I went to Aki-Con in '09 as a guest. I forgave a lot of their errors (like having AA on tiny tables in the hall) as them being a second-year con. And while the photo room was cute, I couldn't help but wonder why they weren't giving that space to the artists. Sad to see that this didn't change. :-/
Aki-con taught me what NOT to do at a con, both as a guest and an attendee. I now apply all the lessons learnt that year to my current con staffing experiences.