Three sisters, Onyeka Ufere, Chika Okafor, and Ogechi Babalola aged 30, 27, and 26 respectively glared as they posed in white long gowns, beautifully holding their baby bumps and giggling with one another. The thoughtful sh-ots manifest the tight-knit trio’s closeness at a heartrending part in their lives where they all are ready to commence upon pregnancy and giving birth together.
Notwithstanding, these three never anticipated to carry at the same time, they believe their new journeys will be much easier as they now will be able to share them.Three sisters will be giving birth to four children within months of one another.
Onyeka decided not to find out the s-x of her babies until delivery. Next month she will be giving birth to her second pair of twins and the other two sisters will give birth to baby boys. They said the experience was nostalgic of growing up together as they helped support each other in many things like doing make-up, hair, sharing clothes, etc.These photographs were clicked by Cynthia Onyejii, on Manhattan Beach, California. Onyeka said: “It was never in our plans to become pregnant together, sharing something like this with my sisters never crossed my mind.”
“I envisioned being the major support for them in their marriages and pregnancies, but I never imagined this.” “But being able to go through it together makes the happiness and craziness of pregnancy a lot easier.” “Being in my home together it was like when we were younger and living in our parents’ home.” “At that moment it felt like we were at a sister sleepover, it transpired onto the pictures and showed our chemistry.” Sisters also mentioned that Cynthia was capable of capturing the love that we share and the love for being pregnant, she made it look outstanding. “We felt beautiful and strangers kept giving us compliments and asked us why we were doing the photoshoot.”
All three of them grew up together in the same room since their mother decided to convert separate bedrooms into one single large room for the three of them. At first, they quarrel but later believed that it was a positive thing as it resulted in a strong bond which they shared among them. Onyeka shared the same room from the age of 9 until she left for college at the age of 18. She said: “Back then we were like ‘No we want our own rooms’ but sharing it meant we couldn’t keep anything away from one another.” “We shared everything, from secrets to helping each other through relationships, with friends and couldn’t hide anything.”
“My sisters live in different homes, so we don’t get the opportunity to be together as often and that makes this even more special.” Cynthia Onyejiji who photographed them, who she grew up with, and who considers her family even referring to her as a ‘cousin’, near the pier on Manhattan Beach during a one-hour photoshoot.
She said: “Having known them for so long I thought it was beautiful and wanted to be a part of their story.” “The oldest sister has already been a mother before, so I wanted to center around her having been through it and the sisters looking up to her, which is not far from the truth.”
“I wanted to use white clothing as there is something pure about that color and I knew their skin tone would contrast, so it would be beautiful.” “It was very natural, I told them to have fun and be playful, which I came across.” “You want it to feel real and authentic, they are sisters and have a very natural bond.” Cynthia describes her favorite two photographs and how the bond between the siblings deepened the strength of her photography. She said: “The one where they are laughing seemed very natural and authentic, it surmises their relationship with each other and the journey they are embarking on.” “Then the image where the water is crashing behind them seems like poetry in motion.”
“I was honored to photograph such a beautiful moment and share their story. They are my family. I’m so proud and happy for them.” “It was a pleasure to take part in a little piece of their journey.” Since the heart-warming photographs were released, the oldest sister Onyeka, who runs lifestyle and parent blog www.onyeeslifestyle.com – said the family has received a mix of positive and hateful comments online. She said: “We are all successful career women who want children – you can have a career, a family, a happy marriage and be very young as well.” “We came from good homes and are not just babymakers.”