Notes, Slides, and Favorite Photos from TBEX Toronto 2013

People - Portrait- Toronto, Canada - Travel Photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström
I’m still trying to decompress from what I feel was the best TBEX conference to date. We’ve definitely come a long way from TBEX New York and Copenhagen even, both of which I enjoyed because I got to hug and chat with friends I’ve known online for a long time.

There’s been a lot of online chatter about what people liked and didn’t like about TBEX. Personally, I view TBEX and travel blogging conferences as factories (in a good way, hang with me…). Newbie bloggers go in raw through one end of the factory, learn all the tips and tricks, collect tools, and network as they move through the conveyor belts, and they come out the other end armed and ready to make the most of their passion and potentially build it into a business.

This also answers that question for experienced bloggers who seem to be frustrated after every TBEX. You’ve already gone through the factory. You already know what you want to do. TBEX is continually inspiring and nurturing new bloggers who would like to be like you.

So as experienced bloggers, you can come back to TBEX every year to run alongside those conveyor belts saying “You can do it! You can do it!” and be a source of inspiration for newer bloggers by sharing your expertise even if you feel like you’ve personally outgrown it.

Or we can keep bitching about it. And you’d be surprised that you’ll still leave every conference with a handful of “I didn’t know that!” notes as well. I know I did, especially during Ian Cleary’s superb Social Media tools talk.

For me though, TBEX is and always will be about the people – new and old – that I meet and get to know so I wanted to share a few of my favorite portraits from Toronto below from the photo walk as well as hanging around.

I took over 100 portraits so if I took your portrait, check out my Toronto – People here and let me know which ones you’d like to personally have.

For more shots from Toronto including landmarks, markets, and lifestyles, check out my general Toronto – Gallery.

And if you missed my travel photography session, check out the slides – Telling Your Stories Through Travel Photography.

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To all the wonderful souls I met at TBEX as well as the TBEX Conference Team, a hearty thank you for the memories. See you in Dublin maybe?

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  • http://www.offtoseetheworld.net Dallas

    First I’d like to say thank you for a really great session at TBEX. I found that most sessions Saturday and Sunday were either informative or inspirational, but your’s was actually both extremely helpful and quite inspirational at the same time.

    I also want to say thank you for your positive take on this year’s TBEX. This past week I’ve seen quite a few veteran bloggers complain about how large TBEX has gotten, or that the information was too basic for them. As a newcomer, it’s a bit disheartening to see some veterans complain about what they didn’t like about TBEX. Thanks for keeping such a positive attitude about it and sharing your photos with us.

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola Akerstrom

      @Dallas – Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad you found it both helpful and inspirational. I wanted to make sure that it was practical as I’ve personally been to conferences where many sessions seemed so nebulous with no concrete action items.

      As for keeping things positive, that’s the only way I operate through life :) I just wanted to sum up how I generally feel about TBEX after attending a couple of them. I always walk away with at least five new things I’ve learned regardless of experience.

      Hope you found TBEX as a whole worthwhile and useful.

  • Monica-USA

    It sounds and looks like it was a success. The pictures are fabulous!! :)

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      @Monica-USA – Thanks! It really was a good time and I enjoyed it.

  • Janice Temple

    Lola,

    Thank you for those fantastic portraits. It is honor to be photographed by you.

    I personally went to TBEX to personalize my online relationships, make new blogger friends,
    Network with travel industry brands. I loved this TBEX. It has grown tremendously over the years.
    Every year it keeps getting better.

    I learned a great deal from your photowalk on how to interact
    With people before taking their photo.

    It was a pleasure meeting you at TBEX in person and taking
    Our online friendship into real time.

    • http://www.walkingthespirit.com Julia Browne

      Hi Lola, what a privilege it was to meet you! I used to do a lot of photography, let it go, then when I saw you big-a camera
      on Friday, I feel it coming back. Love your photo galleries. Keep well, and your little daughter, too.

      • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

        @Julia – Likewise and thanks! Please pick it back up again and if you ever need tips or pointers, please always feel free to ask. Was a pleasure meeting you at our brunch.

    • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

      @Janice – Thanks so much! And it was so wonderful to finally give you a hug and meet you in person. Glad to call you my friend!