After receiving a grant from the Prince's Trust, Bremner was able to stay in Merseyside, working as a freelance photographer and documenting the northwest and Wales for publications including The Times and the Guardian, as well as the Liverpool Housing Trust's supplement.
In 2007, after the death of his mother, he returned to Wick to look after his father, who was suffering from dementia. By the time he was able to put him in a care home, his camera equipment was, he says, "dead in the water", and a move back to Liverpool was not feasible. "Liverpool is my hometown. I know more people there than I do in Scotland. That's why I want to move back," he says.