8 years.
  4. How did you get into this business? I think my interest was sparked by my husband being a photographer as well as me doing scrapbooking and looking for beautiful images to use. I am also creative so this is a wonderful outlet for my creativity.
  5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? I think in the current climate it is always finding more clients. I am doing my best with being active and visible on social media, being involved with networking and charity work.
  6. What single trait/skill could you not have succeeded without? I think I have the ability to make people feel super comfortable, so I do have a large amount of repeat clients.
  7. What is the best business advice you’ve received? ‘It is what it is” – I always want everything to be perfect and work in my favour but had to learn that sometimes situations just is what it is and you have to deal with it.
  8. Your secret to business success is? Consistency in what you do.
  9. What is your business goal for 2021? I would really like to grow my personal branding area of my photography a lot this year.
  10. Tell us one thing that not many people know about you? I am also a trained massage therapist and reiki practitioner.