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For group shots, head to the street in front of the house and ask the teens to walk toward you while you click away. Tell the group they can hold hands if they want. Instruct them not to look straight at you, but to interact as they would if they were strolling together. "They're walking, they're probably goofing around and having fun," said Scott Feierstein, owner of Red Sweatshirt Photography in Bellmore. "The girls like to strut in their heels."

Pictured: Courtney Jordan, Qinyonie Poole, Shatik Jones and Brianna Williams walk toward the camera for a photo-op at a pre-prom party before heading out to the Copiague High School prom. (May 23, 2013)(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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Prom picture tips from Long Island photographers

If it's prom night, parents turn into the prom-parazzi — snapping photo after photo at traditional pre-party house gatherings, then posting them proudly on Facebook.

Here are professional photography tips on how to take interesting pre-prom photos. Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School students, who gathered at the home of senior Jessica Hemmings in Amityville, tested the techniques before heading to their recent prom at VillaLombardi's in Holbrook. --Beth Whitehouse