So my question is what is a good starting point for this? Will one of the 2 light starter kits with stands and umbrellas be a good start or should I not waste the money and start off with something a little more high end? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Have you considered renting gear or even renting an entire studio for the shoot?
While you can accomplish a lot with a 2 light kit, I don't recommend the inexpensive "starter kits" offered on eBay and elsewhere. A number of years ago I thought I was buying a better grade of gear than those kits, and I still ended up replacing almost everything even for my amateur use.
I was about to buy Paul Buff lights when I "fell into" a deal on a Hensel set-up. I'm very happy with the Hensel's, but at least in the U.S. they aren't very common. So accessories can be hard to find.
"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." — Kirk Tuck