I honestly can't tell you if this in the right place. If it is not in the right place, can it be moved to the right forum?

I am a teacher and I want to shoot protraits of my students hilighting what they feel are their best assets. I have the vision of what I want to do and the link below is to a guy that comes close to what I have in mind.

He works a lot with polaroids and has done a lot of really amazing work with the polaroid 20x24

My problem is I do not know how to light the subjects.

Can someone help me get a handle on this?