Getting to Know St. Louis Creatives with Brandon Voges

Bruton Stroube Studios is an independent study of creative collaborators working together to create beautiful imagery through photography and motion. As one of the studio’s partners and biggest cheerleaders of culture, Brandon Voges is the type of photographer that clients want to work with. When not shooting images that are reflective of his personality – fun, relaxed and slightly silly, he can be found chasing around his two young sons or on the rugby pitch. In today’s Getting to Know St. Louis Creatives Brandon gives us insight into being a creative leader in St. Louis. 

How does St. Louis differ from other design cities?
STL is old. In a good way. The history and culture here is something you can’t just create in other cities, it develops over long periods of time. I love knowing there are generations of artists/craftspeople here. That’s amazing.

What makes the design process at your agency studio different?
Experience, internal resources, strong talent and production relationships in other markets, and our culture. We’ve been solving problems for 30+ years, we have 30+ full time employees, we work all around the country (we love taking STL vibes and spreading them all over), and we truly love what we do…making stuff (especially our beer).

What makes a great designer/creative BSS employee?
They’re passionate, curious, humble, and a little weird. I love that people here are always doing interesting things outside of work (paper making, custom bike building, curing meats, making alien movies, building exact replica Ghost Busters proton packs, etc).

How do you know you’ve succeeded?
When our clients are proud of the work we’ve created together, and everyone has enjoyed the experience. When we’ve earned trust. That’s when we’ve done our job. Make quality things, make the process pain free and enjoyable…then all things are right in the world.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a design leader?
There aren’t enough daylight hours to make stuff. And how do you keep squirrels from eating your hops (we’re growing some for our beer…did I mention we brew our own beer? Mmmmm….beer.).

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