For so long, Morgan Wolfers has been "that kid."
"Who is that kid that's melting down, you know, whose kid is that, that's throwing a temper tantrum in school," Heather Wolfers, Morgan's mother, said. "He's had a lot of people look at him in a negative way."
The 10-year-old boy was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.
"Sometimes, it's a little bit hard to concentrate on things," Morgan said.
At Free Horizon Montessori in Golden, Teacher Miranda Anderson says Morgan does a operate a little differently in class.
"The only difference I see with him and the other students is that he does need that extra clarification of directions," Anderson said.
Clarity and direction are exactly what Morgan and his parents are looking for when they hike through the trails in the mountains of Jefferson County. Morgan has taken up nature photography.
"You get close, then you can the yellow and green part of the leaf," Morgan said while crouched down in a meadow of long grass and flowers.
His father, Adam Wolfers, believes that autism plays a role in Morgan's work.
"He has always noticed stuff other people don't notice," Adam Wolfers said.
What started as a hobby borrowing mom's phone while they went for walks has now turned into a passion. Morgan has become so good at photography, he decided to start his own business.
"Once he kind of like got hooked into this and what he could do with a camera, it's been kind of a rollercoaster ride," Heather Wolfers said.
Morgan started selling his work in a Conifer store called Red Roof Relics. Owner Loretta Hamilton charged him $10 for a spot on the sales wall.
"He happened to come in with his mom and he was ready to start a business," Hamilton said. "I thought it was amazing that somebody so young would even want to start something."
Ten percent of this 10-year-old boy's profits go to the Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative which supports autistic artists.
"I've seen a lot of things that amaze me and I just want to share those things with others," Morgan said.
Hamilton says he's sharing a lot of them.
"He's one of our top sellers," Hamilton said.
His pictures have garnered so much attention and so many accolades that National Geographic selected an image of Morgan's to be displayed in the home Vice President Joe Biden.
"I was like oh my God, I can't believe it," Morgan said.
The magazine selected an image of a moth laying eggs. Morgan calls it his signature work so far.
"Wish we could've gone to Washington to see it," Heather Wolfers said.
More importantly, chasing his passion has helped Morgan focus in all aspects of his life, according to his father. Adam Wolfers says Morgan is no longer "that kid" having trouble interacting with others.
"The photography is kind of his saving grace because it gets people to look past all that," Adam Wolfers said.
Now, Morgan is "that kid" who wants to inspire all "those kids".
"Try new things and explore your limits and what you want to do," Morgan said.
Morgan's photographs are part the Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative display at the Denver Art Museum through Oct. 2.